By ALLIE MYSZKA
With the rain and high humidity — albeit slightly lower temperatures — many are still waiting for the crisp, clear weather that defines fall.
But maybe, just maybe, if we all jump headfirst into cooking with the universal flavor of fall — pumpkin — we’ll be rewarded with changing weather sooner than usual. Sure, it’s a long shot, but we can try, right?
None of these easy pumpkin recipes require firing up the oven, so you’ll get all the flavor and fall nostalgia of pumpkin goodies, but none of the heat from baking. Bring on the pumpkin—and the cooler temperatures, please!
1. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (photo via Cincy Shopper)
If you can’t beat the heat, just take advantage of it! When it’s still in the 90s outside, there’s no better way to enjoy pumpkin flavor than with homemade pumpkin pie ice cream. With
only five ingredients, it’s easy to make and tastes just as good as a fresh-baked pie. If you’re missing the crust from a regular pie, just add graham cracker crumbs on top of your ice cream.
2. Pumpkin Dip (photo via Deliciously Sprinkled)
Caramel apples are a fall staple, but what about something different? Dip your apples into a pumpkin and cream cheese concoction that’s easy to make — and a lot less sticky.
3. Pumpkin Protein Smoothie (photo via Love Grows Wild)
In the mood for a pumpkin-y breakfast or post-workout snack? Try a pumpkin protein shake.
Sweetened with honey or agave nectar, this treat is guilt-free but still infused with delicious fall flavor. Plus,
you’ll get in a serving of fruit!
4. Creamy Pumpkin Soup (photo via The Salty Marshmallow)
Hot soup isn’t all that appealing while it still feels like summer outside. But in the off chance that a cool night comes around soon, this recipe is perfect for an easy autumn-inspired dinner. Who says pumpkin is only for dessert, right?
5. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pumpkins (photo via I Heart Naptime)
OK, OK, you caught me: this recipe doesn’t actually have pumpkin in it. But it does have
chocolate and plenty of cuteness!
Nothing can get you in a fall mood like bright orange snacks, and sometimes you just need a chocolate fix. Recruit the kids and make a batch of these to much on for a weekend.
6. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup (photo via Our Pretty Little Girls)
Yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks have become the ultimate fall cliché. Yes, they’re still delicious. But yes, they’re also expensive!
Skip the drive thru and make your own pumpkin spice coffee syrup! This recipe works well with hot and cold coffee, so you can use it in your iced concoctions until we get some real fall weather around here.
And hey, even if we have to wait until November for it to cool off (we do live in the South, after all), at least you’ll already be in an autumn state of mind when the crisp air and falling leaves finally arrive!
Allie Myszka was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.