Autumn food trends are all about capturing the familiar flavors of the fall season while surprising your tastebuds with something new.
While most of us look forward to cozying up with all things pumpkin, that quintessential fall ingredient, there are other seasonal eats worth trying in 2022.
So our roundup of the healthiest autumn food trends has something for everyone. Indulge in these ideas, and you’ll keep your wellness goals on track without succumbing to seasonal treat FOMO.
5 Delicious Autumn Food Trends to Try This Season
Add these fall recipes and autumn food trends to your must-eats:
1. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Save the calories, sugar, and cash by making your beloved pumpkin spice lattes at home instead of grabbing them out.
This delicious homemade recipe from Amanda over at MeowMeix is just 86 calories and 1g of sugar. Compare that to the 380 calories and 56g of sugar in the Starbucks version, and you’ll understand why this recipe is a must-have for autumn.
Plus, this natural version doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients or chemicals. #DoubleWin
2. Pumpkin Cheese Ball
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that this Pumpkin-Shaped Cheeseball recipe doesn’t contain any pumpkin at all.
This recipe isn’t just delicious; it’s loaded with veggies like diced red peppers and green onions. You can also sneak in more veggies by swapping the crackers for veggie dippers like celery sticks, carrots, and radishes.
It’s the perfect autumn dish to bring to a party or tailgate. It’s also fun to enjoy at home as your family gathers to celebrate the season.
On the other hand, if you’re someone who loves everything pumpkin spice this time of year, the next recipe is for you.
3. Homemade Pumpkin Fudge
Amanda from MeowMeix also makes an insanely yummy pumpkin fudge many of her followers look forward to when autumn rolls around.
You can whip up a batch of this pumpkin fudge with just four simple ingredients you probably already have on hand:
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
- Pumpkin puree
- Almond butter
Even better? It takes less than five minutes to have this decadent, healthy dessert on hand whenever a craving strikes.
To amp up the seasonal flavors, try experimenting with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice in your recipe. You could even drizzle melted stevia-sweetened chocolate over the top to take this fudge recipe to the next level.
4. Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking
As inflation continues to hit grocery bills, many people are adding more vegetarian and vegan options to their menu planning. Meat and dairy have seen the highest price hikes, while veggie-based meals may provide a more affordable alternative.
Seasonal fall vegetables vary depending on your location, so try to eat locally for the best produce. Check out our Ultimate In Season Food Guide for our tips and advice.
PS: The New York Times called mushrooms the “ingredient of the year” in early 2022, so if you haven’t jumped on board, now’s the best time [*]. Thanks to a wet and rainy spring in the Pacific Northwest, many varieties of highly nutritious mushrooms are abundant and affordable [*].
5. Fall Protein Bars
When you don’t have time to make one of the autumn food trends on this list, you can always grab a fall-inspired protein bar and savor the season’s flavors the easy way.
This Snicker Doodle protein bar -- which is bursting with dreamy autumn flavors like cinnamon and vanilla -- only contains five whole-food ingredients. It’s also loaded with 18g of protein, so it’s a fantastic, filling fall snack you can enjoy on the go.
If you’re living the plant-based life, kudos to already nailing one of our autumn food trends! We think you’ll dig our Sunflower Cinnamon protein bar.
This nut-free five-ingredient bar is made with sunflower butter, cinnamon, and a hint of vanilla. It delivers 15g of hunger-satisfying pea protein whenever you need it.
Give These Autumn Food Trends a Try Today
Whether you’re Team “All Things Pumpkin” or prefer just a hint of fall flavor, these autumn food trends are worth trying in 2022.
Not only will you save yourself the sugar and chemical ingredients of traditional versions, you’ll also be able to celebrate the season without sabotaging your health goals. You might also pick up a few new favorite recipes to add to your meal rotation.
🍂 Hungry for more fall treats? Check out our roundup of 9 Delicious and Decadent Healthy Fall Treats to Enjoy All Season Long next!
Author: Devan Ciccarelli