It's finally getting a bit chilly out there, Superfoodies, but it’s not quite winter yet! Fall is still upon us, and while it is, we should definitely utilize some of the seasonal ingredients that are at their freshest during this time of the year. That being said, we realize that some of the cliché “fall” dishes are probably getting old. Anyway, you can only have so much apple pie and pumpkin soup, are we right?
We would hate to get bored of these seasonal ingredients with so much of autumn still ahead of us, so we’ve decided to dig deep and find some unconventional fall recipes to enjoy. Check out these unexpected ways to enjoy common seasonal ingredients below:
1. Almond Butter Sweet Potato Toast - Feeling a little tired of roasted sweet potatoes and sweet potato soups and casseroles? This season, change up your breakfast or snack routine with this sweet potato toast recipe. Who needs bread anyway?
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 tbsp. almond butter or pumpkin butter
- 1 small banana, cut into slices
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- Take your sweet potato, and cut it in half.
- With each half of the sweet potato, cut slices of sweet potato about ¼ inch thick.
- Place ¼ inch thick slices into the toaster and toast, until you've reached the level of darkness desired.
- Lay the slices out flat.
- First, smother with the almond butter or pumpkin butter. Then, place the desired amount of sliced bananas and chia seeds over the butter. Enjoy immediately!
2. Sweet Potato Hummus - Sweet potato overload? Perhaps. But we simply can’t get enough of this innovative recipe. Who would’a thought?
- 3 c. peeled, diced, and steamed sweet potato
- 1/3 c. roasted tahini
- 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 tsp. garam masala
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Blend the sweet potatoes while they are very hot.
- Add in the tahini and blend.
- Add in the coconut oil and blend.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend well. Refrigerate until cool.
3. Pickled Apples - Apples don’t always have to be sweet! This Indian take on pickled apples is a sure way to calm down your autumn sweet tooth.
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
- 5-8 curry leaves
- Salt to taste
- Wash, core and chop the apples into small bits.
- Heat oil on medium high heat in a pan and add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the curry leaves. Saute for a minute or two.
- Reduce the heat and add the spice powders - cayenne, paprika, and turmeric. Saute for a couple of minutes.
- Add a little water and salt to taste and bring it to a boil. Increase the heat and let the mix thicken a little bit.
- Once the mixture has thickened, turn off the heat and add the chopped apple pieces and mix well to coat each piece.
- Once cooled, store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
4. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie - Yes, we know, everyone adds pumpkin to everything, and sometimes it can be a bit much. However, when pumpkin seed protein powder come into the picture, we admit to shamelessly adding it to everything. Check out this smoothie recipe and we promise you’ll feel the same way.
- 1 tsp. pumpkin seed protein powder
- ½ banana, frozen
- ½ c. pineapple
- ½ c. peach slices
- ¼ c. pumpkin puree
- ½ c. unsweetened almond milk
- ½ c. ground cinnamon
- ¼ c. pumpkin pie spice
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Place all of the smoothie base ingredients into a high speed blender, and blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
- You may add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie consistency.
- Pour into a glass and top with the optional toppings. Enjoy!