Roasted Pumpkin Seed Halloween Mix

STOP!  Don’t waste those seeds!

Carving pumpkins with your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews?  Or maybe you’re extending your youth and sculpting up jack-o-lanterns with your friends like I continue to do every year?  Either way, don’t scrap the seeds from that big orange ball waiting to be put to the sword.

Those oval seeds hidden inside pumpkins are full of both flavor and nutrients.  Pumpkin seeds are B-vitamin (needed for cell metabolism) and magnesium (playing a role in maintaining strong bones and reducing risk of metabolic syndrome–i.e. what can lead to heart diseases, stroke, and hypertension) powerhouses.  They are also rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the healthy kinds), and even lend a few grams of protein per serving.

So don’t just dump those pumpkin seeds out with the rest of your jack-o-lantern scraps.  Instead, wash those babies up and roast them in the oven.  For a real Halloween treat, follow the recipe below, throwing in a little spooky spice and sweet candy corn.  A perfect costume party nibbler and kid (of any age) pleaser.

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Mix

  • -1 1/2 cup whole raw pumpkin seeds, washed and throughly patted dry
  • -2 tsp. olive oil
  • -1 tsp. salt
  • -1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • -1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • -3 Tbsp. candy corn, chopped

Preheat oven 375F.  Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Toss pumpkin seeds with oil, salt, curry, and cayenne.  Spread on baking sheet.  Place in oven, and bake 35-45 minutes, or until seeds are browned, stirring 2-3 times throughout.  Remove from oven, and stir in candy corn.  Cool and store in airtight container.

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    matt gordon
    October 25, 2010 at 8:36 am

    i have a huge batch of seeds and 3 different roasting recipes. make that 4. i am getting a pumpkin for my son today just to try this recipe. the seeds when paired with dried apricots and pistachios make a great snack to take on long walks.

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    Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    October 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

    This sounds delicious! I love the addition of the sweet candy corn.
    I didn’t end up carving a pumpkin this year. I had wanted to but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    October 27, 2010 at 1:52 am

    i used to LOVE pumpkin seeds as a kid! the curry and cayanne pepper sound like a great flavor combo as well. 🙂

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    October 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I LOVE that you added candy corn to the mix!! Awesome idea 😀

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