Yummy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Here’s a tasty fall treat that you can easily make with your preschooler (or have them make independently….well, almost): sweet pumpkin spice roasted pumpkin seeds! Whether you are getting ready for Halloween by carving pumpkins or getting rid of those no-carve pumpkins that have been sitting around for a while now that trick-or-treating is done for the year, this is a recipe that makes use of all those seeds. And once they’re roasted to yummy perfection, you can either bag them up for a great treat for friends, neighbors, teachers, or relatives or you can enjoy them with your little preschooler turned chef. Either way, your house will smell fabulous and someone will enjoy a sweet treat! Here’s what you’ll need to make these deliciously tasty sweet roasted pumpkin seeds:
- Pumpkin seeds from fresh pumpkin (~1.5 to 2 cups) *Don’t worry about rinsing them; it adds more pumpkin flavor!*
- 1-3 Tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1 tsp- 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice (depending on how strong you want the pumpkin spice)
- 1 Tbsp melted butter
- Oven safe pan or dish
- Spoon (for mixing ingredients)
- TIP: For younger children, have the ingredients premeasured so all they have to do is dump them into a bowl. You may also consider having the ingredients prepared ahead of time if working with a small group of preschoolers.
- TIP: Because oven times vary, set a timer to go off every 10 minutes or so. The seeds need to be stirred anyway, but this allows you to make sure they don’t get burnt. The first time I roasted some seeds, they looked perfect on the outside but the seeds tasted burnt. Ended up throwing the whole batch away.
- TIP: You may need to demonstrate to younger children how to take the seed out of the shell. My daughter, however, didn’t have the patience to wait and just ate the pumpkin seeds, shell and all. It has been suggested that the shell is the best part anyway. I would try them with and with out to see how you like them best.