These easy pumpkin spiced roasted pumpkin seeds are a great fall vegan snack, last a long time and are Top 8 Allergen Free. Perfect zero waste food idea.
You are carving out pumpkins and now you have a huge bowl of pumpkin seeds and guts. DO NOT THROW THOSE AWAY. Seriously, making these pumpkin spiced roasted pumpkin seeds is just what you need.
We love being able to be as zero waste as possible when it comes to our fruits and vegetables. So many things that people throw away, are actually edible and not only help with reducing waste, but they can actually help stretch your budget further. It’s a win win.
Pumpkins are one of those things that you can reduce the actual waste in more than one way.
For starters, we are going to be showing you have to take those pumpkin seeds inside the pumpkins and turn them into an awesome and easy snack idea.
However, at the end of the season, we also have recommendations for what you can do with your actual pumpkins as well. Keep reading below!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are pumpkin seeds good for you?
Pumpkins are loaded with nutrients and benefits which make them a great snack option. According to Healthline, they are packed with healthy fats, magnesium, and zinc, which is linked to improved heart health and protection against certain cancers.
Should I soak my pumpkin seeds for roasting?
If you have a hard time digesting certain foods like beans, then it may be beneficial for you to first soak your pumpkin seeds overnight in a bowl of water; however, otherwise this isn’t necessarily.
We do recommend that you completely dry them after soaking.
Why are my pumpkin spiced roasted pumpkin seeds chewy?
This could have for a few reasons. One you didn’t remove as much moisture as you should have when making.
But more often, it comes from either testing them right our of the oven or not being done.
They will still be slightly chewy directly out of the oven, but usually crispy up after sitting for 10-15 minutes to cool. If after that they are still chewy, pop back into the oven for 10-15 minutes.
What type of pumpkins can I use for roasted pumpkin seeds?
We are using large carving pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, or pie pumpkins. These seeds are large and white. Do not get this confused with pepitas with are green and unshelled and from other varieties of pumpkins.
Can I use other types of squash seeds?
Yes! Whether you are making something with spaghetti squash, acorn squash, butternut squash and more, you can follow the same steps for this recipe.
Can I make these roasted pumpkin seeds Top 8 Allergen Free?
This recipe can easily be Top 8 Free. We do recommend coconut oil; however it’s not needed at all. You can either use another neutral oil or you can omit and follow the oil free method.
Otherwise, the recipe is already Top 8 Free.
Can I make these oil free?
Yes. We recommend adding another tablespoon of maple syrup and then we made these in the air fryer at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
How long are pumpkin spiced roasted pumpkin seeds good for?
If stored in an air tight container, they can be stored at room temperature for 3 months. Alternatively, you can store them in the fridge for up to a year.
Can pumpkin seeds be frozen?
Yes. Make sure they are completely dried first and then they can be stored in a freezer safe bag for up to a year.
Can I use different spices?
Yes! Feel free to get creative with the spices and combinations that you use!
What should I do with my pumpkin after the fall season?
You have already used the pumpkin seeds, and you have a gorgeous pumpkin that you carved sitting on the porch. Don’t toss it in the trash!
- Throw it in your compost
- Offer it to a local farm, especially if they have pigs (as long as it’s not rotting)
- Smash it with a rake and bury under some soil around your favorite outdoor plants (helps with plant nutrients)
What other vegan snacks ideas could I make?
If you love this snack idea, we think you’ll love these other ideas too:
- Homemade Vegan Granola Bars
- No Bake Vegan Energy Bites
- Vegan Soft Pretzel Bites
- 5 Minute Vegan Nacho Cheese
- Vegan Chocolate Almond Clusters
- Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Pin these pumpkin spiced roasted pumpkin seeds for later:
Pumpkin Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Open the top of a pumpkin and remove all the seeds.
- Add all the seeds and stringy parts to a colander and rinse well. Most of the strings should separate on their own but remove any that stay.
- Lay in a single layer on a kitchen towel and get as much moisture off as possible. Can leave to sit overnight as well to dry completely.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients together.
- Spread in a single layer onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until seeds have a browned color.
- Let cool before eating.
- Can be stored in an air tight container for 3 months.
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