15 Ways to Cook with Pumpkin Seeds and Pepitas

updated Sep 22, 2023
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Once you’ve carved a pumpkin for a Jack-o’-lantern or for your autumn baking and cooking, what can you do with all the seeds? They are, after all, totally edible. Some of us even think they’re the best part of the pumpkin. To start, you can roast or hull them for a crunchy snack. But that’s just the beginning. Here are 15 easy and delicious ways to use up pumpkin seeds and pepitas, shelled pumpkin seeds.

Ways to Cook with Pumpkin Seeds and Pepitas

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Air Fryer Pumpkin Seeds Recipe
Roasting up a batch of pumpkin seeds is one of the many delights of autumn.
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Easy Muesli

This hearty muesli recipe is packed with whole grains, nuts, and seeds for an easy, satisfying breakfast.

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Pork, Pumpkin, and Cornbread Casserole

A shower of pumpkin seeds give this skillet casserole an extra-crunchy topping.

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Smoked Almond Snack Bars
This recipe for savory snack bars has a smoky barbecue flavor with lots of crunchy, toasted nuts and seeds to get you through to dinner.
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Wholesome Halloween Granola
Whole oats, nuts, and seeds are mixed with a double dose of pumpkin and baked until crunchy for a wholesome breakfast you can really feel good about.
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Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers

Chopped pumpkin seeds not only lends a nutty flavor to these burgers, but they add some extra protein and another layer of texture.

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Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Salad
A warm, entree-friendly salad that's filled with roasted sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and shallots and tossed in a tangy balsamic mustard vinaigrette.
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Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

If you haven’t used pumpkin seeds in your pesto, this is the time to give it a try. They can be substituted in equal measure any time a recipe calls for nuts.

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Rye Toasting Bread with Dried Cherries & Pumpkin Seeds

‘Tis the season for lots of baking, and this textured bread is one to add to the list.

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Homemade Vegan Protein Mix

Raw pumpkin seeds are just one of the ingredients in this easy vegan protein mix. We love it for making smoothies more filling.

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