Autumn is one of my favorite times of year!
From the amazing colors to yummy smelling baking to all things pumpkin spice, my senses go into overdrive this time of year. And the one way that I find myself exploring this season with my senses is through baking and cooking.
In any given search on the internet there are literally thousands of recipes for soups, casseroles, breads and so much more that bring in the smells of Autumn. Whether it is a great soup or banana bread or even homemade pumpkin spice lattes, one does not need to look far to be satisfied.
Today I am going to share a few of my favorite recipes for Autumn eating! Enjoy, and if you share these please note where you found the recipes in order that the original posters receive full credit.
1. Zucchini Bread
This zucchini bread recipe will help you utilize this great vegetable that has so much diverse uses. I have been using this particular recipe for about seven years now and its one of the only ways my children will eat zucchini!
Check it out Mom's Zucchini Bread at All Recipes here.
2. Cabbage Roll Soup
I have been following the blog, Simply Stacie, for almost as long as I have been blogging (about 10 years) and she has had many amazing recipes over the years. By far though my favorite is her recipe for Cabbage Roll Soup. It is the perfect recipe for cool fall suppers, for church potlucks and weekend company. Match with homemade biscuits and a simple tossed salad and your meal is complete.
Check out the recipe for Cabbage Roll Soup here at Simply Stacie today!
Waffles are a year-round favorite of both my family and the children in my family child care program. They are easy to make and you can add all kinds of toppings to satisfy all the needs of your loved ones. One thing that I especially love about waffles and pancakes is that you can add whatever spices or seasonings into them to change up the taste. My favorite Autumn themed way to do this is to use Epicure Seasoning Pumpkin Pie Spice. It is Gluten Free, MSG Free, Non-GMO and very inexpensive, lasting a long time as you only need to use a little in the batter to make a big difference. It also only has 1g of carbs, so for me as a diabetic, it's a perfect item to add a little sweetness to my drinks and mealsThe best thing about waffles is they are able to freeze, making it an easy breakfast or snack item. I also cut my waffles in strips, making them waffle sticks and freezing them too!
My favorite recipe for waffles is this one from Betty Crocker!
4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
As a family child care educator and provider I am always on the hunt for delicious, healthy snack ideas for the children I teach. I bake and cook primarily from scratch, because I know exactly what is in the items I am serving and it helps me to feed even the most picky of taste buds. One of my favorite go-to website is Happy Hooligans. They have activities, advice and even recipes for both parents and educators alike. One of the children's favorite foods is chocolate chip cookies and with pumpkin spice everything being my favorite, I decided to see if Happy Hooligans had a recipe for cookies that could cover both favorites. They did! It is super delicious and the children always ask for more than one. The recipe makes a ton, and they are great to freeze too for future use.
Check out the recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies here, on the Happy Hooligans blog!
5. Soft and Chewy Granola Bars
With school back in full swing now over the last two months, I have a favorite go-to homemade granola bar. It is soft, no-bake, and freezes absolutely wonderfully. It is super flexible so you can add whatever filling you want, be it chocolate chips, cranberries, etc to meet the needs of your family. I got the recipe from a day home provider friend (check out her resource page here for some amazing tried and true recipes. I have make many of them with great success) and I have already passed it on to several people in my circles.
To create the mini granola bar bites that I make, I use the Perfect Petite Pan from Epicure Selections. It is silicone and I freeze the bars right in the pan, then transfer them to a freezer safe container for storage after! Each pan makes 30 bars at once. It is also super easy to clean and store.
Here is the recipe for Soft and Chewy Granola Bars:
¼ cup butter cut into pieces
2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup honey
½ cup dried cranberries (coarsely chopped)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the salt in a small saucepnan over
medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and sugar completely dissolves.
Pour butter mixture into bowl with oats. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then add cranberries
and ¼ cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
Firmly press into a lined pan or silicone tray (we like the Ikea ice trays). Press hard and well.
Scatter remaining chocolate chips over the top- press well.
Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
Store in an air tight container for up to one week.
(Modified from) inspiredtaste.net
Well I hope you will take a chance to make these great recipes and enjoy them as much as my family does. Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page if you do!