If you are like me, you *love* fall. I love everything fall- apples, pumpkins, leaves- and now I can add roasted pumpkin seeds to that list. These were a lot of fun, and are packed full of nutrition. The best part is you can involve the kids in the hardest part of the work, getting the seeds out of the pumpkins! =) We used it as sensory play, letting them get messy and having a big time!
Here’s what you need to do:
1. cut tops off the pumpkins and scoop out the seeds
2. Rinse the seeds well in a colander.
3. Bring seeds to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes (don’t forget the salt for flavor!)
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Now drain seeds. Place in a bowl large enough to toss well. Toss with olive oil and salt (and any other seasonings you may want to add)
5. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 400* for 5-20 minutes. Ours took about 20 minutes, and we flipped them every 5-10 minutes to get the entire seed toasted. They are so good. We got seeds from two pumpkins (it would have been 3 but the tot threw the seeds from one pumpkin all in the grass..) and it was plenty of seeds!
And that’s it! This was very easy, and is a great way to let the kids help while learning and playing. We eat on them as snacks, and I plan to use them in a granola recipe. Yum!
What is your favorite fall snack?