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Italian Spiced Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds

Forget toasting pumpkin seeds, try the seeds from your butternut squash.  You usually throw them away but save them this time and make a tasty snack!

Italian Spice Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds

This week I am posting from Phoenix, AZ! My hubby is out here for work quite a bit so these two weeks the kiddos and I are invading his space.  He has missed us these last two weeks, but he hasn’t missed the noise we create. LOL.  We were here last summer for a week and loved every minute of it!

A Grand Canyon tour, a few nights in Sedona, and of course, lots of great food! I’m a sucker for some tacos and in Phoenix, you can get tacos on just about every street corner.

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Italian Spice Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds
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Right before we came out last summer I ordered my new camera and it was delivered while I was gone. I wanted to have it with me when we visited the Grand Canyon but had to suffice with my phone. This year, I made sure I packed it, along with the battery charger, and an extra memory card.

Once the kids and I got to the airport and checked into security, we waited at the gate to board our flight. At that moment, I realized that I didn’t have my camera. AGAIN! I left it in the trunk of my car! UGH! All my blogger friends can sympathize with my plight!

Italian Spice Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds

I was going to get so much done these two weeks since we are renting a house and the kitchen is 1000 times bigger than mine at home! We packed the Xbox so the kids would have something to play while I cooked and blogged.  

I immediately stopped moping about my camera when I met a family in the airport that had missed flights, or had them canceled, had been up for 36 hours, and have missed most of their vacation already. I could make it work with my phone again!

And make it work I did! The best thing about the house is that we have a full kitchen so we don’t have to eat out for every meal.  With two growing boys, that gets expensive fast.  

While my oldest son wanted to make dinner one night (pasta with red sauce) I knew that Brooks and I couldn’t eat it. We opted for spaghetti squash so we could still have the sauce and enjoy the dinner Braxton had cooked.

Italian Spice Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds

I have eaten plenty of spaghetti squash since going (mostly) Paleo last year but never gave the seeds a second thought as I scraped them out of the squash and chucked them in the garbage. Surely they could be roasted like pumpkin seeds!

Limited on spices that night in the rental.  I had only garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning.  Here is the recipe for our seed adventure, and a few pics taken with my phone…

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Italian Spice Toasted Butternut Squash Seeds

If you don’t have any Italian Seasoning on hand, you can always make it!  Here is my recipe for Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix.

I hope you enjoy the recipe for our Italian night squash seeds! You’ll never throw seeds away again!

Spiced Squash Seeds

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Forget toasting pumpkin seeds, try the seeds from your butternut squash.  You usually throw them away but save them this time and make a tasty snack!


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • Seeds from a large butternut squash (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Homemade Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Put the olive oil in a small saucepan and heat to low.
  2. Add the garlic cloves and let them steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the cloves and save for another use.
  4. Clean and dry your seeds if you haven't already and preheat your oven to 375F.
  5. Toss your seeds with the oil and seasonings.
  6. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  7. Watch them carefully as every oven is different. Some may take longer or shorter!
  8. When they are just starting to turn golden brown, remove from the oven and cool.
  9. Store in an airtight container until ready to eat!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 709mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Sunday 19th of August 2018

These look very tasty. I didn't know you could eat their seeds.


Saturday 18th of August 2018

I never knew you could eat butternut squash seeds. Definitely need to try these.


Sunday 26th of July 2015

Looks tasty. Thanks for posting this recipe.

Friday 31st of July 2015

Thanks for reading! I get addicted to them and eat like candy:)

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