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Author: Christina Eleton
October 30, 2021

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect, healthy snack...gluten-free, Paleo & packed with so much nutrition!

Close up of spicy roasted pumpkin seeds

I thought I would surprise my daughters with their very own pumpkin and let them create whatever came to mind. Well, they turned these pumpkins into some pretty awesome treats and they are sharing one of them with you today...spicy roasted pumpkin seeds.   

What You Need To Make These Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • pumpkin seeds
  • avocado oil
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt

This recipe is really pretty simple and uses just a few spices that I always have on hand. Of course, if you do not care for spicy foods, you could always use less chili powder or leave it out completely.

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How To Make These Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Scoop out and rinse seeds in a colander.
  • Thoroughly dry the seeds with a paper towel.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, avocado oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and sea salt, toss to coat.
  • Spread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet; bake until puffed and browned, about 20 minutes or a few minutes longer for extra crispiness. Make sure to stir a couple of times during the roasting process for even browning and to prevent burning.
Close up of small  pumpkins

The first step is to scoop out the seeds, rinse and dry them with paper towels. It is very important to remove as much moisture as possible to prevent the seeds from steaming and being soft. This process will help crisp up the seeds while roasting.

Close up of raw pumpkin seeds

The seeds are then mixed together in a small bowl, followed by spreading them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The seasoned pumpkin seeds are then roasted at 350 for about 15 to 20 minutes or until desired brownness is reached. Take them out of oven, let them cool for a few minutes and they are ready to go.

Close up of daughter mixing the ingredients into the pumpkin seeds

Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

  • High Zinc Content (Reduces Inflammation & Boost Immune Health)
  • Full Of Protein & Fiber (Stabilizes Blood Sugar)
  • Contains Tryptophan & Magnesium (Promotes Sleep)
  • Antioxidants (Helps Fight Disease)
  • High Omega 3 (Healthy Fats For Heart Health)

Pumpkin is highly nutritious so I try to incorporate pumpkin/pumpkin seeds into our diets as often as I can. Pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite ways to do that. They are high in zinc and magnesium as well as being vegan, gluten-free & Paleo-friendly. Another great way to incorporate pumpkin is smoothies. Make sure to check out my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. I make pumpkin smoothies year round, actually!

Close up of daughter mixing the ingredients into the pumpkin seeds

A Few Tips

  • Make sure pumpkin seeds are really dry so they will crisp up to get the best texture.
  • Keep an eye on the seeds to prevent burning.
  • Stir several times throughout the roasting process.
  • Cook seeds longer for extra crispiness if you wish.
  • Add more sea salt if needed for best flavor.
Close up of spicy roasted pumpkin seeds on sheet pan

Let me warn you, these are pretty addictive! We love store-bought pumpkin seeds, but there is just something special when roasting them from scratch. This was a fun little project for my girls and memories we will treasure forever.

Close up of spicy roasted pumpkin seeds

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Author: Christina Eleton
Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect, healthy snack...gluten-free, Paleo & packed with so much nutrition!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Sheet Pan

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Scoop out and rinse seeds in a colander.
  • Thoroughly dry the seeds with a paper towel.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, avocado oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder and sea salt, toss to coat. 
  • Spread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet; bake until puffed and browned, about 20 minutes or a few minutes longer for extra crispiness. Make sure to stir a couple of times during the roasting process for even browning and to prevent burning.
  • Take out of the oven, let cool and enjoy!

Notes

All ovens cook differently.  Make sure to keep an eye on the seeds to prevent burning.  
Keyword Paleo, Pumpkin Seeds, Snack
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