Hello friends, yes, pumpkin seeds are edible. You may have seen them sold in small bags at your local market. They are usually raw or salted. Would you like to make your own pumpkin seed snacks? It’s messy and fun and filled with fiber and a variety of flavors, so lets make some!
Did you know pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw? But they taste especially delicious baked with salt, sugar, or cinnamon. I like using my convection oven for this type of recipe because you achieve a better crunch. But you don’t need a convection oven for this recipe.
This is not a quick recipe, but it is tasty.
What You Need
3 cups of pumpkin seeds (pulp removed)
Sea Salt, granulated sugar, cinnamon, or brown sugar (make them salty or sweet)
Tea Towel, flour sack towel, or paper towels
Before you Start
Remove pulp from seeds, rinse well using a bowl and colander. Fill a bowl with warm (not hot) water and add 2 Tbsp. salt or granulated sugar depending on your coating preference. Add the pumpkin seeds to the bowl and let sit for 3-5 hours. Pour through a colander to catch any remaining bits. Preheat oven to 350° and prepare baking sheet with parchment.
Let’s Make It!
Pour pumpkin seeds onto a flour sack towel (this is what I use) just to get any remaining bits of pulp, no need to dry. Pour the seeds back into the bowl and add your preferred coating (salt, sugar, etc.) Stir well to coat. Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake on top rack for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and using a spatula turn the seeds. Return to oven for 15 minutes. You may need to adjust time slightly (in about 5-minute increments) depending on how large your seeds are. Bake until all seeds are dry. (a pale white or golden color not brown). Let cool. Enjoy (smile)
Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber and vitamins A, vitamin E and magnesium. They are also a source for omega-3 fatty acids.
*Katie Tid Bits* If you don’t want them super crunchy and you want them sweet, pour honey over them. Try adding them to oatmeal, or just eat them sticky and sweet. 😊 Pumpkin seeds are also a nice garnish for soups, breads, etc.
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