Healthy Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Find healthy, delicious pumpkin seed recipes, including recipes for roasted pumpkin seeds, granola, bread and more healthy recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chicken with Pumpkin-Pepper Mole

This chicken recipe is all about the sauce. Hot peppers, pumpkin seeds, and a combination of coriander and cinnamon make up a mole that is loaded with flavor.

Sweet & Spicy Slow-Cooker Snack Mix

With both sweet and spicy flavors to entice your taste buds, this slow-cooker-prepared snack mix is easy to make and great to have on hand for game days, parties, and after-school snacking. Remember to stir it every so often, as directed, to keep things from sticking together.

Smoky Pumpkin Seeds

Smoked paprika and garlic powder punch up the flavor in this easy roasted pumpkin seeds recipe.

Cocoa Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Eat these sweet, chocolaty pumpkin seeds as a snack or sprinkle them over ice cream, pumpkin pie and other desserts.

Roasted Kabocha Squash with Umami Butter & Candied Pepitas

Ever wondered how to cook kabocha squash without ruining your knife? Roasting it whole softens its armor and creates nutty, complex flavor inside. Topped with a savory butter sauce and sweet pumpkin seeds, this Thanksgiving vegetable recipe creates a superstar.

Massaged Kale Salad with Grapes & Cheddar

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The kids participating in the California Farm to School Network who inspired this salad knew that they could make kale more tender and appealing to fellow students by massaging it first to break down tough cells in the plant. You probably won't find crumbled Cheddar at your market, but all you have to do is buy the cheese as a brick and then slice before breaking it into little chunks.

Grandpa's Homemade Granola

Once you make this super-nutty, not-too-sweet granola, courtesy of Chris Johnson, father of EatingWell's social media editor Sophie Johnson, you'll never go back to store-bought. Nuts, seeds, coconut, dried fruit, Rice Krispies--this easy granola recipe has it all. Feel free to mix and match your favorite add-ins based on what's in your kitchen.

Ranch Pumpkin Seeds

Making your own ranch dressing mix is easy to do and cuts down on sodium and eliminates additives. We replicate the distinctive flavor of ranch with buttermilk powder in this easy roasted pumpkin seed recipe. It's a convenient staple to have on hand for muffins and baked goods, too.

Roasted Stuffed Pumpkin with Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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This roast pumpkin with a mushroom-and-bread stuffing is a beautiful vegetarian entree for the holidays. Use a small pumpkin if you can find one, but a winter squash like kabocha or buttercup also works. For a special garnish, save the seeds from the pumpkin, toss them with spices and roast them. If you use a squash, opt for store-bought pepitas; the squash seeds are too woody to eat.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted pumpkin seeds are flavored with a touch of sugar, lemon peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper for a sweet and savory autumn treat.

Garlic-Parmesan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Garlic bread meets pumpkin seeds in this baked pumpkin seed recipe--and they really hit it off!

Pumpkin Seed Salmon with Maple-Spice Carrots

Because this one-pan meal is ready in just 35 minutes, it's a good choice for a healthy recipe after you've had a long day at the office. Maple-spiced carrots cook alongside pepita-crusted salmon fillets and deliver amazing taste and nutrition in a dinner the whole family will devour.

Inspiration and Ideas

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting pumpkin seeds perfectly doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s how to do it so that they come out great!

Picking the Right Pumpkins for Cooking

Get the lowdown from Vermont farmers on how to find the right types of pumpkins for delicious recipes for fresh-cooked pie and more!

Spicy Chile-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Salty, spicy and garlicky, these roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack for any time of day. Increase the quantity of ground chile if you want 'em extra hot.