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The Best 3 Pumpkin Seed Recipes You Need to Try

When I was a little girl, my mom always gave me the responsibility to scoop out the “pumpkin guts” to prepare the pumpkin, so my dad could then carve it. Being the little kid I was, I loved playing with the slimy, gooey, and wet pumpkin goop. However, at the time, I would never in a million years, consider putting those slimy, gooey, and wet pumpkin guts in my mouth. Now that I am older and understand that those pumpkin guts were just pulpy, edible pumpkin seeds, I am here to share my top 3 recipes with you!

First, I should preface that I am much more into savory treats than sweet treats. But what-do-ya-know, out of my top three pumpkin seed recipes, recipes two and three are a delicious and sugary heaven that’s hard to beat.

The first recipe that I want to recommend is my personal favorite out of my top 3! I have tried a similar recipe to this before; however, the one I will be sharing is from Taste of Home. I like this one because the spices remind me a lot of Chex mix with a subtle kick of cayenne. The second recipe reminds me of cinnamon toast crunch! It is sweet, crunchy, and delicious. The third recipe is the quintessential recipe for fall. When I think of fall, I think of “Salted Caramel Latte” from Starbucks. However, even if you’re not a coffee drinker, these seeds are still for you!

Disclaimer: Prep time does not include scooping the seeds out of the pumpkin.  Prep time begins when seeds are already scooped and rinsed. The prep time includes mixing the spices together

 

Savory & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 5 minutes

Bake: 45 minutes + cooling

  • 2 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds

  • ¼ cup of butter, melted

  • ½ teaspoon of garlic salt

  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

Directions: Mix the pumpkin seeds, melted butter, and spices in a small bowl. Heat oven to 250 degrees and bake seeds for 45-50 minutes. Let cool before eating.

 

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 5 minutes

Bake: 25 minutes + cooling

  • 1 ½  cups of fresh pumpkin seeds

  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Directions: Mix the pumpkin seeds, melted butter, and spices in a small bowl. Heat oven to 325 degrees and bake seeds for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before eating.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Seeds

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 5 minutes

Bake: 25 minutes + cooling

  • 2 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons of sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger

  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon of salt

  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions: Mix the pumpkin seeds, melted butter, and spices in a small bowl. Heat oven to 300 degrees, spray sheet with nonstick cooking spray, and bake seeds for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Caroline Currie

Cincinnati '19

Caroline Currie is a fourth-year student at the University of Cincinnati working towards a Liberal Arts degree in Anthropology, Electronic Media, and Professional Writing. When she’s not watching hours of cuddly cow videos, she’s eating pints of vegan ice cream and reading piles of nonfiction psychology books. She has a passion for uplifting and empowering women on campus by sharing their stories for others to learn from or be inspired by! 
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