Best Pumpkin Seed Recipe: Delish & Easy

We carved pumpkins for Halloween and had lots of pumpkin seeds left over. I eat a primarily vegetarian diet so how could I pass up some extra nutrients? I couldn't!! I must admit that when my family baked the seeds when I was younger, I thought they were gross. But this year I was determined to like them.

My daughter and I had "disco ball" pumpkins and the hubbs made Spiderman.












Need some incentive to clean and eat pumpkin seeds? Check out these amazing health benefits:

  1. ----[Magnesium] One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function.
  2. ----[Zinc]  Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral), which is important for immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.
  3. ----[OOOhmega]  Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA). We all need ALA, however, ALA has to be converted by your body into the far more essential omega-3 fats EPA and DHA -- by an enzyme in which the vast majority of us have impaired by high insulin levels. So, while pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of ALA, I believe it is essential to get some of your omega-3 fats from animal sources, such as krill oil, as well.
  4. ----[Men's Health]  Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men's health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Research suggests that both pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin seed oil used in combination with saw palmetto may be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health.
  5. ----[Blood Sugars]  Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.
  6. ----[Good Cholesterol]  Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good "HDL" cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.
  7. ----[Good Fats]  Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.
  8. ----[Sleepy Time]  Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the "sleep hormone." Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night's sleep.
  9. ----[Anti-inflammatory]  Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.   (benefits according to Mercola.com)


Step 1 -- clean the pumpkin seeds and rid them of the pumpkin guts. I read a lot of different recipe ideas online and a few said that you didn't have to fully clean them. I cleaned mine about 95 percent of the pumpkin guts -- good enough for me! Then I split them into two batches.

Cinnamon & Sugar Batch
I melted some butter and coated the seeds in them (not to make them swim in butter but simply to get a nice coat and keep the goodies stuck to them. As for the goodies? I used raw sugar and organic cinnamon. I coated them nice and good - spread them out on a baking sheet and went into a preheated oven at 300 degrees for about 50 minutes.

Indian Flavored Batch
I coated these in a bit of olive oil (but coconut oil will be just as good). I then mixed them in some wonderful spices: Cardamon, Curry, Turmeric, Coriander, Cayenne Pepper, Salt and a little bit of raw sugar. Spread them out nicely in a flat layer on a baking sheet and into the preheated 300 degree oven they went for about 50 minutes.


The results? The heck with the cinnamon and sugar. The spicy indian flavored seeds were SOOOOO amazing!!!! (Even my toddler enjoyed the recipe!)

Photo of the Indian Flavor batch. The finished product. The seeds tasted sooooooooooooooo good!!! 




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