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Smokey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

written by Head Health Nutter October 31, 2009

It’s All Hallow’s Eve where the veil between this reality and the spirit world becomes thin (or so Celtic legend goes). Once you carve your scary pumpkin into a jack o’ lantern to stave off the evil spirits, save the seeds for a healthy Halloween treat!

Loaded with protein, fiber and essential vitamins (such as high quantities of manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, tryptophan, iron, copper, vitamin K and zinc), pumpkin seeds are as delicious as they are nutritious. (Click here for a nutrient analysis).

Although I usually go with the Cajun spice, this year I thought we might try something a little more smokey rather than spicy! Try out this roasted pumpkin seed recipe and let us know what you think:

Smokey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1-2 cups pumpkin seeds from a fresh Halloween pumpkin
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Rinse seeds and pick out any remaining pumpkin guts.
  2. Soak seeds overnight. (If you have time, this makes the seeds crispier when roasted.)
  3. Lay seeds out on wax paper to dry.
  4. Preheat oven to 375┬║F.
  5. In a bowl, combine dry seeds and remaining ingredients. Toss until coated.
  6. On a baking sheet, spread seeds out in one layer.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring once, until golden brown.
  8. Enjoy!

Do you have any roasted pumpkin seed recipes to share? Leave them in the comments below. Happy Halloween!

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1 comment

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman November 4, 2009 at 8:40 am

I love roasted pumpkin seeds and had no idea they were nutritious. Thanks for bringing this to my awareness Stephanie!



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