A Recipe Series: Fall Flavors

A Recipe Series: Fall Flavors

This time of year, I crave the richness of fall flavors: the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg, the taste of pumpkin, the sweet-tart crunch of fresh apples.

Unfortunately, many fall-flavored products in the grocery store aisle or chain eatery have little to no connection to the real thing. But, I say, when autumn’s bounty is so delectable, why should we settle for synthetic recreations of our favorite fall foods?

The good news is there are many quick and easy ways to bring fall flavors into your own kitchen. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share eight special recipes with you. With this many simple-yet-creative ways to bring autumn inside, you’ll be finding more and more excuses to treat yourself with homemade goodness!

Here are the recipes we’ll be making:

1. Maple Vanilla Creamer
2. Pumpkin Spice Butter
3. Curry Butternut Buttermilk Dressing 
4. Pumpkin Slow Cooker Lasagna  
5. Harvest Spiced Kettle Corn  
6. Pumpkin Spice Syrup
7. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips
8. Apple Cranberry Smoothies

We’ll kick things off today with not one, but two, super simple, versatile recipes.

First is a homemade Maple Vanilla Coffee Creamer. I created this recipe with those flavored coffee creamers in mind that you’ll find in the supermarket cooler–only you get to choose your ingredients, and you can pay special attention to their quality and provenance. For me, I get a wonderful local, organic, non-homogenized whole milk in my weekly CSA (community-supported agriculture) delivery. I use that in combination with organic heavy cream.

Maple Vanilla Creamer

1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix thoroughly and store in refrigerator. Makes 1 cup. Doubles easily.

For me, I don’t drink a particularly sweet coffee, so I can use this sweetened creamer and don’t have to add sugar. If you like sweeter coffee, and the idea of having your sweetener and creamer combined is appealing, you could very easily up the maple syrup, to your taste. This cream would also be delicious over oatmeal.

Next up is Pumpkin Spice Butter, which is pictured at the top of this post. I like it on toast, muffins, bagels, or anywhere you would use a sweetened  butter.

Pumpkin Spice Butter

1/2 stick softened unsalted butter
2 tsp. canned or roasted pumpkin (you could even use another winter squash, like butternut)
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Combine softened butter with pumpkin, honey, and spices. Mix until well combined. Store in the fridge.

Do you have a favorite fall recipe? What flavors do you crave this time of year? Leave a comment and let me know!


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  1. Looking forward to this series! One of my favorite recipes is my Great-Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread. Thanks for linking up with Thrive @ Home! 🙂
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  2. Printed the Pumpkin Slow Cooker Lasagna, can’t wait to try it! Perfect for our family! Thanks!


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