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Recipes and Flavors of Fall

Posted Sep 07 2012 3:01am

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

Beverages

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

Desserts

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!

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