30+ Easy Fall Recipes - Real Food Whole Life

30+ Easy Fall Recipes

October 9, 2020 (Updated on September 17, 2021)

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If you’re looking for easy fall recipes, you’re in the right place!

Read on for healthy cozy crockpot soups, simple dinners, one-bowl baking and desserts, easy muffins, plus plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. All are gluten-free, dairy-free too!

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These 30+ healthy, easy fall recipes are ridiculously simple to make and feature all your favorite seasonal ingredients – like pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, butternut squash, maple syrup, cinnamon and more.

Whichever your favorite happens to be, there’s just something so cozy and nourishing about these dishes.

So I thought what better way to kickoff a new season than to gather some of my favorites into the ultimate fall recipe bucket list.

A little feel good, online cookbook club we can all do together.

Grab a friend and cook your way through these recipes – challenge yourself and see if you can make them all this season! 

easy fall recipes to try this season

There’s so many things my family looks forward to cooking in fall, but here’s a few of our favorites – you can click on each one to go straight to that section:

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Plus plenty of vegan, vegetarian, paleo and whole30 friendly options included too.

I hope you’ll try these Easy Fall Recipes soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

crockpot soups

This pumpkin soup recipe is so easy to prepare! Just throw the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it do its thing. Made with a mix of canned pumpkin, fresh herbs, and coconut milk, this soup is perfectly rich, creamy and so nourishing.

Ingredients: canned pumpkin puree, stock, tomato sauce, coconut milk, onion, garlic, herbs & seasonings

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Apple & Turmeric Soup is a simple chop and drop recipe that yields creamy, nourishing results. It’s a hit with the entire family, plus is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

Ingredients: sweet potato, apple, potatoes, stock, coconut milk, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and other seasonings

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This 3-bean crockpot turkey chili is an easy, one-pot meal made with ground turkey, hearty beans, simple spices, and plenty of vegetables. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Ingredients: ground turkey, canned beans, bell peppers, onion, sweet potato, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, and other spices

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This nourishing Slow Cooker Autumn Minestrone Soup is a satisfying twist on a classic. Perfectly satisfying for lunch or dinner, it freezes well and is naturally vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Ingredients: chickpeas, white beans, butternut squash, diced tomatoes, swiss chard (or spinach), stock, onion, garlic and other spices

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A simple and delicious plant-based meal, Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew is hearty, nourishing and packed with all the good stuff.

Ingredients: butternut squash, quinoa, kale, tomatoes, broth, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar, cumin, paprika, and other spices

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chilis

Sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together, Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili is perfect for fall or anytime of year. With a 30-Minute stovetop option you can make this one anytime.

Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic, cumin, chipotle peppers, apples, tomato sauce, lime juice, and other seasonings

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5-Ingredient Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili is simple to prepare, totally nourishing, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, black beans, salsa, vegetable stock, cumin, smoked paprika and salt

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Instant Pot Turkey Paleo Pumpkin Chili is a simple, healthy one-pot meal that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.

Ingredients: ground turkey, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, tomato sauce, bell pepper, onion, cumin and other spices

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Apple Cider Chili is a hearty sweet and savory vegetarian chili, combining a few simple ingredients into a quick, easy, and filling meal.

Ingredients: sweet potato, black beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce, onion, stock, apple cider, chili powder, and other spices

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dinner recipes

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Chicken is simple to prepare and yields super tender chicken in a sweet and savory sauce that everyone in the family will love.

Ingredients: chicken, apples, apple cider, onion, garlic powder and salt

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Instant Pot Chicken, Apples & Cabbage is a super simple one-pot meal that’s packed with flavor, but with little prep or fuss. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe. Also includes slow cooker and stovetop instructions!

Ingredients: chicken, onion, apples, cabbage, garlic powder, apple cider, apple cider vinegar and other seasonings

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20-Minute Turkey Tacos with Apple Salsa is the perfect, fresh recipe to ease your way from summer into fall. Topped with sweet, crisp Apple Salsa, they are simple to prepare on busy weeknights.

Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic, apples, cilantro, green onion, lime juice and other seasonings

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Packed with goodness and done in under 30-minutes, Beef & Butternut Paleo Chili is sure to become a weeknight staple!

Ingredients: ground beef, butternut squash, mushrooms, tomato sauce, onion, olive oil, garlic powder, cumin and other spices

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baking & desserts

Celebrate fall all year round with Pumpkin Spice Pancakes! They’re easy to make in just one-bowl and are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free so just about anyone can enjoy them. Grab a bowl, a can of pumpkin, and whip up these delicious pancakes today.

Ingredients: canned pumpkin puree, oat flour, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla extract, eggs, unsweetened milk of choice, salt and maple syrup

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Drizzled with a dreamy caramel sauce (that just happens to be refined sugar-free + dairy-free), Salted Caramel Paleo Apple Crisp is simple to prepare and perfect for your holiday table or dessert, any time!

Ingredients: apples, lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon, coconut oil, almond flour, vanilla extract, coconut milk

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A one-bowl, make-ahead wonder, One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are easy to make and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. Naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and dairy-free, too!

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, oats, oat flour, dairy-free chocolate chips, ground flaxseed, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, melted coconut oil and baking powder.

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The perfect dessert to serve a crowd, Healthier Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp is brimming with lightly sweet cinnamon-spiked apples and topped with a crunchy, satisfying oat topping. It’s also naturally gluten- and dairy-free, so you can enjoy this comforting dessert more often!

Ingredients: apples, orange juice & zest, lemon juice & zest, maple syrup, cinnamon, oat flour, cinnamon, rolled oats, melted coconut oil and salt

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vegetarian dishes

This Fall Harvest Salad combines fresh greens, roasted cauliflower & sweet potato with crisp apple for the perfect autumn salad or side dish!

Ingredients: roasted sweet potatoes & cauliflower, fresh crisp apples, arugula, almonds, avocado, feta and an easy apple cider vinaigrette.

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Sweet, rich and easy to prepare, Sweet Potato Casserole (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free) is naturally grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened and completely satisfying.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, coconut milk, apple cider, salt, pecans, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, shredded coconut, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Harvest Salad is bursting with fresh fall flavors and perfect for your autumn, holiday table or any night of the week. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe.

Ingredients: butternut squash, red onion, sweet apples, baby arugula, maple syrup, cinnamon, pepitas, olive oil and a lemony dressing

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A fun and delicious make-ahead recipe, Sweet Potato Hashbrown Egg Nests are perfect for brunch, breakfast, or a quick snack.

Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggs, olive oil and salt

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one-bowl muffins

One-Bowl Flourless Sweet Potato Pie Muffins are nourishing, packed with flavor, and the perfect naturally-sweetened treat anytime. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo recipe.

Ingredients: sweet potato puree, vanilla, pecans, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, almond flour (or oat flour), eggs, coconut oil, baking soda, baking powder and salt

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Enjoy the warming, cozy taste of the season with One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins! Naturally grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and naturally-sweetened, these muffins are simple to make and taste amazing.

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond flour, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, eggs, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt

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One-Bowl Triple Apple Cider Spiced Muffins are a super tender, totally healthy, and packed with all the flavors of fall. A gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free recipe.

Ingredients: applesauce, apples, apple cider, eggs, almond flour (or oat flour), coconut oil, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder

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These easy One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins are quick to make and yield a tender, apple studded muffin that makes a great breakfast, afternoon snack, or side to your favorite autumn soups and chilis. Plus they’re naturally gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free!

Ingredients: chopped apples, applesauce, apple cider, oat flour, cornmeal, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

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vegetarian & vegan recipes

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are easy to prepare in the slow cooker and make for a filling, festive and delicious meal.

Ingredients: black beans, sweet potatoes, salsa, garlic powder and smoked paprika.

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Autumn Meal Prep Lentil Salad is packed with nutrition and full of beautiful fall flavors. Perfect to prep-ahead and take for lunch, or enjoy as a side dish anytime. A gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan recipe.

Ingredients: lentils, olive oil, butternut squash, greens, pepitas, and an easy maple Dijon vinaigrette.

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The Best Golden Glow Red Lentil Soup is an easy one-pot meal that’s bursting with nourishment. Simple to make in the Instant Pot, Crockpot, or stovetop, you’re going to love this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients: red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, garlic, ginger, turmeric and other spices

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Made with pantry staples, Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili is incredibly simple to prepare and is packed with good-for-you ingredients. A vegetarian crockpot meal perfect for any night of the week!

Ingredients: kidney beans, lentils, stock, onion, tomato paste, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric and other spices

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Simple and elegant, Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is easy to make with pantry ingredients. It feels indulgent, yet is packed with veggies and is naturally creamy without a trace of dairy. Perfect for a cool autumn evening or any night of the week.

Ingredients: canned pumpkin puree, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, coconut milk, olive oil, cinnamon, rosemary, sage and salt

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30+ Easy Fall Recipes: One Bowl Apple Cider Muffins

Yield 12 muffins
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

One-Bowl Triple Apple Cider Spiced Muffins are a super tender, totally healthy, and packed with all the flavors of fall. A gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free recipe. Plus 30+ more healthy, easy fall recipes I know you'll love making this season!

Ingredients

  • cup melted coconut oil plus more for greasing
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup fresh-pressed apple cider
  • 2 ⅓ cups almond or oat flour*
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple
  • Cinnamon sugar for topping optional

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, eggs, applesauce, maple syrup, and cider.
  • Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Add the chopped apple, stirring until just combined.
  • Fill each section of a 12-section greased or silicone lined muffin tin with roughly ¼ cup batter.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if using, then bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the sides and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely in the pan, then serve or store for later.

Notes

*Make your own oat flour for this recipe by placing 2 ⅓ cups whole rolled oats in a blender and blending until a coarse flour forms. You can purchase pre-made oat flour at many grocery stores and natural food markets or online. If you are gluten-free be sure to buy oats that are specifically labeled gluten-free.
These muffins are super tender, so be sure to grease or line the muffin tin, and allow to cool completely for easy removal.
Not a fan of chunks? Skip the chopped apple for a smoother consistency.
These muffins freeze well, so make a double batch and freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.
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2 comments to " 30+ Easy Fall Recipes "

  • Gina

    I literally am going to cook my way through these recipes. My kids are now both in college so we are officially empty nesters this year and I need some dinner inspiration. My husband and I are big fans of fall flavors so these are perfect ideas.
    One question. I haven’t cooked with coconut milk. Does it give soups or recipes a coconut flavor? And also, do you stir it all together before you mix it in or do you take off the top layer?

    • Robyn Downs

      Gina, yay, so fun to hear you’re going to cook through this list. Such a fun idea! Great question about coconut nut, milk too. Yes, give the can a good shake to mix the cream on top with the liquid before using it in a recipe (unless the recipe specifically calls for coconut cream). It it’s a very cold day, you might need to get in there and mix it yourself even after a good shake. For most of my savory recipes that use coconut milk in place of cream I find that the majority of people don’t notice the coconut flavor at all. If you your your fam is highly sensitive to the flavor they might detect it, so the choice is yours. You can sub heavy cream or half and half instead if you prefer. I hope you enjoy!

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