You have a tasty dish on the schedule with pumpkin or butternut squash and you start cutting it. You remove all the seeds. What will you do with that? You can put these in your compost bin, save them for planting squash yourself or you can roast them.

How do you roast squash seeds in the oven?

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove most of the flesh still hanging around the seeds. Pat the seeds dry with kitchen paper or a towel. Place the seeds on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the seeds do not lie double. Optionally you season the seeds.
  • Place in the oven for approx. 15 minutes. Turn around halfway and make sure that they do not burn. The time may vary per oven.

Squash seed herbs and spices

If you would like to add an extra flavor, you can add extra herbs and spices. Then use a little oil so that the spices stick to the seeds. Which herbs can you use? (smoked) bell pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, pepper, salt, etc.

Peel squash seeds or not?

Unpeeled squash seeds can sometimes be tough, depending on the type of squash. I find this too tough with, for example, a pumpkin squash, but nice with butternut. You could, therefore, peel the seeds, but that is quite a job. I once started with sunflower seeds and stopped after a few hours because I was completely stressed and had only done a few seeds.

So you don’t have to peel them and could roast them like that, but if you find that too tough, you can also buy organic squash seeds (pepitas). The seeds that are sold in the store are from a special kind of squash hull-less squash, seeds without shells.

What can you use squash seeds (or pepitas) for?

  • You can eat the roasted squash seeds as a snack.
  • Sprinkle it over a salad.
  • In your oatmeal breakfast
  • Make a bread spread in the same way as you make peanut butter. (or order ready-made organic pumkin seed paste)
  • Put the seeds in home-made bread.
  • In a smoothie (unroasted)
  • Milk from squash seeds (roasted or unroasted). Mix the squash seeds with water and strain them in a nut milk bag or more convenient with a vegan milker.

Are squash seeds and pepitas healthy?

Yes indeed, they are not only tasty, but they are also very healthy. In terms of vitamins, the squash seed contains vit. B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, C, E, K. They are also packed with lots of minerals: manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium, calcium. Squash seeds contain healthy fats and are high in protein.

Very curious; do you throw away your squash seeds or roast them? Let it know below in a comment?