It wouldn’t be Halloween in our house without these delicious roasted pumpkin seeds. I have wonderful memories of carving out a pumpkin for Halloween and Mom roasting the seeds in the oven for us to snack on. Nature truly has a way of packing in a lot of goodness in tiny packages. Most people throw away the seeds but with a little extra effort, these seeds can be used for wonderful pop-in-the-mouth moments.

Clean the seeds and dry them in the sun, then toss them with your favourite seasoning and roast in the oven for a fabulous and nutritious snack.

Preparation Time

  • 20 minutes 

Cooking Time

  • 40 minutes


  • 1½ cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoon sea salt or garlic salt
  • ⅓ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • Non-stick cooking spray


  • Remove seeds from your pumpkin and place in a colander.
  • Place colander in your sink and rinse with water, removing as much of the stringy pumpkin guts as you can.
  • Pour seeds on to a rimmed baking sheet and allow to dry overnight! The following day, pick out any remaining pieces of pumpkin.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Toss seeds in a bowl with the olive oil and salt or other seasoning and spread the seeds on the prepared baking sheet
  • Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Taste and season with additional seasoning if desired.




Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tanya knew that Palestine was her symbolic homeland. Always curious about her identity and connecting with her roots, she was eager to strengthen her ties to the Levant and traveled the region, desperate to learn more. It wasn’t until her first trip to Palestine that she became spiritually and emotionally connected.

She studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She then moved to the UAE, supporting numerous NGOs related to children’s welfare in the region. When she had her own family, she created the My Olive Roots platform in the hopes that her children and the Arabs diaspora would have a place to connect, learn and preserve their roots. Tanya enjoys discovering humanist stories and exploring the connection of food and art with culture.

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