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Planning to carve a pumpkin this weekend?  Don’t toss the seeds!  Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Yesterday, my 3 year old and I cleaned and carved a pumpkin while my 1 year old was napping.

(Note: I don’t recommend trying to carve a pumpkin with a just-turned-3-year-old.  My daughter refused to help clean it out and her only input in the task was stabbing the pumpkin with one of those safe carving tools.  I ended up carving it myself as quickly as I could.)

Anyway, after the carving was done, I saved most of the seeds as an easy and healthy snack option.

roasted pumpkin seeds recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe


  • one cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Rinse seeds and add oil and salt (I did this right in the colander. Why dirty another bowl?).
  • Pour seeds onto a baking sheet, and separate into one thin layer.
  • Bake until golden brown, flipping every 5 minutes or so (mine took about about 25 minutes total to cook).
  • Cool, and store in snack-sized bags for easy, healthy eating on-the-go!

What healthy recipes are you looking forward to this fall? 

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