Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, have been enjoyed in the Americas as a healthy snack since the time of the Aztecs. Despite the fact that they're entwined in slimy pumpkin guts, pumpkin seeds are a surprisingly tasty ingredient. You can toss them into salads, mix them into cereal or just eat them like peanuts. Not only this, but pumpkin seeds are incredibly healthy — one study even found that they help treat social anxiety and depression.
Use this quick list of our favorite healthy pumpkin seed recipes to make a wholesome snack this fall!
This is about as basic as you can make roasted pumpkin seeds. Just mix 1.5 cups of seeds, 2 teaspoons butter and a little salt and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
For those who like to combine sweet and savory, there's this tasty recipe that includes butter, sugar, ground ginger and orange zest. Bake this batch for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Egg whites on pumpkin seeds? Oh yes, plus curry powder and salt. If you mix seeds with egg whites in front of anyone under 15, chances are you'll get more than a few skeptical looks. But just trust us that these spiced pumpkin seeds are worth it! Another interesting pumpkin seed recipe on the same page is Black Tea and Butter pumpkin seeds.
Since pumpkin seeds are often an ingredient in many Mexican dishes, it isn't completely surprising that you can make salsa with them. Of course, pumpkin seed salsa probably won't look anything like the tomato-based mash that many folks are used to dipping their Tostitos into, but it will cause the eyes to open and get your taste buds buzzing. Golden's easy recipe for pumpkin seed salsa combines onion, lime juice, jalapeno, tomato, cilantro and, of course, toasted pumpkin seeds.
Toasted pumpkin seeds can be a great substitute for kids with nut allergies -- kids who love pesto, that is. If you're up for a mix of American and Mediterranean cuisines, make pumpkin seed pesto by blending together toasted pumpkin seeds with garlic, cilantro or basil, Parmesan and olive oil. Use this pesto sauce as a sandwich spread or pasta sauce.
For a heartier flavor with a little kick, you can combine butter, sugar, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce on your seeds. Bake these ata slightly lower temperature (275 F) for a longer amount of time — 45 minutes to an hour.
Not as healthy for your body, this recipe for pumpkin seed brittle is good for your soul. If you want to turn leftover pumpkin seeds into a unique gift, you can toast and boil them in brown sugar, honey and butter for a sweet and delicious snack.