Pumpkin Seeds

Learn how to roast pumpkin seeds at home. Make sweet, savory, or spicy versions and find ways to use them in different dishes.

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Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Rating: 3 stars 11
Bake these pepitas for a great snack. Double the recipe for a snack you can carry around for a couple of days.

Pumpkin-Orange Bread

Pepitas give this spiced Pumpkin-Orange Bread a pleasant crunch. Using canned pumpkin puree keeps the prep time to a minimum.

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This fragrant pesto features toasted pumpkin seeds and parsley -- along with dried chile and a touch of cinnamon -- in place of the usual pine nuts and basil for a seasonal variation on the Italian classic.

Spiced Pepitas

Rating: 3.5 stars 23
This spicy pepitas recipe makes wonderful use of the seeds from your jack-o'-lantern.

Pumpkin-Seed Piecrust

Rating: 3 stars 25
Decorating this crust with pastry leaves is as easy as, well, pie, but it's also beautiful with a simple crimped edge. You can make two undecorated bruleed pumpkin pies that way, if you double the filling.

Toasted-Coconut Granola

Rating: 4 stars 81
This delicious granola recipe is courtesy of Nekisia Davis of Early Bird Foods.

Smoky Sweet-Potato Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 41
A puree of sweet potatoes, apple, and leeks gets an earthy spiciness from a chipotle chile coated in adobo sauce—which can be omited for spice-free eaters. The silky Sweet-Potato Soup relies on its fresh ingredients, not heavy cream or butter, to achieve its rich flavor.

Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage and Carrots

The variety of seeds and the kale make this a distinctive twist on coleslaw.

Baked Oatmeal for a Crowd with Berries and Seeds

When mixed berries get baked into creamy, cinnamon-spiced oats, the result is this warming breakfast casserole that can feed a crowd in one fell scoop. Chopped dates provide sweetness the natural way, while crunchy toasted pepitas and hemp seed hearts offer a big helping of omega-3 fatty acids.

Spicy-Sweet Maple Snack Mix

Maple syrup is teamed with cayenne pepper, vinegar, and fresh thyme to flavor this addictive party-ready blend of peanuts, pepitas, crackers, pretzels, and cereal.

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 834
The secret ingredient in this easy, healthy butternut squash soup recipe is fresh orange juice, which gives the soup a bright note. Peeled, cubed squash is cooked on the stovetop with onions, ginger, and garlic until tender, and then puréed. Skip the sour cream if you want to keep the soup vegan and dairy-free, but don't miss the roasted squash or pumpkin seeds for garnish—they make a sublime finishing touch to this cozy vegetarian soup.

No-Knead Seeded Overnight Bread

Turn out a hearty, chewy-crusted loaf worthy of the best bakeries -- all without breaking a sweat. This no-knead, no-fuss oat and wheat bread is packed with pumpkin, flax, poppy, and sesame seeds. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 505.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a tasty, healthy snack that is easy to make. You can even use the seeds you scoop out of your jack-o'-lantern for this pumpkin seeds recipe. Simply roast them and toss with ground cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne. Sweeten the seeds with a touch of honey and roast again for maximum flavor and crunch.
Pumpkin-Seed Brittle
Rating: Unrated 112
You don't need to be a candymaker to master this easy brittle recipe! Melt together butter, light brown sugar, and honey, cook until they reach a boil, then stir in pumpkin seeds and cool until set. The brittle can be enjoyed by itself or broken over ice cream.
Granola Bark

It's extra-crunchy and protein-packed, thanks to flaxseeds, almonds, pepitas, and the egg white that binds them all together. Just bake it up and break it up into snackable shards for breakfast on the go.