This is the time of year that we’re all thinking of pumpkin flavored treats. We can have it in our coffee, sweet rolls, and even pumpkin scented candles for our home. It’s become quite the rage these days. One thing we don’t hear so much of any more is the fabulous results you can get from roasting the pumpkin seeds you have once you’re carved your Halloween pumpkin. It used to be tradition to roast them and we think you’ll love it if you try it this year.
The seeds you roast will come straight from your recently carved pumpkin. You’ll get about a cup of seeds from a medium sized pumpkin. Make sure you cover your work area because this can be messy. The seeds will be gooey and surrounded by pumpkin membrane. Clean them well by rinsing with water to remove all the excess material. Once you’re down to just seeds, blot them dry on a kitchen towel.
Now comes the fun part – seasoning. There are as many ways to season these treats as there are people who want to eat them. You can use some oil, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, honey, sugar, butter, or even jalapeno. Once you have them seasoned the way you like, you can put them on a cookie sheet (you may want to use parchment paper to save on clean up). Bake them at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes. Check them often to be sure they aren’t burning. You may want to stir them half way through. You can also cook these on the grill or over the campfire, which is even more fun.
Now you have a delicious treat to share with the family and the kids will love helping with the whole process. You can all have your favorite kind and share fond memories of roasting pumpkin seeds after carving the Halloween pumpkins.
The video below will show you three ways to roast your pumpkin seeds for a variety of flavors.
Olive Oil & Sea Salt
Cinnamon & Spice
So, so, so good. Let us know how yours turn out. We look forward to seeing you here at the campground this Fall. It’s a wonderful time of year to be camping and we can’t wait to see you.