Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
‘Tis the season for fall decorations, some of which will include carved pumpkins. Or maybe you’ve decided to put your baking skills into full swing and make pumpkin pie from scratch...pumpkin and all! Have you ever carved a pumpkin, removed the goopy seeds, and thought can I do anything with these? Good news, you can! Rather than toss your seeds, toast them in the oven for a healthy, crunchy, and delicious snack. Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein and fiber, along with other essential vitamins.
For this recipe, we used our seasoning blend with Himalayan sea salt. This bold and flavorful blend complements the warm flavor of the toasted pumpkin seeds. You won’t need any other seasoning to make this a hit at your next gathering. Use this snack as a way to ward off hangry guests by putting a couple of small bowls of this toasted goodness around the seating area. They’ll crunch away distractedly and be in great moods by the time your meal is served.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 ½ - 2 cups pumpkin seeds, cleaned and dried overnight
5 sprays of canola nonstick spray, or 2 tbsps of canola oil
Preheat oven to 375℉.
Place the seeds on a large baking sheet.
Spray with half of the nonstick spray or drizzle half of the oil, toss well.
Place on the middle rack and bake in the oven for 15 minutes but be sure to shake the tray to mix the seeds halfway through.
Use the remaining sprays or oil to coat the seeds once more, then toss.
Sprinkle La Selva seasoning blend with Himalayan sea salt, stir or toss well.
Tips for cleaning the seeds: Place the seeds along with pumpkin goop in a large bowl with water. The seeds will float to the top and the goop will sink. Use a strained spoon or your fingers to remove the seeds from the bowl. Try to remove as much of the pumpkin flesh as possible.
Quick cleanup tip: If you’re looking to make this recipe even easier, use parchment paper (or aluminum foil) for simple cleanup.
Flavoring tip: Sprinkle a 1/4 of the recommended seasoning blend prior to toasting if you’d like the seasoning to have a warmer/toasted flavor. Play it safe by not adding the entire recommended amount beforehand.