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Fall is the season where we thank the heavens for cooler temperatures after experiencing a hot, vacation-filled summer. It’s also when we begin feeling the holiday spirits, where there’s always something fun to celebrate, from Halloween to Thanksgiving!
Most importantly, it’s a time of cozying up with your loved ones, nursing a mug of hot chocolate, pumpkin spice lattes, and sweet fall desserts to complement the weather. After all, who doesn’t want to spend an afternoon or evening munching on delicious autumn-themed snacks with the entire family?
We understand that some people associate snacks with fatty or sugary junk food, but what if we told you that there are nutritious dishes you can easily do yourself? Read on as we share easy and healthy fall snacks that don’t pile on the calories!
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1. Creamy Pumpkin Hummus
How can you make hummus more autumn-themed? The secret is pumpkin! Shockingly, pumpkin hummus actually makes a fantastic combination, and you get a richer and creamier consistency that will go amazingly with pita chips or bread.
This is a vegan creamy pumpkin hummus packed with flavor, containing the classic ingredients everyone loves with a subtle pumpkin taste.
You can even make this as an appetizer or side paired with an easy fall dinner to impress your family!
2. Homemade Apple Chips
Potato chips? Nope, let’s do something better and try apple chips! It’s a unique way to enjoy a favored fruit, and you’ll be stunned by how different these apple chips taste compared to munching on a fresh apple.
They aren’t salty like potato chips, but they are naturally sweet, so don’t expect any added sugars here. Just add a bit of cinnamon for extra flavor and warmth.
If you’re craving something crispy but want to stay away from packaged chips, just prep apples to bake and cinnamon to sprinkle over. A quick and almost hassle-free fall snack for movies, busy work days, or just because!
3. Pumpkin Spice Granola Cups with Yogurt
Need something sweet without over-indulging this coming holiday season? This isn’t only a nutritious snack, but you can also have it for an energizing breakfast to get you through your mornings!
Pumpkin granola yogurt parfaits have the perfect balance of crunch and creaminess. Thanks to the pumpkin pie cashew cream, you get a warm spice with slightly nutty flavors from the cashews. Pair that with your chosen yogurt and granola, and you’ve got yourself a snack even the kids will eat a lot of.
4. Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
You know what happens come autumn, particularly when October arrives. That’s right, it’s Halloween! Celebrate a day (or entire month) of spookiness with these tasty Halloween peanut butter spider cookies made with any kid’s favorite candy: Reese’s PB cups!
Though these cookies look intimidating to make and design, they are extremely easy to prepare. Both kids and adults will be amused as they take a bite of an adorable spider with googly eyes. They will even be more amused with the flavorful chocolate and peanut butter flavors, making it perfect for your next Halloween party.
5. Pumpkin Cake Pop
Looking for a very quick snack filled with flavor and perfect for autumn? These pumpkin cake pops only use three ingredients and take 15 minutes! Not only that, but these cake pops are refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.
You will only need coconut flour, pumpkin puree, and your sweetener of choice to make these. Add some cinnamon for more of a warm spice taste and dairy-free chocolate chips if you’re looking for something a bit sweeter and chocolatey. Bake for a few minutes and they’ll be ready to pop in your mouth in no time.
6. Roasted Butternut Squash
Let’s go for a savory snack this time, with this simple roasted butternut squash recipe being one of the simplest yet appetizing dishes that can be a healthy snack, side dish, or meal.
A huge plus with this recipe is how easy it is to make, you don’t even need to peel the butternut squash. You only need three ingredients to create this snack, which is vegetarian-friendly and loaded with health benefits. Butternut squash is high in potassium and loaded with fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants!
7. Pumpkin Snack Mix
This snack mix is almost effortless to make and would never last long because of how good they taste. It’s a fantastic movie marathon snack to munch on because there is more variety than your typical bowl of popcorn. Plus, you’ve got a mix of sweet and savory, with cereals, popcorn, salted peanuts, and candy pumpkins.
This snack mix can also be good trail food as it gives you the energy to keep you going until you reach the peak. If you want to make it healthier, you can omit the butter and lessen the amount of light corn syrup.
8. Spinach Dip
Get your greens in without feeling like you’re eating veggies with this smooth and rich spinach dip recipe. It’s warm, cheesy, and creamy, everything you want from your spinach dip.
It only contains 99 calories per serving and 6 grams of total fat compared to other more calorific and fat-laden spinach dips! That’s because instead of using your usual mayonnaise, you’ll be using nonfat Greek yogurt and low-fat mayo. Don’t worry, you still have a fair share of Parmesan and mozzarella for the gooey, cheesy flavor you savor.
9. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
Think of this as a drinkable pumpkin pie! Though it’s a cold, refreshing smoothie, the warm spices from the pumpkin and other fruits will tickle your autumn-loving soul.
It only takes a handful of ingredients you’ve probably already stocked in your pantry, your handy blender, and a few minutes. After that, you’ve got your major fix of protein that satisfies your sweet tooth, too. It’s a win-win!
This smoothie has a creamy consistency and the right amount of sweetness, only using a teaspoon of honey and getting its sugar naturally from the fruits included in the recipe. Speaking of fruits, this smoothie includes banana and apple, which are rich in vitamins A and C that help with your eyes and immune system!
10. Owl Cupcakes
This is another excellent recipe perfect for Halloween or to make with the kids. They are gluten-free and dairy-free, accommodating various diets. Also, they are so easy to do, you just need boxed cupcake mix and popular treats to decorate the prepared cupcakes with.
You can even make a whole family bonding session out of it as you have your kids decorate their own owls!
11. Pumpkin Pie
Who can forget the superior Thanksgiving dessert, the pumpkin pie? Nothing screams “autumn” like a big slice of pumpkin pie to end a splendid meal with.
Fortunately, you don’t need to feel bad for having a serving of pie (or two) with this recipe! It’s secretly healthy and you can impress your guests with this beautiful, delectable dessert while showing off how you made it. They’ll be surprised because it tastes just like anyone’s favorite pumpkin pie.
Low in sugar, and free from eggs, gluten, and dairy, anyone can have a big piece and indulge. Adding to that, you can even make the pumpkin pie vegan and paleo, and allergy-friendly with simple ingredient swaps.
12. Clean Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon is another warm spice popularly used during the fall season. Whether it’s a sprinkle of it on your latte or a few teaspoons on desserts, this spice has a strong and slightly woody, earthy flavor that goes so well in many dishes. That’s why there’s a whole pastry dedicated to this versatile spice, and that’s the infamous cinnamon roll.
This cinnamon roll recipe is considered clean because they don’t have any refined ingredients. It uses whole wheat flour, coconut sugar, and less butter than the traditional recipe. No one will presume these are vegan and low in fat and calories.
13. Fall Harvest Snack Board
Charcuterie board but make it autumn-themed! This is a festive snack board that suits the cool season perfectly, whether you’re enjoying it yourself or with friends during your next dinner party.
This nutritious snack board is filled with everyone’s favorite fresh fruits, crackers, caramel dip, and, who can forget, yummy cheese. It takes mere minutes to assemble and everyone will definitely want to take a photo before devouring everything.
14. Pumpkin Oat Cookies
This is another recipe that tastes just like your classic pumpkin pie but is made more nutritious with rolled oats, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and less sugar. These cookies make a terrific snack if you’re looking for something to fill you up or energize you, whether it’s for exercise, work, or as a yummy treat while enjoying a break.
Plus, the cookies are made easy and healthy as they only use three ingredients and are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and if desired, sugar-free!
15. Apple Nachos
Here’s another new way to enjoy your apples, especially if you love nachos! Instead of nacho chips, you’ve got fresh apple slices with a mouthwatering date caramel sauce to replace the cheese.
It’s nachos but sweeter, and almost similar to a favorite festival snack: The caramel apple. Top your caramel sauce and apples with a bit of pecan and chocolate chips for added texture to enrich your snack further!