Roasted Pumpkin Seeds: The world’s healthiest and tastiest foodJump to Recipe
There is NOTHING better than roasted pumpkin seeds, especially with garlic. It’s so easy to make and it’s actually really healthy for you. Feed them to your kids as snacks instead of Doritos! Believe me. I am the pickiest eater in the world. I hate vegetables and basically anything good for you. I eat them because I have to, but unless it’s junk food, I usually don’t enjoy it. HOWEVER, roasted pumpkin seeds is another thing.
Ideally, you should grow your own pumpkins–organically and with lots of manure because manure is of course where we plants get their nutrition. Pumpkin seeds have tons of manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and some protein. They’re high in anti-oxidants, have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, may help fight cancer and could even fight diabetes. Eat them!
Remove the Pumpkin Seeds
Start with a pumpkin, duh. Doesn’t matter what it looks like on the outside as long as the inside is nice and healthy.
Cut that sucker open and start pulling the seeds out. Don’t scoop them out with a spoon or anything because then you’ll get lots of the pulp. Just use your fingers.
Start to rinse the pumpkin seeds. I like using a bowl instead of a colander because I think you can actually get more pulp off this way.
As you stir it around, let the pumpkin seeds slide off your fingers and the pulp will stick to your hand. Rinse that off. Eventually you’ll get most of the pulp out. A little doesn’t hurt.
Boil and roast the pumpkin seeds
Boil the seeds in salt water, about a tablespoon of salt, per cup of seeds. Drain the water out, pat it dry with a paper towel and then spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet. Pour a bit of olive oil on it and toss it in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 -40 minutes depending on how crispy you want them.
Or put them in for hours like me and burn them. *sigh*
Don’t worry, even if you burn them they will probably still taste good! Mine did.
Seriously they were amazing.
I like to sprinkle garlic on AFTER I cook them because the garlic burns pretty fast.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
- 1 Pumpkin
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil Or whatever it takes to lightly coat the seeds
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder To taste
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
- Toss seeds in a bowl with olive oil and salt.
- Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.
- Sprinkle Garlic Powder over seeds if desired