Hello and welcome back to Fanciful Impressions! The fall season has arrived, which is my favorite time of year. The air is brisk, the leaves change colour and there is of course, Halloween! Today on the blog, I thought I would share one of my favorite autumn recipes. There is just something about the crisp air of fall. Along with the vibrant foliage, the weather at this time of year makes life feel that it is a time of new beginnings. Maybe it’s just that lately; my own life feels so refreshing. In between working towards fitness goals and being open to trying new things, the fall weather has been invigorating.
But along with those feelings of optimism and adventure, this time of year has a way of bringing me back to center. It’s a time to get back into the routine and I find myself really getting into a groove of productivity over the past few weeks. While keeping busy and powering through to-do lists can feel fantastic, a busy schedule can sometimes feel overwhelming. When I’m not eating the right foods or getting enough sleep, I know that I’m not at my best. My task list for the day can suddenly seem unachievable. It’s important for me to make sure that I have balanced and nourishing meals ready to go at this time of year.
As the weather gets colder, I also notice that my appetite begins to change. I find myself suddenly craving all those classic comfort foods idyllic for cold weather. I love indulging in a delicious and hearty homemade breakfast during the fall season. It helps fuel each busy and exciting day. This homemade granola is always in my meal planning rotation. While it’s hearty and rich, it is also gluten-free and paleo. It makes for a filling breakfast but is also great to have stored in the fridge for an afternoon snack or for when you’re on the go.
- 3 Apples
- Juice from ½ Lemon
- 1/3 cup each of pecans and walnuts
- ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
- ½ cup coconut
- 1 cup of fresh berries
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tb – 1 ½ tb Cinnamon
- Almond butter, raisins, banana and/or chia seeds to serve on top of the cooked granola (optional)
- Pre-Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
- Chop up apples into cubes (you can choose to leave the skin on/off)
- Chop up cherries (if you use seedless berries, you can actually just toss them in whole)
- Cover a baking pan with parchment paper and add the chopped fruit to the pan
- Sprinkle the fruit mixture with lemon juice, salt and cinnamon (use as much cinnamon as you’d like) and mix together so that the fruit is evenly coated
- Add assorted nuts and seeds, mix together
- Sprinkle entire mixture with coconut
- Bake in oven for about 25 – 30 minutes or until the apples are slightly golden
- Serve with almond butter, raisins, banana and/or chia seeds
- Makes 4 Servings
What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Until next time and thank you for reading today’s post!