Pumpkin Season Is Here!

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Kick off the pumpkin season by making your own pumpkin puree! First, cut open the pumpkin and remove the seeds and stringy flesh. (Don’t throw the seeds out, they can be roasted for a tasty protein snack! Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of healthy fats, fibers, and various antioxidants that are beneficial for your heart!) Cut into large chunks and boil until soft. After letting the pumpkin cool, remove the skin and mash the flesh with a fork or potato masher, or even in a food processor until it’s smooth. You can freeze your pumpkin puree for up to 5 months to use in recipes like pumpkin bread or these pumpkin oat bars.

Pumpkin Oat Bars

Here’s also an easy way to roast pumpkin seeds!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Janet Bryan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJanet BryanEFNEP Educator, Extension Program Assistant Call Janet E-mail Janet N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center
Updated on Oct 1, 2020
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