As you’re dicing and slicing that pumpkin up for your pumpkin smoothies, don’t forget to save your seeds! There are so many fun and creative pumpkin seed recipes, but my personal favorite is dessert-style!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and mono-unsaturated fats (the healthy fat). They are also bursting with protein – 100g of seeds will give you 30g of protein! How’s that for a boosting snack?
Research has shown that pumpkin seeds help fight anxiety and depression. They can lower your lousy LDL cholesterol, can improve bladder function, prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis and help the fight against cancer.
Remember how the combo of calcium and magnesium is a bedtime trick to sleep through the night? Well, ½ cup of pumpkin seeds contains over 90% of your daily required amounts of magnesium. Enjoy your seeds with a glass of milk before bed, and chances are you’ll sleep like a baby.
Roasting Your Seeds!
Scoop your seeds from your pumpkins into a colander and rinse clean with cold water. Remove the strings and any pieces of pumpkin that might be attached to your seeds. Transfer to a paper towel and pat dry. Mix with your favorite recipe below, bake, and pat yourself on the back for choosing a healthy snack!
Maple Sweet (pictured)
- 3 TBSP melted Butter
- ½ tsp Nutmeg
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 TBSP Spelnda Brown Sugar
- 2 TBSP Sugar Free Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Toss your seeds with melted butter till coated. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, splenda brown sugar and sugar free maple syrup and toss till coated. Spread in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes.
Cajun Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 TBSP melted Butter
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp Cajun Seasoning (I like Penzkey’s)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine melted butter and Worcestershire sauce. Add seeds and toss till coated. Sprinkle in Cajun seasoning. Spread in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes.
Have a man in the house? Try mixing your baked Maple Sweet seeds with your baked Cajun seeds to engage the salty sweet taste buds!
Do you have a favorite pumpkin seed recipe you’d like to share?! I’d love to hear it! Leave me a comment below!