I know there are recipes all over the internet for roasting pumpkin seeds, but I wanted to post mine just so I can always have it to refer back to! Hopefully you’ll all enjoy these easy roasted pumpkin seeds too!
Yesterday we made a quick trip to a little stand where we could pick out huge pumpkins for super cheap. Several neighbors had recommended the place, and I’m so glad they did.
It was the perfect place to let the kids pick out great pumpkins without it costing us an arm and a leg with cow trains, hayrides, snacks and mazes! My boys each picked huge pumpkins that would be plenty big for carving their chosen designs and they only cost $4 each! Before we even left, my boys were already talking about how they wanted me to make roasted pumpkin seeds with the seeds from their pumpkins!
My oldest was super excited to carve his pumpkin with a Star Wars design. Last year, after Halloween, I picked up a Star Wars Pumpkin Carving Kit from Amazon. Hubby said the tools in it were really helpful and the designs were great. The designs are pretty complicated, so probably best suited for teens or if parents are planning to help out a lot. My 9 year-old was able to help with it quite a bit, but definitely couldn’t have done it alone. I’m sure my boys will be doing designs from the book for several more years.
Are pumpkin seeds gluten-free?
YES! Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Pumpkin seeds are gluten-free. Buying already made roasted pumpkin seeds, you just need to check the ingredients to make sure no gluten-ingredients have been added, or are made on shared equipment causing cross contamination. I prefer making pumpkin seeds at home so I know exactly what’s on them!
How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds:
- Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray.
- Wash all the goop off your pumpkin seeds and pat to get mostly dry. Then add them to a ziploc bag with olive oil.
- Seal the bag and shake the bag to coat all the seeds with oil.
- Open the bag and add garlic salt. Seal the bag and use your hands to move contents around to coat with the garlic salt.
- Spread into a single layer on the lined baking pan. Then bake for about 30 minutes, removing from oven several times to mix the seeds around so they’ll bake evenly to a golden brown.
- Allow the toasted pumpkin seeds to cool before eating!
We really liked the seasoning on these better than any we’d had before. The secret: garlic salt! Our family loves garlic salt, but if your family doesn’t, you can definitely just use regular salt or sea salt. Onion salt would also taste similar to the garlic salt I used.
These are a healthy, nutritious snack that I can feel good about everyone snacking on! Looking for some other gluten-free snacks? Make my gluten-free granola recipe – it’s great plain or sprinkled over yogurt for a snack. Another fun fall snack to eat is apple nachos.
Best Pumpkin Seed Recipe:
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil or oil of your choice
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds (washed and patted dry)
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil (this makes for easy clean-up). Spray foil lightly with cooking spray.
- In a Ziploc bag, put the oil and pumpkin seeds. Seal and use your hands to squish the seeds around to coat them completely with the oil.
- Open the bag and add the garlic salt.
- Seal the bag and use your hands to squish the seeds around to coat them with the garlic salt.
- Open the bag and pour out the seeds onto baking pan. Gently spread them out in a mostly single layer.
- Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Use a spatula to turn/mix.
- Return to oven for 10 minutes. Use a spatula to turn/mix again.
- Return to oven for 5-10 minutes, watching closely, until done. You can eat a slightly cooled seed to make sure you don't overbake them.
- Total baking time is 25-35 minutes. I baked mine for 32 minutes, but wish I'd pulled them out just a couple minutes sooner this time.
- Baking time will vary if making a huge batch or if your seeds are very large.
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
I hope you and your family enjoy these gluten-free pumpkin seeds as much as my family does!