There’s no time in the year like fall. The colors change. Holiday celebrations begin. The snow starts.
But perhaps the most anticipated fall traditions are cozy nights by the fire and celebrations like Thanksgiving or Christmas. None of these would be completed without your favorite fall recipes and ingredients.
Here are the fall pantry essentials you need for your fall recipes..along with some bonus fall recipes at the end.
Fall Pantry Essentials
This is a staple for any pumpkin recipes that you might want to create in the fall. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, this is the secret for enhancing the pumpkin flavor, which can be easy to miss in some recipes.
Here are some popular fall recipes that call for pumpkin pie spice.
This is another essential ingredient for pumpkin recipes. If you want to make pumpkin flavored everything, then this is the best way to get it in your recipes. After all, they wouldn’t be pumpkin recipes without, well, pumpkin. 🙂
Pumpkin puree is the easy and versatile way to celebrate the nutrition and flavor that the humble pumpkin provides. You can make it easily or purchase organic pumpkin puree. Just make sure it’s sugar free.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Onion Frittata Recipe
This is absolutely essential for spicy hot chocolate and pumpkin mocha lattes. Aside from the delicious taste and convenience of cocoa beans, it’s actually a healthy addition to your diet.
Cocoa powder is high in polyphenols and can improve your mood. Just like chocolate.
For the best hot chocolate, ensure that you use non-alkalized cocoa powder or dark chocolate with more than 70% cocoa. This is especially important if you want to maximize the health benefits of cocoa powder.
A high quality chocolate is also great for s’mores, chocolate smoothies and chocolate chip cookies!
Get The Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Mocha Latte
If you want to take your fall drink recipes to another level, try using spiced rum to add a kick. They come in different flavors that scream fall- vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg just to name a few.
You can add spiced rum to hot chocolate, chai beverages, daiquiris, and more.
If rum isn’t your thing, brandy, apple cidar, and whiskey are also some good options.
Cinnamon or Cinnamon sticks
Cinnamon is a year-round pantry essential, but for fall it’s absolutely necessary if you’re always cooking. I personally add it to almost everything from oatmeal, to mocha lattes, to smoothies and pies.
If you’re planning to make pumpkin pie, pumpkin oatmeal or even a spicy mocha latte, then cinnamon is a must. You can use cinnamon powder or get cinnamon sticks for a more authentic and woodsy layer of flavor. Cinnamon sticks are also great for those Instagram photos.
Other fall spices that you can add to your pantry are cloves, nutmeg, and allspice (or pimento). I love getting whole cloves and nutmeg so I can just grate them into whatever recipe I’m making, since dried spices tend to lose flavor and the aromatherapy benefits over time.
Hope you have a great fall! Stay warm and enjoy this special time with your family and friends. There’s nothing quite like it.