autumn

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles (GF)

It's officially fall, and therefore, officially pumpkin season in my opinion. So get ready for all of the pumpkin recipes! 

I love pumpkin flavored everything pretty much. From coffee to pies to baked goods, it really never fails. So I thought I'd start it off with a very classic All Roads Lead to Healthy pumpkin-style recipe, pumpkin waffles. I decided to kick it up a notch and make it pumpkin pecan, and you guys, it's SO freakin' fall and so freakin' delicious!

Here's What You'll Need:

-1/2 cup quinoa flour
-1 scoop Vanilla Ka'Chava (you can use the code allroadshealthy10 for a $10 store credit)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
-1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin
-2 tbsp Purely Pecans pecan butter
-1 egg
-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1/4 cup water

Instructions:

1) Preheat your waffle maker.
2) Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
3) Pour one half of the mix into the waffle maker and cook according to waffle maker instructions.
4) Remove, and repeat with the second half of the batter.
5) Remove, serve, and top each waffle with your favorite toppings.

I topped mine with some extra pecan butter, a little maple syrup, and some pumpkin seeds which I'd highly recommend. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Pancakes

It's officially pumpkin season, and I couldn't be happier. Pumpkin is without a doubt one of my favorite flavors. It gets you in the mood for fall and Halloween, and it almost feels like it warms you up on those cool autumn mornings and nights.

I generally associate pumpkin with pie and coffee, but why not incorporate it into one of my favorite breakfasts, Greek yogurt pancakes. It's simple to make, and you will not be disappointed!

Here's what you'll need:

-5.3 oz of nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I use Wallaby Organic)
-1/4 cup of coconut flour
-1/4 cup of pumpkin
-1 egg
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp ginger
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-a pinch of allspice

Instructions:

1) In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until smooth. Yes, it's really that simple.
2) Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out your pancake mix onto the pan, and arrange and smooth  the batter into pancakes using a spoon. 
3) Cover the pan, and let the batter cook for about 2-3 minutes (may vary by stove). You will know that it's ready to flip because you'll be able to flip it. If the batter on the side of the pancake sticks to your spatula, give it some more time before flipping.
4) Flip each pancake, and cook the other side for about 2-3 minutes. 
5) Remove from heat, put your pancakes on a plate, and add any additional toppings as desired.

I added pumpkin seeds and maple syrup to mine, and I'd highly recommend the combination! I hope you enjoy this taste of autumn. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to subscribe for e-mail updates!

Autumn Harvest Salad with Spiced Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. Not only do I love the cooler weather (minus the past couple of hot and humid days), but this season really embodies my favorite flavors. I've touched on some pretty delicious (if I do say so myself) fall-inspired breakfasts, but what about lunch or dinner?

I decided to take that spiced apple, autumn flavor and turn it into a salad that's perfect for lunch, dinner, or as a side or starter to a meal. I made the one pictured with chicken, but you can easily skip it to make it vegetarian (as well as the blue cheese for a vegan option).

Here's What You'll Need:

-2 cups baby spinach
-1/2 granny smith apple, chopped
-1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped or in pieces
-4 tbsp blue cheese
-4 tsp dried cranberries
-2 tsp sunflower seeds
-2 tsp pumpkin seeds
-pinch of cinnamon (about 1/8 tsp)
-pinch of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp)
-1 tsp coconut oil
-5 oz chicken, cooked

For the dressing:

-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
-2 tsp water
-1 tsp honey
-1/8 tsp cinnamon
-very small pinch of nutmeg (about 1/16 tsp)

Instructions:

1) In a pan, heat the coconut oil until melted, toss in the walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and heat them for about 3 minutes (tossing regularly). 
2) In two bowls, separate the spinach.
3) Top each bowl of spinach with 1/2 of the chopped apple, blue cheese, dried cranberries, sunflower seed, and pumpkin seeds.
4) Split the spiced walnuts, and top each bowl.
5) Top with chicken if desired.
6) Whisk together the dressing ingredients, and top each bowl with half.
7) Enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to subscribe for e-mail updates!

Spiced Apple Overnight Oats

So it isn't technically fall yet, but it is after labor day, and that's good enough for me! I don't want to go full speed into fall mode and overdo it (which is actually impossible because there can never be too much fall), but I'm starting to ease into it. 

I had my first pumpkin coffee of the season, and I so badly want to throw on my over-sized sweaters. But then I go outside and it's 80 or 90 degrees, so that may have to wait. I want pumpkin everything, but I'm trying to hold off on going too crazy. So to ease my fall fever, I've been feeling apple happy - specifically cinnamon apple and apple cider.

I was thinking about breakfast the other day, and then it hit me. What better way to incorporate apples than into my overnight oats? It's the perfect mix of fall flavors to start off your day. Plus it's super easy to make, as all overnight oats are.

Here's what you'll need:

-1 cup rolled oats
-1 apple, cubed
-1 tbsp chia seeds
-1 tsp ground flax seed
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1 tbsp maple syrup
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 tsp light brown pure cane sugar
-pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

1) In a tupperware container or bowl mix, together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate overnight.
2) Split the oats between two bowls or jars, serve, and enjoy!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and get ready for some more apple-inspired recipes coming you way. Feel free to subscribe for e-mail updates, so you never miss a post!