As soon as October hits, the internet blows up with a very, very diverse variety of autumn recipes. Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chocolate, pumpkin spice quinoa, pumpkin wontons (yes, really), ham with–you guessed it–pumpkin spice glaze. Pumpkin ice cream. Pumpkin muffins. If aliens visited our planet right about now, they would assume the only plant that thrives in the autumn is pumpkin. I mean, really. I don’t even like pumpkin that much, and any craving for it has been squashed by the pumpkin-spice frenzy that has consumed our world.
So let’s talk about some fabulous fall treats that are not pumpkin-related. Can I just write an ode to the apple cider donut? Apple cider is good, donuts are good, cinnamon sugar is good, but when they’re all combined into this one delicious treat, the heavens sing their praise. Luckily, there are plenty of places around here to enjoy these wonderful, homemade donuts, including our local apple orchard which I visited this morning. YUM.
My favorite way to add some fall flavor to my favorite foods is by adding spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are what make apple pies and pumpkin spice lattes so delicious, so why not add them to other things, too? I often add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to my hot chocolate or stir it into my oatmeal. You can also get creative with brown sugar and maple syrup in your everyday dishes. Trust me, it’s these things that make all those pumpkin recipes so delicious, not the actual pumpkin. Pumpkin is a squash. It’s really not that tasty, I promise you.
What are your favorite fall recipes?