5 delicious ways to use pumpkin seeds

It’s pumpkin season! Whether you went to the pumpkin patch or the store to select your pumpkin, it’s time to decorate! Once you’ve spent hours cleaning and carving your pumpkin, do you find yourself wondering what to do with the seeds?

The first step should be to rinse the pumpkin seeds in cold water. You may consider doing using cheesecloth, a thin towel, or a strainer. Make sure to pick out all the pulp. Now, you’re ready to start on some pumpkin seed creations. Here are five ideas to transform your pumpkin seeds into fall-flavored goodness:

Roast or toast. Many people love roasted or toasted pumpkin seeds during autumn. This is a quick and easy way to use up those pumpkin seeds. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and toss the seeds with some extra virgin olive oil and seasonings of your choice. Then, simply spread the washed seeds on a cookie sheet. Make sure that there is only one layer of seeds; you may need more than one cookie sheet, depending on how many seeds you have. Now, just pop the seeds in the oven and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes — until the seeds are fragrant. Let cool and serve!

Make brittle. If you’re dying for something salty and sweet, you might consider making some brittle with your leftover pumpkin seeds. First, hull, or peel, your pumpkin seeds — these are called pepitas! Now, all you need is some honey, sugar and butter to make a delicious brittle!

Add to granola. If you love to make your own granola, this may be perfect outlet for those unused pumpkin seeds! Clean and hull your pumpkin seeds. Take your pepitas and simply add them to your already fabulous granola recipe! If you don’t want to make your own granola, consider adding the pepitas to your store-bought granola for added flavor.

Make some pesto. If you’re looking to get creative with your leftover pumpkin seeds, pesto may be your best bet! Take two cups of hulled pumpkin seeds and toast in the stove with a little olive oil and salt. Once the seeds are toasted, combine in the food processor with ¼ cup water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, pepper to taste, 3 cloves of garlic and 1 cup of cilantro. Pulse until the mixture is paste-like. Presto! Your pesto is done. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Use as a garnish. If you’re all out of ideas, you can always use pumpkins as a garnish. Maybe add some pumpkin seeds to your freshly made pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffins. The sky is the limit!

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