Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Jadah from Family Sponge shares a tasty recipe to make use of all those seeds.

Nothing welcomes the fall season like bringing pumpkins into your home. I took my daughter to the store to pick out a few pumpkins in different sizes, so we could explore and create with these seasonal fruits. First project…toasted pumpkin seeds!

What You’ll Need

  • pumpkin seeds
  • coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • colander
  • sea salt
  • knife
  • spoon

First slice a fresh pumpkin in half. Make sure an adult cuts the pumpkin. Since pumpkins are tough, there will be some sawing action. My daughter had a ball watching me cut the pumpkin with all of my strength.

Next, you want to scoop out the pumpkin guts and seeds with a spoon. Giving your child a spoon provides a great opportunity to work on those fine motor skills.

Or if your child wants, they can scoop the seeds out with their hands–this is the method my daughter enjoyed the most. She loved feeling the “slimy” seeds. Allowing your child to get a little messy is half the fun!

Next, separate the pumpkin guts from the pumpkin seeds. I gave my daughter a special bowl to put the seeds into.

Have your child pour the pumpkin seeds into a colander.

Let your child rinse the seeds. My daughter happily grabbed a stool to do the important task of rinsing in the kitchen sink.

After your child rinses the pumpkin seeds, dry the pumpkin seeds on a linen towel to dry for a few hours.

Once the pumpkins seeds are dry, place the seeds on a baking sheet and mix with coconut oil, cinnamon, and sea salt. Spread the seeds out and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy this light and crispy snack!


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