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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds

cinnamon sugar pumpkin seeds Snack
Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4

If you've never made your own pumpkin seeds before, you're in for a treat. This version includes a sprinkling of cinnamon for a sweet touch of autumn flavor. Baked, not fried, they're a fun snack and a great way to make good use of pumpkin-carving leftovers. MORE+ LESS-

Deborah Harroun
September 20, 2018

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups pumpkin seeds, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels
2
tablespoons butter, melted
2
tablespoons sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 325°F.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix all ingredients. Spread on ungreased cookie sheet in single layer.
  • 3
    Bake about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until seeds begin to brown. Cool.

Expert Tips

  • Try using a serrated-edged grapefruit spoon to scrape out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. Spoon everything into a large bowl and cover with cool water, swishing things around to separate the seeds—it’s okay if some of the fibers are still clinging to them. Spread the seeds out on a kitchen towel and vigorously rub them dry before tossing them with the butter and seasonings.
  • Pumpkin seeds (like sunflower and sesame) are relatively high in fat, so are more perishable than other foods. Store them in a cool, dry place (tightly covered in canning jar works well) or in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
  • If it’s not pumpkin carving time, feel free to substitute hulled, green pumpkin seeds—sometimes called pepitas (their Spanish name) for the ones harvested from inside a Jack-o-lantern. Look for them in the bulk foods or refrigerated section of the grocery.
  • Mix up how you flavor these crisp snacks: sneak in some ground ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, or freshly ground black pepper with the cinnamon for a warmly spicy-sweet edge or sub in toasted and ground cumin and ground coriander with a dash of coarse salt for a savory-sweet finish.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
16%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
23%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
50mg
2%
Potassium
230mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
20g
7%
Dietary Fiber
5g
20%
Sugars
7g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
2%
2%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Even after this season’s Halloween jack-o-lantern carving is completed, you can still enjoy the fruits of the harvest season—our guide to roasting pumpkin seeds makes it easy. You can feel good about reducing food waste and serving up a creative treat you make yourself. Baking your own pumpkin seeds is an easy process that allows plenty of room for creativity with the addition of flavors and spices. Once you try a basic recipe, you can add your own creative touches as you branch out into new pumpkin seed recipe variations including savory, spicy or sweet options. Do you like a touch of dessert in your snacking? Then cinnamon-sugar is definitely for you. Ready to turn up the heat? Get out the chile powder and add a touch of fire. You can feel good about making a snack that’s baked, not fried, and that’s rich in magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein. Making your own deliciously addictive pumpkin seed snacks just might become your favorite part of autumn pumpkin carving.

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