The temperatures are in the high 80s right now in San Diego and it’s not feeling much like fall outside, but that’s not stopping me from being excited about fall recipes and flavors.
Here are 15 of my fall favorites that I’ve either made recently because I was impatient and started my fall cooking in July or that I made a few seasons ago and that I’m excited to make again.
Dips, Spreads, Appetizers & Snacks
Dark Rum Caramel Sauce – A step by step tutorial on making caramel sauce for all those apples you’re going to pick. The rum is optional although recommended.
Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip – Takes mere seconds to make with just a few ingredients stirred together, including pumpkin and caramel
Cranberry & Orange Ginger Mango Chutney (vegan, GF) – I was addicted to Trader Joe’s Mango Ginger Chutney and those little jars were getting expensive so I came up with my own version and added cranberries
Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF) – Scott never met a roasted almond he didn’t inhale and these are no exception
Soups, Sides, & Mains
Sweet Potato Red Pepper and Coconut Milk Soup (vegan, GF) – The fastest and easiest soup you’ll ever make with just 3 ingredients and a microwave-friendly recipe
Spicy Baked Black Beans with Mixed Vegetables (vegan, GF) – Baked beans embody fall comfort food
Pumpkin Spiced Brown Rice Tempeh and Cranberry Salad (vegan, GF if GF tempeh is used) – This was a fall-inspired salad I just had to have in June and it can be served warm or cold
Curried Ginger & Raisin Lentils (vegan, GF) – There was no way I could make the lentils look pretty, but the ginger and raisins made them taste pretty enough that no one complained they were eating lentils for dinner
Chips and Cheese Chili Casserole (vegetarian/vegan, GF) – Casseroles are fall comfort and tailgating food at its finest especially when chips are baked right in
Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie (vegan, GF) – I made this in the blazing Caribbean heat because I was craving the warming flavors and spices of fall – go figure
Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Have your pumpkin pie and drink it, too
Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars – The spice cake base makes this perfect for fall. If desired, omit the coconut and replace it with grated apples.
Candy Corn Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites (No Bake) – Stuff leftover Halloween candy or candy of any type into no-bake cookie dough and perch it on top of a pretzel for a salty ‘n sweet treat
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Cinnamon, brown sugar, golden raisins, and oats create these chewy and hearty cookies that remind me of leaves changing and fall weather
Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation) – You could eat a caramel apple but I’d rather have one of these dense, rich, and gooey caramel bars
Do you have any recipes or flavors of fall you’re excited to incorporate?
Feel free to link up any recipes you’ve made and can’t wait to make again or those you’re excited to try.
For all the pumpkin lovers, stay tuned. You’re in luck. So much luck, actually. I’m on my fourth can of pumpkin puree and September just started. I have a pumpkin recipe coming up in just a couple days and I’m restraining myself from adding pumpkin to just about everything I make.
Thanks for the Capresso Froth Plus Automatic Milk Frother Giveaway entries and have a great weekend!