Everyone knows the fall is all about sweet treats, which nutritionists often tell you to avoid. However, there is nothing wrong with a bit of indulgence now and again if you maintain control.
The problem with autumn treats is they only come around once a year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Some fall recipes are just as delicious throughout the year. Why not allow your sweet tooth a taste all year long?
1. Apple Fritter Bites
Hailing from Say Yes contributor Brittany, these apple fritter bites are easy to make, light on the stomach, and delicious. The best part, you can whip up about two dozen of these tiny, golden joys in 30 minutes.
- 2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, and cubed)
- 2 Beaten eggs
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 2 Teaspoons baking powder
- 2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ Teaspoon salt
- ⅔ Cup milk
- 1 ½ Cups flour
- ¼ Cup granulated sugar
- Vegetable oil for frying
- ¼ Cup milk
- 1 Cup powdered sugar
- ¼ Teaspoon salt
- ¼ Teaspoon vanilla
- Using a pan or fryer, heat the oil to 350° Fahrenheit. Mix the baking powder, sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
- Using another bowl, beat the eggs and add milk and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Combine dry and wet ingredients, folding to a thick, nearly-combined consistency.
- Then, add the melted butter and apples to the mixture.
- Place 1 tablespoon of batter into the heated oil. Allow the batter to remain in the oil until golden brown.
- Remove the fritter from the oil and place it on a paper towel to drain. Finally, dip the warm cakes in the glaze. Let the fritter sit for about 30 minutes before eating for the best results.
2. Pumpkin Loaf Cake
Coming from Ashley over at Sugar & Cloth, this pumpkin loaf cake is a Thanksgiving treat that is sure to give you those warm feelings all year long. The recipe makes a 9-inch loaf.
- 1 ¾ Cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
- 1 Cup canned pure pumpkin
- ½ Cup room temperature, unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ Cups Sugar
- ⅓ Cup whole milk
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ Teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ Teaspoon salt
- 3 Large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Sift the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized bowl.
- Using a large bowl, either by hand or using a mixer, beat the butter smooth. Add in the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin.
- Once the butter mixture is mixed thoroughly, add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.
- Pouring the batter into a 9-inch loaf pan, bake it for 55 minutes.
3. Hot Chocolate Popsicles
Who said hot chocolate was just for the colder weather? With this Paper & Stitch recipe, you can enjoy your favorite hot chocolate all year long.
- Small marshmallows
- Chocolate syrup
- Your favorite hot chocolate mix
- Popsicle mold
- Popsicle sticks
- Prepare the hot chocolate as instructed, but be sure to use milk, not water.
- While brewing the hot chocolate, place a few marshmallows into each popsicle mold. Pour the hot chocolate, filling each mold about a third of the way. Freeze for one hour.
- Remove from the freezer, add popsicle sticks, and a thin layer of chocolate syrup. Add more hot chocolate. Freeze and repeat once more.
- Freeze thoroughly and enjoy.