Okay guys. I’m a firm believer in making my own versions of stuff otherwise purchased already made for you, soooooo when I decided to make my own pumpkin puree from an actual pumpkin as opposed to buying the storebought canned stuff, I had lotsa leftover pumpkin seeds.
*Insert lightbulb popping up above my head*
I hadn’t even thought about the seeds before that moment, but obviously I wasn’t going to waste them! And since it’s pumpkin spice season, I had to keep the trend alive. Thus began my new tradition of pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds on just about everything. TBH I think my next project with them will be a granola, but we’ll see. But I’m getting off topic here.
While these guys are absolutely da bomb (and great for packing in lunches *hint hint my parents out there), I was more shocked to find out how absolutely amazing pumpkin seeds are for our oh-so-important bodies! While my pumpkin seeds were roasting, I took the liberty of looking up their health benefits, and I was absolutely floored. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are absolutely loaded with healthy fats, magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, protein, AND fiber?! Oh, and antioxidants. And they contain tryptophan. And I could keep going, but I think you guys get the hint.
So now I’ve decided that once this Fall is over, pumpkin season will never be over because I will 100% be keeping this trend alive year-round for my health’s sake. And you should too. So start with me by making thess super simple and super scrumptious pumpkin seeds!
Nutrient-Packed Pumpkin Spice Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds (I used the seeds out of a pie pumpkin)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp of each: nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Add all your ingredients together in a bowl and mix until all the seeds are evenly coated.
- Spread them out evenly on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes until they’re crisp and golden. Enjoy!