Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

In the next couple of days, pumpkins will be carved all over the country.  It’s such a fun family activity that is really good for any age.  Teens love getting creative and toddlers love scooping out the slimy center – and with all this carving and scooping come tons of pumpkin seeds.  Don’t let them go to waste.   Toast them up and enjoy a healthy snack with the kids after all your hard work or use them to add texture to salads, taste to breads, or dress up soup as a topping.

How to toast pumpkin seeds…


  • 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp. course salt



  • Rinse seeds thoroughly and discard any stringy membranes. Spread seeds into a single layer on a baking sheet. Let seeds sit for about 2 hours or until dried.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray seeds generously with cooking spray; sprinkle with course salt.
  • Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stir seed after 4 minutes.


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