We are feeling festive! Plus we have pumpkins lying around from Halloween. So why not make pumpkin seeds!!!
Not gonna lie, its quite a bit of work. Invite some friends over for a chill autumn night full of wine and baking so you can do it together!
So here is what you'll need:
- Pumpkins (obvi)
- Salt - pepper- sugar- garlic- Whatever you want to season them with really
- Coconut oil
Here is what you should do:
- Cut that pumpkin open!
- Pull out the seeds
- Rinse well....no goey pumpkin guts
- Soak in salt water for 10 minutes
- Remove from water and pat dry...does not need to be bone dry but do the best you can
- Spread on pan sprayed with coconut oil
- Season to your liking
- Preheat oven at 300
Bake for 10 minutes, stir, bake another 10 minutes. Check on your seeds, they should start to golden a bit. Pop one open and see if its ready. If not stir and give it another 5 minutes.
Let your seeds cool a bit and then pour them in a bowl or mason jar and enjoy! You can absolutely add more seasoning if needed!
Before you go! We also wanted you to be aware of the amazing health benefits of pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, which helps promote sleep and fight depression. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin, which aids in sleeping.
- Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
- Pumpkin seeds are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.
- They are a good source of vitamin K.
- High in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis, since zinc deficiencies can lead to higher rates of osteoporosis. In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
- Pumpkin seeds are a good source vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
- They are the most alkaline-forming seed.
- Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates).
- 100 g of pumpkin seeds contains about 30 grams of protein