These are the best fun fall recipes using seasonal produce, cozy spices, and other autumnal ingredients to keep you warm and satisfied all through fall 2021.
Fall 2021 is upon us and, if nothing else, we should be eating good and eating in season, at that! Living in Houston, Texas, we don't get the full autumn experience. Apple picking, bonfires, and all that don't really happen around here so we have to make our own fall traditions and take the coziness wherever we can get it. Seasonal fall recipes are a big part of that. So today, here are the 20 most popular recipes for fall cooking from the blog to carry you through the whole season. Wondering what to cook in the fall? Get into these cozy ideas made with autumnal ingredients. Apples are present, as is pumpkin, sweet potato, and a lot more to take you all the way from breakfast to dessert. You're bound to make each item more than once--they're that good!
1. Apple Cider Gin & Tonic
Bring autumn vibes to your happy hour at home with my Fall G&T recipe. It combines gin, tonic water, orange (instead of lime), apple cider, and twists of cinnamon and clove for an unforgettable and very easy fall cocktail.
2. Apple Cinnamon Granola
My easy Apple Cinnamon Granola is always uber popular at this time of year and with good reason. It's grain free, easy to make, and full of fall flavor favorites like crisp apple, pumpkin seeds, and maple syrup. And because you know exactly what's in it, you can snack with confidence. That's probably the best part.
3. Apple Spice Overnight Oats
Start your day with cozy vibes by getting ahead the night before with my Apple Spice Overnight Oats recipe. Quick and easy and you can even warm them up if you want. I top these with crushed apple chips for a little texture and, of course, natural apple flavor.
4. Bourbon Caramel Cider
Fall cocktails that warm you up are my kind of cozy. And once you try Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider, you won't go back to any other kind of cider. If you have two minutes and four very simply ingredients, you can make this boozy cider. Just grab bottled apple cider, caramel candies, whipped cream, and, of course bourbon!
5. Chai Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
Make these Chai Spiced Pumpkin Snickerdoodles for potlucks, parties, Friendsgiving dinners--just about anything where you want to impress. I guarantee they'll be all gone in a hurry. A mix of chai spices and pumpkin puree give normal snickerdoodle cookies all the fall feels.
6. Chicken & Mushroom Soup
My Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Soup provides cozy fall vibes no matter what the temperature and won't heat up your whole kitchen because it only takes 30 minutes to make! It's one of my favorite cozy soup recipes for fall. It's also keto-friendly and comes together in just one pot. I mean, does it get any better than that? The answer is no.
7. Fall Cheese & Snack Board
Make your fall girls nights or at-home date nights more delicious with this festive cheese board using seasonal Trader Joe's finds. It includes the best assortment of crisps, crackers, nuts, spreads, and, of course, cheese. I love it because it evokes the beautiful changing fall foliage with deep orange, burgundy, yellow, and green snack items
8. Harvest Banana Bread (Vegan)
My Harvest Banana Bread tends to cause a commotion because it just tastes too dang good to be vegan! It's banana bread meets carrot cake with seasonal mix-ins like apple chips, and dried cranberries plus a crunchy brown sugar topping. You won't regret trying it--unless you're on a diet as it is high-key hard to stop eating.
9. Hot Toddy with Apple Cider
Now, this Hot Toddy with Apple Cider is a comforting fall recipe that is, of course, for adults only. Try this nightcap made with honey, lemon, apple cider, and a shot of straight bourbon whiskey. You'll feel all warm and fuzzy in the best of ways.
10. Kale Salad with Orange Maple Vinaigrette
Salad can be cozy, y'all! My Ultimate Autumn Salad is a healthy fall recipe that proves it. What's in season during autumn? Pretty much everything in this salad: tender massaged kale, caramelized delicata squash, dried cranberries, and more all finished with a flavorful orange & maple vinaigrette dressing. Enjoy it with dinner or even for the holiday table.
11. Maple Almond Breakfast Smoothie
One of my favorite quick fall recipe ideas is this filling Breakfast Smoothie. Made with oats, almond butter, and a touch of maple syrup, it is basically breakfast in a glass and an easy start to cozy autumn mornings, even on the go.
12. Maple Cranberry Apple Pie
My Maple Cranberry Apple Pie is autumn in pie form. Maple, cranberry, pear, apple, and spices fill the space in between a buttery bottom crust and festive oat streusel topping. Make it a couple times during September and October then bust it out for Thanksgiving dinner. I promise everyone will be impressed.
13. Moroccan-Spiced Chili
Go ahead and add my Moroccan-Spiced Chili recipe to your list of fall dinner ideas. It is perfectly spiced and even incorporates in-season veggies like collard greens and sweet potato for a colorful, flavorful, and hearty cozy weather meal the whole family will love. Don't forget the cornbread on the side!
14. Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
Warm fall breakfast ideas are always a needed as the temperatures drop and my Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal Muffins will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning. They're perfect for on the go and and easy fall recipe to make with kids so they can help out in the kitchen.
15. Pumpkin Donuts
Pumpkin Donuts are just perfect on their own but made even better with cream cheese frosting. And don't be thrown--if you can make cupcakes, you can make these baked donuts. Check out the recipe ASAP.
16. Pumpkin Kitchen Sink Cookies
Combine sweet, salty, buttery, crunchy, and chewy, all in one with my Pumpkin Kitchen Sink Cookies. These is an easy, fun fall baking project the whole family can get in on and the cookies will go fast! Make them for any fall gatherings you have coming up.
17. Pumpkin & Hatch Salsa
My Pumpkin & Hatch Chile Salsa blends late summer and early fall flavors with pumpkin, hatch chile, and a few other fresh ingredients into the perfect snack or appetizer. Now that football season is back, you can add a bowl to your spread for something unique and tasty. It is spicy AF so be warned. But don't be scared. Get on this one while we're in the thick of hatch chile season. It typically ends late September!
18. Roasted Root Vegetables
You should add Roasted Root Vegetables to your year-round rotation but they're particularly perfect in the fall, when beets, potatoes, and carrots are in season. Simple herbs and spices allow each vegetables' unique flavor to shine through and the finished dish looks stunning on the dinner table.
19. Sticky Sweet Potato Blondies
These Sweet Potato Bars are essentially blondies made with roasted sweet potato and salted caramel Super easy, gooey, sticky, and sweet--truly one of my best fall baking ideas! You'll want to share them just to avoid eating the whole pan by yourself. Ask me how I know.
20. Sweet Potato Gingerbread Muffins
Last but certainly not last in the desserts to bake in the fall lineup, Sweet Potato Gingerbread Muffins are perfect for that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas when you probably have lots of people stopping by and are making plenty of home visits yourself.
I hope you enjoy as many of my autumnal dishes as your heart desires and share them with people you love, too. If you work your way through these fall recipes and find yourself craving more, check out my fall archives for additional deliciousness. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this recipe over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
This is a great list. The sweet potato ginger bread is the first thing I will try. Fall is my favorite season for cooking because there are so many veggies ready and in season.
Thanks, Beth. I think you'll love the muffins!