Fall is by far my favorite season.
Not only do the leaves change and the weather cools down but it is also the best season ever because of … PUMPKINS!
Carving pumpkins is the quintessential fall activity. Going to a farm and picking out the best one and then getting home to figure out what design you are going to make is all in the fun.
What’s not so fun? The removal of the pumpkin guts. But in there lies these crown jewels of healthy snacking: pumpkin seeds!
This can honestly not get any easier. I must admit, separating the seeds from the inner membranes of the pumpkin isn’t the most glorious task but the reward is so worth it.
There is no real recipe but I can tell you the way that I make them. Many factors are involved into what your recipe would look like. They are also super versatile so feel free to add whatever spices and seasonings you’d like!
4 cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and dried
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Spread rinsed and dried pumpkin seeds onto a baking sheet.
- Pour the melted butter over the seeds.
- Add the seasonings.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until fragrant.
I absolutely love to bring these to work and snack on them all day long. They are super healthy and super fulfilling and the perfect fall treat!
*This recipe is with the shells intact. Feel free to shell the seeds if you like but I think it adds an extra layer of crunch.