Fall is one of my favorite seasons, the lovely shade of autumn with a spicy aroma fragrance drifting through the cool crisp air. Pumpkin’s are everywhere!! Have you noticed them throughout your day? Whether it be on your neighbors doorstep or in your local grocery market, it is definitely pumpkin season. Pumpkins are most famous for pie – who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie with some coconut cream on top? I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Most people don’t realize pumpkins are actually packed with protein! Pumpkin seeds are one of the highest plant based proteins out there. One cup is 12 grams of protein. Now as much as I love my pumpkin season I have to tell you that pumpkin seeds are all year around. I throw them on my burgers, my fish tacos and even eat them raw as a snack.
A fun way to make your pumpkins go further is by baking the seeds – don’t throw them out! Every year during our annual pumpkin carving party I spend my time in the kitchen collecting the seeds and baking them. I love making them salty and sweet, almost like kettle corn.
There are so many tasty ways to bake pumpkin seeds. I promise you won’t regret this protein packed treat.
Step 1: Remove the seeds
Use a large spoon to remove the inside pulp. The pulp and stringy fiber will be attached to the seeds, this can get messy so have fun with it. Entangle the raw seeds from the pumpkin. Dig in and separate.
Step 2: Wash and Dry Seeds
Add your seeds to a colander, wash and remove any pulp left on your pumpkin seeds. Its ok if you can’t get all the pulp removed. Make sure to dry the seeds as much as you can. I use a clean towel. Dry seeds will help them get crispy.
Step 3: Season the Seeds
Now my favorite part. This is your time to get creative. Toss the seeds in a bowel with olive oil and your choice of seasoning. If you like garlic go for it, ive even used maple syrup and cinnamon before. This is all up to you. Just make sure to separate and spread the seeds evenly on a lightly greased cookie sheet for even baking.
Step 4: Roast the Seeds
Bake your seasoned pumpkin seeds at 350 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes, tossing the seeds every 5 minutes to make sure they are even browning.
When the pumpkin seeds smell of a nutty aroma and have a golden brown color they are ready!
Tell your friends and family how much protein is in this snack. Lets educate with our delicious treats.