Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – Fun Halloween Snack

Halloween is a super fun time for kids.  Carving pumpkins and trick or treating will have them delighted for weeks. But don’t throw those pumpkin seeds away when you carve the pumpkin! Turn them into Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds by using Pumpkin Pie Spice.These spiced toasted pumpkin seeds have a sweet and tangy taste and are super easy to make. Pumpkin pie spice gives them a feel good nostalgic flavor.

This is the time of the year when toasted nuts and seeds really come into their own.  See also my toasted pecans with a maple cinnamon glaze for another tasty snack. 

I love using all parts of the pumpkin. The puree can be used to make biscuits, waffles, muffins, cakes and energy bites, but the seeds are often left out of recipes.

There are lots of ways to season your pumpkin seeds.  Sometimes, I just use oil and salt.  Paprika Roasted Pumpkin seeds are also nice. Cinnamon sugar makes a sweet snack when added to oil and pumpkin seeds.Spices for the pumpkin seeds

Making these Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.

For today’s snack, I am thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and pumpkin pies. Pumpkin pie spice will combine with sea salt, sugar and cracked black pepper to make a tasty and healthy snack that brings nostalgic family memories to mind.

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand just combine these spices:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Start by cleaning out your pumpkin.  You’ll end up with a pile of pumpkin seeds and pulp. Pumpkin seeds and pulpClean off the pulp by rinsing the seeds in a colander under cold water and then shaking it till they are dry. Don’t try to dry them on paper towels, or they will stick to them!Cleaned pumpkin seeds

Arrange the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and toast them in a 400 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Be sure to flip them a few times to make sure they brown nicely.

Allow to cool and serve.  YUM

Time for a tasteToasted pumpkin seeds

These spiced toasted pumpkin seeds are sweet and spicy. Each bite reminds me of my mother’s home made pumpkin pies! Enjoy!!

Want something fun to serve these pumpkin seeds in? Try making a DIY Paper Cone. It’s easy to make in just seconds!

Spiced Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • One Pumpkin Cleaned of seeds
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • t tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl.
  3. Clean the seeds: Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry. Don't blot because the seeds will stick to paper towels.
  4. In a bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with the olive oil, salt and pepper, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. Spread the seasoned pumpkin seeds evenly on the lined baking pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning the seeds every 10 minutes. Remove the seeds from the oven when they are crispy. Let them cool to room temperature and serve.

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