pumpkin seeds

“Save the seeds when decorating your pumpkin this Halloween and use them as a scrumptious salad topper” – suggests food blogger Safrina Nishad


  • 1 cup leftover pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt


To make the toasted pepitas

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C, fan 130°C, gas 2
  2. Wash the pumpkin seeds thoroughly and remove any pumpkin pulp that is sticking to it. Wipe the seeds using a kitchen towel or let them dry overnight in the kitchen counter.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the pumpkin seeds, olive oil, maple syrup and smoked paprika.
  4. Bake in a parchment lined baking tray for 25 – 30 minutes, stirring once half way through.
  5. Store in an airtight container and sprinkle over salads, dips and soups or enjoy as a tasty snack.

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