Autumn Cooking

Mmm I say with zero hesitation that I absolutely love the tastes and smells of the autumn season! Every year our mom would make a fresh pot of apple cider and the delicious aroma of mulling spice would fill the house.  With the abundance of apples lying around my apartment I decided to recreate that yummy smell and make some homemade applesauce!

But oh it did not stop there ladies and gentlemen; I also made my some Almond PB Hot Chocolate and a Pumpkin Spice Steamer.  Perhaps I went a little bit overboard but hey, what else am I going to do on my weekend off?

Banana Cinnamon Applesauce

  • 8 Apples
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 1/3 cup Apple Juice
  • 2/3 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • ¼ cup Crasins
  • *Sweetener (Optional)

Peel and dice the apples and place them in a large pan.  Mash half of the banana, dice the other half, and add to the pan.  Stir in apple juice, 1/3 cup of milk, cinnamon sticks, seasonings, and craisins.  Heat, covered over low heat for about 25 minutes.  Stir and lightly mash every so often and add the last 1/3 cup milk as the mixture thickens.  After cooking allow the apple sauce to cool with the lid on for about 8 minutes before removing and adding the optional sweetener.

*Depending on the ripeness of your banana you may not need the sweetener.  I personally thought it was fine without but if your looking for more of a dessert, sweeten away!

Peeling and chopping apples is definitely time consuming but it ends up being a labor of love when you get this yummy result ->

You can choose how chunky you want your applesauce as it cooks.  If you want it smoother mash up the apples more or you can transfer it to a food processor and puree. I like the texture difference though when the apples are less mashed!

Get ready to snuggle in front of the fire with a blanket after you make these next recipes because that’s where your feet will take you so they can match the comfort in your belly! You may also want to clear your schedule for a quick nap, just sayin.

Almond PB Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Steamer

  • 8 oz Almond Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon Maple Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • Dash of Nutmeg
  • Sweetener to taste

For both recipes, steam or heat up milk then combine with other ingredients. It’s as easy as that!

As always, let us know what you think or if you have any requests for us! After your nap of course =) enjoy!


What is your favorite part of Fall? The amazing weather, or maybe the changing leaves? 


5 thoughts on “Autumn Cooking

  1. Once again you amaze me with your culinary skills. With the rainy autumn weather that engulfed our area today, I appreciate the boost my senses took on as you described your yummy applesauce and apple cider. Thanks for the memories and for giving all of us one more reason to love apples!

    • Deb (i.e. Mom) -> We figure just because Mother Nature skips over the best season of the year, that doesn’t mean your kitchen has to as well! Thank you for reading and let us know if you have any requests!

  2. I love apples for sure. Just bought some and ate one before getting on the computer!! I think your recipe sounds wonderful but you know your Aunt who HATES to chop and cook but would love to eat like you both! How about quick vegan meals too? Not so time consuming that I wouldn’t mind putting together LOL! That would be a awesome book to publish…quick vegan meals. I don’t think there is any out there!!! Money maker!

    • I’m glad to see your interest Michelle!! We totally get where your coming from, sometimes you are just too darn tired to spend your hard earned free time in the kitchen. Though Charissa and I are notorious for our long hours in the kitchen, we will definitely work on some quick and easy recipes that even the culinary challenged or time crunched readers can recreate =) Thank you for the suggestion!

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