September 29, 2017

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds – 6 Ways

If youre carving a pumpkin this fall, dont throw away those seeds!
I remember roasting pumpkin seeds for the first time in kindergarten. I was truly amazed that we could eat the seeds. Can't wait to do this with my little guy soon!

Seeds are filling, nutritional powerhouses packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins. They are also a great alternative for people with nut allergies.

INGREDIENTS
Per each half cup of seeds:
Ranch Pumpkin Seeds: 1 tsp oil, 1⁄2 tsp sea salt, 1⁄4 tsp onion powder, 1⁄2 tsp parsley, 1⁄4 tsp garlic powder, 1⁄4 tsp dill, 1/8 tsp dry mustard, 1/8 tsp celery seed, 1/8 tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp black pepper

Pizza Pumpkin Seeds: 1 tsp oil, 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, 1⁄2 tsp basil, 1⁄2 tsp oregano, 1⁄4 tsp sea salt, 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Dill Pickle Pumpkin Seeds: 1 tsp oil, 1 tsp white vinegar, 1 tsp dill, 1⁄2 tsp garlic powder, 1⁄2 tsp sea salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper

Salt & Pepper: 1 tsp oil, 1⁄2 tsp sea salt, 1/8 1⁄2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper

Cinnamon Sugar: 1 tsp oil, 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon, 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar), pinch of salt
Sweet & Spicy: 1 tsp oil, 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar), 1⁄2 tsp sea salt, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp black pepper (leave out the black pepper for less heat)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. When you start carving that big ole jack-o-lantern for the porch, remove the seeds and clean
    them. Remove as much of the pumpkin gutsfrom the actual white seeds. Then fill up a large bowl of warm water and transfer the seeds. Loosen any remaining guts from the seeds. Let the seeds stand for 5 minutes. When the seeds begin to float. Now, you can use a slotted spoon or hands to remove the seeds from the water.
  4. Place the seeds on a dish towel and pat dry.
  5. Transfer seeds to a clean bowl.
  6. Per half cup of seeds, toss with 1 tsp avocado oil (you can also use olive oil, grapeseed oil, or
    coconut oil).
  7. Immediately toss in a bowl with the spice combo of your choice. Make sure each seed is coated
    well.
  8. Spread the seeds on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  9. Bake for 20 30 minutes, stirring two to three times while cooking.
  10. Seeds are ready when they begin to brown. As they cool, they will become crispy. 

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