Pumpkins are one of the best things about fall. They can be a fun and versatile decoration. You can paint them, carve them and even eat them. One way to go green during the Halloween season is to use all parts of the pumpkin. Use the flesh to make a pumpkin pie, but don't forget to save the seeds! They are a nutritious seasonal treat. One cup of pumpkin seeds has 12 grams of protein. They're also a good source of iron, magnesium and fiber.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy your pumpkin seeds for a delicious snack.

Follow these directions to start, then pick your favorite flavor below to finish the recipe. These pumpkin seeds make a great snack for your family, or put them in a jar and give them as a gift.

Beginning directions for all recipes below:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Scoop out the pumpkin seeds and put them in a strainer.
  3. Rinse the seeds and pat them dry with a towel.
  4. Lay the seeds flat on a baking sheet and brush them with olive oil.

Traditional Pumpkin Seeds

Traditional pumpkin seeds with olive oil and salt make a great snack for everyone in the family. Your kids will love helping you roast them, and they'll love the taste.


  1. Sprinkle salt over the seeds.
  2. Roast seeds 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Spicy Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

If you like bold flavors, try our spicy pumpkin seeds. Impress your guests with this recipe!


  1. Mix equal parts garlic salt, cumin and coriander in a separate dish.
  2. Sprinkle the seeds with your spice mixture.
  3. Roast seeds 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds

Looking for a sweet treat? These pumpkin seeds will make the perfect after-dinner snack.


  1. Mix equal parts ground cinnamon and brown sugar in a separate dish.
  2. Sprinkle the seeds with the sugary mixture.
  3. Roast seeds 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Parmesan Pepper Pumpkin Seeds

These parmesan pumpkin seeds are the perfect warm and cheesy snack.


  1. Sprinkle parmesan cheese to cover the pumpkin seeds.
  2. Add black pepper to taste.
  3. Roast seeds until golden brown or about 45 minutes.

Get creative: Add pumpkin seeds to other recipes

After you roast the pumpkin seeds with your favorite seasonings, add them to granola or your next trail mix. Pumpkin seeds also make a savory, crunchy salad or soup topping. They pair well with butternut squash and other fall vegetables. You can also add pumpkin seeds to some of your baked goods such as muffins, cookies or banana bread.

What if you don't like pumpkin seeds?

If you don't like roasting your pumpkin seeds, you can let them dry and save them until spring. Then you can plant them in the spring and start to grow your own pumpkin. For more ways to save energy this season, check out more Halloween tips.

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