The weekend is here again, and I woke up today with a desire to do something in my kitchen besides cleaning it. Looking around, I saw the pumpkin seeds I had been drying on the counter but hadn’t had time to finish. Perfect.
I wasn’t sure how I wanted to season them at first, and was leaning toward a slightly sweet pumpkin spice mix (I know, obvious) until I remembered my darling husband’s preference for savoury or spicy flavours. I felt lieke surprising him with one of his favourite snacks so back in the cupboard went the cinnamon and nutmeg and out came the jerk seasoning and barbecue salts.
If you haven’t yet toasted pumpkin seeds…well what are you waiting for? Their super easy to do, hard to ruin, and healthy. Toasting pumpkin seeds with the kids can be a great way to spend some time together in the kitchen and make use of all those pumpkins sitting around. I usually pick up a few more after Halloween on sale just for the seeds. There are so many flavour combos that you can literally just pull out your favourite spices and herbs from the cupboard and have fun experimenting, but for those of you seeking some guidance here are a few of my faves.
Pumpkin Spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, a dash of ginger and clove. sprinkle some brown sugar as well and you have the perfect fall flavours.
Garlic & Herb: garlic salt, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Add a little parmesan cheese for fun.
Caribbean Jerk: garlic salt or seasoning salt mix and your favourite jerk seasoning. Add some brown sugar for a sweet and spicy mix.
Once you have your mix, toss the cleaned and dried pumpkin seeds in a bowl with a little oil (I prefer to use coconut) and then toss in your seasonings to coat. Mix well. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
Spread the seeds on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake in oven for 45 minutes, tossing seeds occasionally.
When done, seeds should be slightly crunchy but not burnt. Allow to cool then store in a container. No need to refrigerate.
Do you have another flavour combo you would like to recommend? Drop me a line – I love experimenting!
Bonnie aka The Stay At Home Workaholic