Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are the perfect, healthy snack...gluten-free, Paleo & packed with so much nutrition!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
***In case you missed my pumpkin pie smoothie recipe, click here:Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
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