Treat yourself to some delicious fall snacks! Snacks are best when they are homemade, I think, so flex your skills in the kitchen and try to make your own this week. These recipes are for all cooking levels and are fun to make with your roommates or to make for a cozy night alone. Not every recipe on this list will be pumpkin flavored, but there will be quite a few (it is October, after all), so apologies to those who can’t stand pumpkin. These snacks feature in-season produce like pumpkins, apples, and kale and classic fall flavors like cinnamon and caramel. 

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Pumpkin Seeds:

The best and most disgusting part of carving a Jack-O-Lantern is scooping out the cold and slimy, pumpkin covered seeds. But, what might be even better is what you can do with the seeds after you’re done scraping them out of the pumpkin. This is a recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds! When toasted, the seeds become a perfect transportable snack, crunchy and full of flavor. This article gives you three different ways to make them! By adding different spices to the toasted seeds, you can customize the flavor however you’d like. The flavors suggested in this article are lemon cayenne spice, sweet curry, and garlic chive. If you wanted to make them sweeter, try adding cinnamon and a bit of brown sugar to the toasted seeds while they’re still hot on the pan. For full baking directions, click here!

Pumpkin Dip:

What would happen if you blended a pumpkin pie and a cheesecake together? Pumpkin dip! Creamy, thick, and swirled with pumpkin pie flavor, this dip is awesome to have around for fall parties, study sessions, and for midnight snacking. This dip is mainly comprised of pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and, for added fluffiness, whipped cream. Serve with pretzels, apple slices, marshmallows, and graham crackers, or spread it on toast for a sweet breakfast! (Or just eat it with a spoon, no judgements). Click here for the ingredients and mixing instructions. 

Mini Apple Crisp:

Apple crisp is a favorite dessert in the midwest. It’s a very homey treat with all the best things: apples baked in a cinnamon syrup, a crispy crumb topping, and a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream. Make it for yourself with this single serving recipe! An apple crisp is super easy to make and is so worth the time. This is one of the best fall treats! Learn how to make it by following this link.

Kale Chips:

Kale is the most hyped super food of this decade for sure. It’s benefits are off the charts, but they are kind of hard to keep in mind while trying to force yourself to eat a giant kale salad. Kale tastes very… green, and while some people love that about this vegetable, it can be what makes others shun kale for good. Well, this recipe turns kale into a yummy snack even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Kale chips are very easy to make, and they’re a good alternative to regular potato chips since they have so many added benefits. All you have to do to make your own is cut up washed-and-dried-kale-leaves, place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil and salt before baking. Get the full recipe here!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:

I don’t need to explain why you should make these. Pumpkin. Cookies. Chocolate. Enough said. Definitely do eat some cookie dough when you make these, you’ll thank me later. These pair perfectly with hot cocoa and a chilly evening. Find out how to get these cookies in your life with this recipe