Okay, that's maybe a slight exaggeration. But truthfully, with their health benefits and all the endless ways you can season them, roasted pumpkin seeds are seriously the best.Perhaps my favorite thing about carving a Halloween pumpkin is harvesting the underrated treasure that lies within: the seeds. From being a great source of magnesium and zinc to being loaded with essential fatty acids, pumpkin seeds have numerous health benefits. And when properly roasted and seasoned, they make a perfect snack! From basic seasoning to more creative flavors, we've got some winning pumpkin seed options for you to check out.
Traditional[caption id="attachment_25167" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Image courtesy of Allrecipes[/caption] Baked in butter with a pinch of salt, you can't go wrong with this simple version of roasted pumpkin seeds. Recipe here.
Garlic[caption id="attachment_25158" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image courtesy of Valerie's Kitchen[/caption] This recipe just involves tossing the seeds in olive oil and sprinkling them with garlic salt. Basic but tasty! Recipe here.
Honey Roasted[caption id="attachment_25159" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Image courtesy of The Clever Carrot[/caption] We're getting increasingly more inventive with this two-step honey-glazed version. This one works even better if you have an iron skillet! Recipe here.
BBQ[caption id="attachment_25154" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Image courtesy of Rachel Ray Show[/caption] Straight from Rachael Ray, this delicious BBQ concoction is gonna make you want to carve another pumpkin just so you can make a second batch. Recipe here.
Italian[caption id="attachment_25161" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image courtesy of Katie's Cucina[/caption] Lightly flavored with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese, these seeds would make a nice little appetizer before a homemade pasta dinner. Recipe here.
Jalapeno[caption id="attachment_25162" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image courtesy of Paleo Porn[/caption] If you prefer a bit of a kick, Paleo Porn's paprika-covered jalapeno pumpkin seeds have got you covered! This one makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. Recipe here.
Salted Caramel[caption id="attachment_25164" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image courtesy of The Comfort of Cooking[/caption] What's not to like? Sweet? Yes. Salty? Yes. This is one of the best recipes on our list, and we slapped it right here in the middle. Warning: they're so sticky, they might end up baking in delicious clumps. Recipe here.
Chai Spiced[caption id="attachment_25155" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Image courtesy of Shef's Kitchen[/caption] Chai tea lovers will appreciate the mild sweetness of this recipe, which combines chai masala, ground tea leaves, sugar, and kosher salt. Recipe here.
Honey Sriracha[caption id="attachment_25160" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Image courtesy of Soup Addict.[/caption] This is another great sweet-and-salty combo, with lots of sweet and a hint of spice. Look at just how caramelized they look. Mmmmm. Recipe here.
Cinnamon Sugar[caption id="attachment_25174" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image courtesy of Betty Crocker[/caption] Butter, sugar, and cinnamon is all it takes to make this easy crowd-pleaser that every member of your family will love. Bag these up in zip-locks for a grab-and-go snack for even the pickiest of your eaters. Recipe here.
Chili Lime[caption id="attachment_25156" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Image courtesy of SkinnyMs.com[/caption] With one of the most addictive flavorings on our list, chili lime pumpkin seeds have a zestiness to them that's pretty irresistible. Recipe here.
Pesto Parmesan[caption id="attachment_25163" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image courtesy of Cook the Story[/caption] Pesto lover? The parmesan-pesto flavor complements that of the pumpkin seed perfectly. I'm making these this weekend. Recipe here.
Taco[caption id="attachment_25165" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image courtesy of Taste of Home[/caption] This one couldn't be simpler, with a flavorful combo of taco seasoning and garlic salt. Serve it alongside some burritos, with guac. Recipe here.
Chocolate Covered Turtle Clusters[caption id="attachment_25157" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image courtesy of Half Baked Harvest[/caption] We're topping off this list of pumpkin seed flavors with chocolate. Because, um, chocolate. You won't believe this delectable creation until you've tried it. Recipe here.
Featured image courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything.
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