Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Every year I eat tonnes (ok maybe slight exaggeration) but a lot of pumpkins and squashes and I never do anything with the seeds. Honestly I normally can never be bothered to wash the seeds and do anything with them, but this year I decided that I would use them. Antony very kindly washed and got the remaining flesh off the seeds and then I decided a sweet and smokey topping would be great.

Sometimes making homemade pumpkin seeds can be a bit tough but I found using the olive oil and maple syrup helped to keep the outer shell slightly softer but still crunchy. The sweet, salty and smokey flavour works really well together. I get through a lot of smoked paprika, especially in the autumn.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


  • Pumpkin seeds – washed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp maldon sea salt


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together, then place on a baking tray, spreading out so the seeds are evenly distributed.
  2. Roast in the oven at 200C for 20 minutes, stir the seeds every 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to cool.

Enjoy! H x


3 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

  1. This is so good and easy to maker. I always have one or two pumpkins outside for the kids. I love saving the pumpkin seeds to roast in the oven. It does not get any fresher than that! Thanks for your spicy version! Looks yummy!

      1. I wrote about pumpkin seeds on Facebook yesterday. Pumpkin seeds are #1 in magnesium keeps the joints working well ..plus …plus. I thank you for your reminder. and pumpkin seeds are so tasty!!!

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