Fall is here and naturally I had to go out and buy a pumpkin yesterday! It was perfect! Everyone got treats our of it (except the cat…he’s more of a tuna kinda guy)! I cut the top off the pumpkin and saved all the seeds, and then gave the dogs some of the fibers and pumpkin chunks. They loved it! I gave the bunnies the entire pumpkin… they are still trying to figure it out.
Do you see the teeth marks? I foresee a thoroughly destroyed pumpkin!
And for the humans, I made….
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
PREHEAT OVEN TO 325F
Tray: Baking sheet
* Fresh pumpkin seeds
* Olive Oil Cooking Spray
Preparation: Rinse the pumpkin seeds under cold water in a strainer. Carefully separate the pulp and strings, which is easiest soon after the seeds are removed from the pumpkin.
Coat the baking sheet with a thin layer of olive oil cooking spray and scatter the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on it. Spray another thin layer of olive oil cooking spray over the seeds. Sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 25-30 minutes and stir the seeds every 10 minutes. Make sure they always lay in a single layer in order for them to roast evenly.
Allow to cool and store in an air tight container.
These go for $7-$8 / lb at the store and I got the entire pumpkin for $5…worth it! So for $5 I made 2 bunnies, 3 dogs, and 2 humans happy. These are such a yummy snack – they taste like popcorn, but pumpkin seeds have so many more health benefits.