How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Fall is filled with pumpkin everything: pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies and of course, the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. Fans of savory pumpkin snacks need not fret though. Roasting pumpkin seeds creates a delicious salty snack that tastes great in salads, soups or on their own. The good news is that it's easy to make roasted pumpkin seeds at home.

The trickiest part of roasting pumpkin seeds is literally extracting the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin itself. Carefully cut a hole into the top of the pumpkin and scoop out all of the stringy insides with your hands or a wooden spoon. Start to separate the seeds from the stringy flesh. This can be a little challenging, so you can toss everything you're scooping out into a strainer and run cold water over it, which will make it easier to separate the seeds. Bonus points if you do this around Halloween to carve your pumpkin and enjoy a seasonal snack all at the same time!

Once you've removed the seeds from the pumpkin, rinse them under cold water. Dry them with a paper towel and preheat the oven to around 300 degrees. Once the seeds are dry, place them in a bowl and add your flavorings. Salt and olive oil are a delicious and healthy way to add flavor to your pumpkin seeds, but you can also use butter and salt. You can also get creative with the flavors and add chili powder, sugar or cinnamon! Once you've flavored your seeds, pop them in the oven on a baking sheet for 45 minutes or so, stirring them occasionally.

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