Sprouted Sun-Dried Pumpkin Seeds



Sprouted nuts and seeds are a favorite at our house. Sprouting nuts and seeds makes them more easily digestible and breaks down the anti-nutrient phytic acid. If you want to know more about WHY soaking and sprouting is best, Our Nourishing Roots has a great post on the topic HERE.

I usually soak the nuts and put then in our old Ronco food dehydrator. (This Excalibur dehydrator is on my wishlist!)

Yesterday, I started the process by putting about 3-4 cups of raw pumpkin seeds in a bowl with 1 tbsp of real salt. I added filtered water to about an inch above the seeds. Some people add an acidic medium like whey. If I have some on hand, I add it but I have read that it’s not necessary, so I don’t always use it. Pumpkin seeds only need to soak for 7 hours, but I left them overnight and it was about 12. Up to 24 hours is fine. When it was time to put the seeds in the dehydrator today, the temp was about 100 degrees outside, MORE in direct sun. The thought of plugging in a heat generating appliance for 12 or so hours was not appealing to me. Then, I had a brilliant idea.

Metal pan. Hot sun. Sun-dried seeds!

(I say *I* had a brilliant idea, but really…what did they do before dehydrators? Most likely used the sun. Maybe fire in the winter.)

I put the seeds on a metal cookie sheet and spread them out.


I covered them in cheesecloth and set them on a table in direct sun on the patio. After a few hours, the patio became shaded and the seeds were still a little soft, so I put them on a bench our West-facing front porch. 1 more hour and they were done! 4 hours total in the sun in 100 degree weather.

[stextbox id=”info”]I totally just used the sun to prepare food! How cool is that?[/stextbox]

They are crispy and tasty and the energy was FREE! Can’t beat that.
Tomorrow I try the almonds that are soaking. That might a BIT longer, but it’s worth the wait.

This post is shared at Thank Your Body, Real Food Forager

3 Thoughts on “Sprouted Sun-Dried Pumpkin Seeds

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  2. Peggy Sorensen on August 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm said:

    I’ve sprouted almonds, but I haven’t sprouted pumpkin or squash seeds yet. Do you soak them with the shells on?
    I love being able to sun-dry in our 100+ heat too. I saved all of the old window screens when we got sunscreens so I can sandwich things in between the screens to keep bugs out and put some stones on top of the frame to keep it from blowing off.

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