Today marks the official first day of fall.
Even though I feel as if fall started weeks ago, knowing that it's actually begun makes me realize how fast summer flew by. And I have to admit, I'm going to miss the sunny days and gorgeous weather. However, I'm still super excited for fall. After all, there are so many great things about the season, one of the main ones being the food.
Oh, how I love fall foods. Pumpkin and soup and everything that makes you feel all warm and cuddly inside. Yum!
To make sure you guys don't miss out on any of the delicious meals you could be having this fall season, I've put together a list of awesome recipes that are perfect for the crisp weather of autumn.
1. Healthy Pumpkin Squares
When I first came up with the idea to do a fall themed post, these squares instantly came to mind. They're one of the most viewed recipes on the whole blog, and with good reason too. The great pumpkin flavor and lovely texture certainly shine throw, showing that simplicity can very well be a good thing.
2. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffin
It's hard to imagine fall without apples. They're everywhere you look, it seems. This muffin pairs the great taste of apples, with that of comforting cinnamon to make one muffin you have to try. Plus, the single portion and microwave baking, make this treat something you can achieve in minutes.
3. Chickpea "Meatballs"
There's no doubt that meatballs are great at any time of the year, but they seem all the more comforting as the weather begins to cool down. These Chickpea "Meatballs" are no exception. Though they're completely vegan, I'm sure they're do the trick of warming you up on a cool day. Try them with rice for a unique spin on spaghetti and meatballs.
4. Cinnamon Sugar Muffins
Cinnamon Rolls = great fall breakfast. The only problem? They're not so healthy. If you're craving all that cinnamon sugar delicious-ness (which is not unusual for me at all), but don't want the extra guilt, these muffins are absolutely perfect for you. And paired with a steaming cup of coffee? Mmmmm...
5. Roasted Chickpeas
These guys will become your new go-to snack. I swear. They're one of those things that's impossible to stop shoving into your mouth... and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like chickpeas. If that doesn't show you something about how great this recipe is, I don't know what will. Don't forget to use fall spices to season for a delicious autumn twist!
6. Fudgy Pumpkin Crownies
First off, if the picture above isn't enough to already make you click want the recipe, then there's definitely something wrong with you. These "crownies" are part cake, part brownie, and all delicious. There's also pumpkin in them, which makes them totally fall-worthy. If you make these (which you must), try not to eat the whole pan, even though the tummy-ache you would get afterwards would probably be worth it.
7. Apple Snack Crisps
I'm sure all of you go apple picking around this time of year. Assuming you do, you're gonna have a lot of apples to deal with some time or another. Why not put some of those apples to use by making Apple Snack Crisps. They're a great snack, and couldn't be easier because basically all you do is slice, coat, and microwave.
8. Multi-Grain Waffles
Waffles on a chilly Sunday morning are like the definition of heaven in breakfast world. If possible, these waffles elevate that feeling even more. With a unique nutty flavor, they're unlike any waffle I had even tried before... and I love them. Next time you wake up and feel the slight bite in the air, make sure to give these a try.
9. Eggplant, Chickpea, and Tomato Casserole
This thing is just plain good. It's warm, hearty, and, though surprising, really healthy. I loved it when I had it during summer, and I plan to have it again sometime in the upcoming couple weeks. When eggplant, tomatoes, and chickpea combine, some kind of comfort food magic happens. You won't believe your taste buds.
10. Oatmeal Dried Fruit Cookies
Last, but not least, a cookie recipe. One studded with dried fruit and filled with oats to be exact. Oatmeal cookies are perfect for fall, in case you didn't know. Sweet and chewy and hearty and absolutely amazing while snuggling under a blanket with a good book. It's so so good.
That's all for this post, but definitely not all of the fall recipes I have to offer. I plan to completely bombard you with fall recipes in the upcoming months. I've already used up at least 3 cans of pumpkin. The only problem now, is deciding what to post first. Do you guys want apples or pumpkin or gingerbread first? It's so hard to choose!