Autumn is the season of pumpkins and it's not Halloween until you've stuck your hands into a pumpkin to pull out all the guts to carve your jack-o-lantern.  Now you've got all those pumpkin seeds sitting there.  Don't just toss them in the trash!  Roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect answer to what to do with pumpkin seeds and make the perfect evening treat.

And did you know that roasted pumpkin seeds are incredibly healthy for you? No? Then read this article on roasted pumpkin seeds benefits: Top 11 Health Benefits of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

How to Roast Raw Pumpkin Seeds:

Rinse raw pumpkin seeds under cold water and try to get off all the pulp strings.  Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray, or oil it down with your favorite cooking oil.  Sprinkle with salt to taste, you might find yourself using a little more salt than usual.  Bake at 325 degrees F until toasted for 15 minutes.  STIR and flip.

Bake at 325 degrees F until toasted for another 15 minutes.  Let your newly roasted pumpkin seeds cool off completely before eating them.  You don't want a burned tongue.  Store the roasted pumpkin seeds in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.



Optional:  If you'd like, you can soak your pumpkin seeds overnight in salt water for a more salty flavor and an easier to eat seed.  It doesn't make a huge difference in the result, but some people prefer doing their roasted pumpkin seeds that way.

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