We don't blame you if you're so sick of summer you're ready to fast-forward to fall. While we wait for Autumn during these final weeks of heat and humidity, we'd thought we'd help you get a jumpstart on a more temperate season with some treats that capture the flavors of fall.
The slightly tart taste of an apple pie, the comforting sweetness of maple syrup or the legendary taste of a pumpkin spice latte… It can all be yours without the wait, or the high price tag, without so much as looking at the oven or stovetop. All you need is a slow cooker. Best of all, these beverages and desserts are both healthy and delicious.
So crank up the air-conditioner, break out the Crock Pot and get ready to enjoy fall's sweet treats at home before the leaves turn gold.
Via Betty Crocker
It's the drink that launched a thousand memes, many involving the concept of being "basic," but let the haters hate. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is popular for a reason. It's liquified pumpkin pie with the added buzz of coffee, for crying out loud! This tutorial could not be easier to follow and is incredibly versatile. Use nondairy milk or skip the whipping cream if you want a lighter beverage. The addition of canned pumpkin, which is currently available in supermarkets, deepens the flavor without resorting to syrups. More of a tea fan? Try...
While a traditional chai latte is pretty much a perfect drink as is, add some pumpkin puree, and you have a next-level chai that is ready to rock your taste buds. Brew the tea as strongly as you'd like, and check out the recipe for ways to make a spicier drink if you please!
Via The Frugal Girls
Sure, once you've gone apple picking, you'll need a billion apple-based recipes. Until then, try this refreshing semi-homemade version of apple cider that uses bottled cider along with orange slices and a classic fall spice blend of cinnamon, ginger and cloves to make a fast, easy and delicious drink that tastes just as good as homemade. Make it a real sweet treat with a drizzle of caramel and some whipped cream if you're really feeling festive. Yum!
Via Foodie and Wine
These stuffed apples give you all the flavor of an apple crumble with more apple for your snacking pleasure. Plus, they're super easy to make. The hardest part is making room for the stuffing without cutting the bottoms off of your apples. These are tasty and healthier than traditional cobbler or crumbles, but if you're looking for something even more nutritious, try...
Via Skinny Chef
These apples are prepared similarly but with a simpler filling made up of half the butter of the above recipe, along with walnuts for added protein, cinnamon and brown sugar. Jennifer Iserloh, the creator of Skinny Chef, also offers several alternatives if you're not keen on walnuts, such as oats, granola and raisins. Since the filling is a little less bulky than the apples from Foodie and Wine, you may find that you need more than a quarter cup of walnuts in your base to fill the apples. Experiment and see what works best for you! With the nuts, each serving is 214 calories with 2 grams of fiber.
Note: Both apple recipes call for a half-cup of liquid in the bottom of your slow cooker, but depending on your pot's size, you may end up needing more liquid. Be sure to keep an eye on your apples as they cook. Also, Iserloh's cooking time may prove to be too long, depending on the size of your slow cooker and the amount of liquid you choose. Foodie and Wine offers a low setting option if you'd like to try cooking the apples for longer, but again, these have to be watched.
Via Averie Cooks
Autumn is made for cozying up with a big blanket and a yummy snack to munch on while you binge-watch horror flicks. Start perfecting your munchies game with this amazing mix. This recipe is a great template for clearing out the snack pantry, but combining Chex with salty pretzels, sweet maple syrup and warming pumpkin pie spice creates a knockout combination. Nuts and dried fruit elevate the snack even further.