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Healthy Snacks: Pumpkin Seeds

Hey punkin, save those seeds--they're the best part!

Two Birds with One Pumpkin

Between fall baking and Halloween pumpkin-carving, you're sure to find yourself elbow-deep in pumpkins this season.

While you're there, be sure to set the seeds aside so you can whip up a healthy snack for the shorter members of your household. You might even be able to persuade the little ones to lend a hand.

Rinse Cycle

Prepping the pumpkin seeds:

  • Separate the seeds from the stringy pumpkin insides.
  • Put seeds in a bowl or colander and rinse under a faucet to remove any remaining pumpkin.
  • Lay seeds out on paper towels to dry.

Simple and classic, something with a kick, or a little on the sweet side … there are many ways to dress up the pumpkin seed. Try these recipes:

Oct. 16, 2009 2:47 am
I love this website. The recipes are so unique and there is such a variety. Keep up the great work..And,for those who haven't tried these recipes, please do. they are awesome.....
Oct. 31, 2009 5:03 pm
I eat pumpkin seeds like I do sunflower seeds. I can't think that eating the shells of pumpkin seeds would be good for your digestion to say nothing of your gut.
Jalapeno Mike 
Oct. 30, 2010 4:33 pm
How do I get the seeds out of their shells?
Oct. 30, 2010 5:54 pm
Can you eat the shell?
Oct. 31, 2010 4:01 pm
Yes, eat the shells. I have since I was little and they've never done any harm.
Oct. 31, 2010 4:02 pm
Yes, eat the shells. I have since I was little and they've never done any harm.
Nov. 8, 2010 11:42 am
Once roasted, pumpkin seed shells aren't that hard to chew. (No where near as hard as sunflower seed shells.) So, eat the shells--they're tasty, a little chewy and deliver even more fiber than the seeds alone!
Dec. 8, 2010 12:40 pm
I actually prefer to NOT rinse the pumpkin seeds before doctoring them up with my own seasoning. I think that leaving a little of the pumpkin on the seeds adds to the very tasty flavor. And of course to get that, you're best off also eating the shells. =) Once you try homemade roasted pumpkin seeds fresh from the oven, you'll never be able to go back to getting them at the grocery store in a bag.
Oct. 27, 2011 4:14 am
DO NOT lay them on paper towels to dry unless you have all day to pick them off. They stick like glue.
Oct. 28, 2011 7:34 pm
I'm w/swiserjes - my dad taught us the art of P-seeds - tastier w/more varieties than sunflower seeds - plenty of fiber - delicate taste - great for trying different combos. I separate the seeds from the guts, but don't make a big effort to remove the 'strings' - no strainer, no drying...just toss the onto a jelly roll sheet or any pan w/sides. Our 'family recipe' is seeds 2-3 deep, add 3 T melted BUTTER, 1/3 C Soy Sauce, 1/4 C Worcestershire Sauce, heat to bake at 250 for a 2+ hours (til they are dry) using a spoon/spatula to scrape and stir every 15"[Note: they will end up having a caramel / dark brown color - because of the S & W sauces]. There are three 'stages' to the roast - #1 the warmup; #2 the steam (where the seeds' moisture content is boiling off) and #3 the actual roast - you must be most vigilant to get them as crispy as you like (the drier, the crispier / not as chewy) - without burning them. Alternatives: Romano / Parmesan cheese, Chili Pepper, Garlic (fresh or powder
Oct. 30, 2011 6:58 pm
We always went simple, and soaked them in a brine (salt water solution), then drained and patted dry before roasting in the oven.
Nov. 5, 2011 5:58 pm
LOL...I'm just reading this now and I had to laugh because I did lay my pumpkin seeds out on paper towel to dry ! I will NEVER do that again, I was picking and picking and picking paper towel off my seeds for a very long time. This year I tried something different and used sugar and cinnamon to season my seeds and it turned out pretty yummy.
Nov. 7, 2011 8:52 am
I lay my seeds on a dish towel to dry. They stick a little, but it's easy to get them off with your fingers.
Oct. 16, 2012 7:33 am
@bcvmaf99ds "get a life and stop advertising here!" (Geez - some ppl). I find it quite hilarious that AR would recommend laying the seeds on a paper towels. OMG! Don't do it (as Angelia stated). It's fine to eat the these seeds whole and is harmless - unless you have a diverticulitis (sp?) issue. Anyway...I think pumpkin seeds are great as long as you don't burn them. I always make a few different batches with different flavor profiles & plain ol' salt/butter ones. Good stuff!
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