I recently took a camping trip to soak up the fall season. We sat around the campfire, went hiking, and saw some beautiful views filled largely with colorful leaves. To really get into the fall season, we also got some pumpkins to carve—which led to the most delicious campfire pumpkin seeds!
My family actually didn’t ever make pumpkin seeds while I was growing up that I remember, so my friends took the lead on this, but I was so surprised by how it easy it was for such a tasty outcome! I mean, we were able to make them on a campfire, so it really is simple!
Roasting the Seeds
Here is everything you need:
- Olive oil or butter
Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees while you gather your pumpkin seeds. This is a little bit of a messy process as you know, but worth it! It’s best to gather your messy seeds in a colander, so that you can easily rinse them with water. Be sure to let your seeds dry pretty thoroughly, and you can pat them with a paper towel if needed.
At this point, you want to spread a thin layer of either olive oil or butter, or maybe even a mixture of the two, onto your baking sheet and add the seeds. After that, all you need to do is sprinkle some salt and a dash of pepper over the seeds- or really any seasonings you want.
I really like the classic salt heavy pumpkin seeds. To me it tastes a lot like popcorn, but there are really endless possibilities for how to flavor your seeds, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Here are some ideas:
- Spicy chili lime — cayenne pepper, chili powder, lime juice and salt
- Parmesan garlic seeds— Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and salt
- Honey sriracha seeds— honey, sriracha, cumin, and salt
Carving pumpkins is a really fun way to get into the fall spirit, and it’s a really big perk that you can bake the seeds to make a healthy and delicious snack! It’s easy to change it up, and as long as you have more than one baking sheet you can create multiple flavors at one time.
There are so many different ways to season your pumpkin seeds, how do you guys like yours? Share with me in the comments!
How long do you bake them for?
Mary G. says
Hi Lori! Baking time really depends on how crispy you want your seeds to turn out. I like mine extra crispy, so I leave mine in the oven for about 25-30 minutes but they should be ready after 15!