Autumn definitely is upon us here in Calgary. The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping and I find myself craving all things cozy. Cashmere clad, I’ve been pouring over my recipe archives and adding all of our favourite fall recipes to the menu! If you follow along with my socials, you’ve likely seen them trickle into my feeds, but today I wanted to try something different and round up my 20+ Favourite Plant Based Fall Recipes for you here at JustineCelina for easy reference! It’s been so much fun taking a walk down memory lane and digging up my old recipes (and old, pre-professional photos — don’t judge me!) to appreciate just how far I’ve come on my blogging and recipe development journey over the past 3 and a half years!
While I’m always working on something new (currently I have 8 autumn recipes in testing!), I’ve also published so many incredible recipes over the years here JustineCelina — and I’ve scoured my virtual recipe box to share the very best of the season with you! I’ve rounded up my all-time-favourite fall recipes across culinary categories, from breakfast through happy hour. My recipes are free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar and simple, seasonal and packed full of awesome, fresh ingredients — perfect to make after a weekend grocery run or trip to the farmer’s market! If you’re looking for some fresh, plant based culinary inspiration this fall, you’ve come to the right place. From my kitchen (and they kitchens of 10 of my Canadian food blogger buds!) to yours, I hope this roundup inspires you enjoy autumn in all its abundance.
20+ FAVOURITE FALL RECIPES
There’s so much yummy fall goodness to share, so I’m going to jump right in! Find my favourite seasonal fall recipes below, categorized by categorized by meal / type for easy browsing where I’ve included a photo, summary and link to each recipe (along with a Pinterest friendly graphic at the footer for easy reference if you want to bookmark this roundup for later!), as well as some beautiful autumn recipes from my food blogger friends. Enjoy!
Inspired by comfort food, holiday flavours and warming, autumnal spices, these steel cut oats are the perfect way to celebrate fall’s freshly harvested apples. Spend 45 minutes making them and have breakfast sorted for a week or so! This powerhouse breakfast bowl is free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar — and busting with natural sweetness, spices and wholesome nutrition. This reader favourite really does taste just like apple pie!
Another steel cut oat recipe that you can prep on the weekend to enjoy all week long! This seasonal breakfast bowl combines warming spices with my favourite seasonal superfoods. Homemade pumpkin puree subtly flavours the steel cut oats, while a splash of coconut cream adds richness and decadence. This breakfast bowl is a harmonious medley of textures, colours, flavours and aromas — it’s a true delight to the senses!
Seasonal energy bites that combine pumpkin puree with a powerhouse medley of nuts and seeds, oats, shredded coconut, medjool dates and local honey (or maple syrup, if you’re vegan!) with cozy, autumnal spices for a portable dose of pumpkin pie whenever and wherever you need it (they also freeze well). If you have 15 minutes and a well stocked pantry, I bet you can whip these tasty little bites up right now!
An ancient recipe that just made its way to JustineCelina last year, this loaf tastes like a beautifully spiced, indulgent, autumnal cake — I promise absolutely no one will know it’s a ‘free from’ recipe! A mega dose of nutritious, mashed sweet potatoes and decadent coconut milk mix and mingle with fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and allspice to create a dense, cake-like loaf enjoyed by plant baser eaters, people with food allergies and sensitivities and anyone that loves delicious seasonal baking!
My Gluten Free Pumpkin Turmeric Muffins are free of dairy, gluten, refined sugar and oil — and a fantastic way to start your day while sneaking in tons of nutrition, even when you’re on the run! Pumpkin puree, pure Canadian maple syrup, decadent coconut milk, freshly grated ginger and a kiss of pure vanilla combine with warming fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice to create a light and fluffy, plant based muffin to help you power through your day. Enjoy them at breakfast, as a mid-day snack, or as a lighter alternative to more calorie-laden pumpkin-based desserts. This deceptively ‘free from’ recipe and can be enjoyed by plant-baser eaters, people with food allergies and sensitivities and anyone that loves delicious seasonal baking!
SMOOTHIES & JUICES
A quirky seasonal juice combining traditional autumn produce with unconventional ingredients — resulting in sweet, creamy, energizing juice with a spicy, warming kick! Power through busy times with an offbeat fresh juice recipe that includes both sweet potato and cape gooseberries. It’s just what the doctor ordered!
My all-time-favourite juice recipe and the first one I published here at JustineCelina! Sometimes simple really is best. Enjoy this little bit of sunshine in a glass whenever you need a quick dose of vitamins and antioxidants to cleanse your digestive system and rev up your metabolism, or you have a ton of fall apples to use up.
Another delicious fresh juice recipe from way back in the archives, featured on BuzzFeed! A sweet n’ spicy, aromatic juice brimming with a medley of awesome detoxifying ingredients. Perfect for brisk fall mornings while Bartlett pears are in season to kick-start your day!
Another oldie but a goodie! Homemade pumpkin puree (that recipe is also included!) combines with sweet and creamy persimmon and spicy fall flavours of fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It tastes like an indulgent treat, but it’s brimming with healthy, nourishing ingredients!
SALADS & BOWLS
A more recent recipe ideal to enjoy while Kale is in peak season. This nutritious, protein packed, plant based spin on a classic eats like a meal — and I promise no one will know it’s vegan (in a blind taste test, it was praised by meat eaters!). There’s no marinating or planning ahead and it can be on your table in 15 minutes.
This is a classic holiday recipe in our family, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! Eat the rainbow and fuel up on the good stuff during this indulgent time of year — a powerhouse mélange of apples, mandarin oranges, brussel sprouts, shredded beets, roasted acorn squash, toasted walnuts and a tangy Cranberry Dijon Vinaigrette comprise this nourishing holiday salad.
Without fail, this recipe makes it into our weekly rotation (even when sweet potatoes aren’t in season!). It’s also one of your favourites and my most featured. These sweet potato fries are infused with fresh thyme and oven roasted — they come out crisp on the outside and soft and velvety on the inside. Topped off with my Lemon Tahini Sauce (you’ll want to drizzle it on everything!) and pepitas, this is a bright, plant based spin on traditional loaded fries.
Autumn in a bowl! My Autumn Harvest Soup with Roasted Squash Seeds is the ultimate autumn comfort food — hearty, nourishing and velvety smooth featuring squash, apples, carrots, onions and some rhubarb from a friend’s garden (you can’t eat more local than that!).
A luxurious, sophisticated twist on a cold weather classic and a more recent addition to my recipe archives! With just 10 ingredients, this creamy bowl of vegan comfort is a breeze to whip up and makes a great light lunch or accompaniment to dinner.
A fresh, nourishing and colourful pureed soup featuring just 10 ingredients (including seasonings). Enjoy this fun and vibrant medley of colour and flavours on your next cold, rainy day to warm you right up!
Another newer recipe and one I’ve already made twice this season. This vibrant recipe comes together with pantry staples, seasonal produce and minimal effort! Hearty winter squash, brown rice, protein packed black beans, bright cherry tomatoes, sweet orange peppers, yellow onion, garlic and a mosaic of spices infuse a tomato and vegetable stock base with feisty mexican flavour.
My Sumac Roasted Carrot Apple Soup is a fruity, exotic twist on an autumnal classic — where seasonal produce staples of carrots, apples, onion and garlic are generously seasoned with sumac and simple spices, roasted to perfection and pureed with creamy cashew milk, vegetable stock, fresh ginger and zingy lemon. This ultra simple, ultra nourishing, family-friendly fall soup is vegan, gluten and refined sugar free and comes together in just one hour with twelve ingredients, including seasonings!
This is the OG sangria recipe — the one that inspired all the others here at JustineCelina, but surprisingly just made it’s debut here on the blog last year! It’s quintessential red sangria, marrying fruity zinfandel and apricot brandy with festive, seasonal flavours of satsuma, lime, lemon, pomegranate and a hint of cozy cinnamon.
This summer-meets-autumn sip juxtaposes the essence of juicy late summer fruit with a smoky grilled edge, infused with spicy autumnal warmth to create the ultimate transitional cocktail that’s equal parts sweet ‘n spicy. If you still haven’t had your fill of late summer peaches, get your grill on and imbibe this simple but sassy cocktail sure to impress both bourbon lovers and bourbon skeptics. Grilled Okanagan peaches, Smoked Maple Bourbon, 100% pure Canadian maple syrup, fresh thyme, spicy ginger beer, fresh lemon juice, a splash of soda water and a dash of bitters are shaken to perfection and served over ice in this quintessentially September libation!
Recently featured in Country Living‘s 25 Easy Mulled Wine Recipes to Warm You Up This Fall and Redbook‘s 11 Fall Drinks that will Warm You Right Up roundups this sophisticated twist on a classic is sure to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Luxurious flavours of pomegranate and vanilla mix and mingle with robust Zinfandel, clementines, honey, cloves, star anise and a touch of nutmeg to warm you from the inside out!
A hybrid cocktail for my caesar loving winos! The addition of red wine adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the traditional caesar — it intensifies and enriches the flavours much like adding wine to a red pasta sauce or gravy would. If you’re looking for a upscale take on the classic Canadian caesar, this cocktail is for you!
Traditional sangria gets a luxurious makeover in my Sparkling Pomegranate Cranberry Sangria — I’m swapping wine for bubbles and infusing the recipe with flavours of pomegranate, cranberry, orange, and ginger, plus a healthy splash of Grand Marnier to send it over the top. It’s been featured in Brit + Co‘s 14 Herbaceous Cocktails Full of Fall Flavors and You’ll Want These 21 Signature Cocktails at Your Fall Wedding roundups — and was infact one lovely couple’s signature wedding cocktail (thank you for the sweet email!).
My Late Harvest Spiced Apple Sangria combines late harvest riesling with Eau Claire’s Apple Brandy, freshly pressed apple cider and ginger beer with a sweet and spicy trio of Okanagan apples, fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks to infuse this comforting, apple-centric sangria with autumnal warmth. In the spirit of the season to thank you for all your support this year, I’ve teamed up with Eau Claire Distillery, Calgary Farmer’s Market and Rocky Mountain Food & Wine Festival to create the Ultimate Local Foodie Giveaway — including a bottle of limited edition Apple Brandy, 50 Farmers Market Bucks so you can shop for everything you need to recreate this sangria at home while supporting our local farmers and attend Calgary’s premiere food and wine festival, on me (check out the bottom of this post for entry deets!). Wishing all of my Canadian friends the happiest of Thanksgivings — I’m so grateful for each and every one of you!
MORE PLANT BASED FALL RECIPES FROM MY FOOD BLOGGER FRIENDS
If 20 recipes wasn’t enough, I’ve also rounded up the coziest, yummiest, most delicious recipes from fellow Food Bloggers of Canada members that share a similar food philosophy below. If you pop over to check out their blogs, be sure to tell them I sent you!
Cinnamon & Coriander’s Healthy Pumpkin Bars
Cooking in my Gene’s Roasted Tomato Soup
Eat What You Sow’s Harvest Vegetable Soup
Eyecandypopper’s Country Braised Cabbage Soup
Imagelicious’s Instant Pot Cranberry Maple Sauce
My Kitchen Love’s Fall Lentil Salad with Lemon-Shallot Dressing
My Sweet Mess’s Roasted Beet Soup
Phruitful Dish’s Cinnamon Spice Turmeric Pumpkin Seeds
Satori Design for Living’s Spiced Apple Cider
The Unconventional Baker’s Pumpkin Cheesecake
PIN MY 20 FAVOURITE FALL RECIPES FOR EASY REFERENCE
Thanks for stopping by this weekend to check out my favourite fall recipes, everyone! Please let me know if you liked this recipe roundup — I would be happy to integrate them into my editorial calendar seasonally if it’s something you enjoy.
As always, if you try one of my recipes, please let me know how you liked it — I absolutely love your feedback! Leave me a comment, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I’d love you to hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them — browsing my feed and stumbling on your beautiful recreations is one of my favourite feelings! I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes if you’re looking for more healthy, plant based recipes. I have tons more seasonal recipes coming your way this autumn and I can’t wait to share them with you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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