Fall is officially here, which means strolls through fallen amber leaves, pumpkin picking, cozy sweaters, and, of course, lots and lots of delicious food. To kick off the season in style, we rounded up the absolute best healthy fall recipes on the internet. Here are our top picks.
Sweet Potato Falafel
These dreamy sweet potato falafels are made of 100 percent natural, plant-based ingredients (they're vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free when using gluten-free oats). The chickpeas and tahini offer a ton of plant-based protein, and they're chock-full of vitamin A from the sweet potatoes. Get the full recipe here.
Almost-Raw Coconut Pecan Bars
If visions of pecan pie dance in your head, you'll want to make a batch of these almost raw coconut-pecan pie bars, which are as nourishing as they are delicious. Even better? With tons of protein and no refined sugar, they're totally acceptable to eat for breakfast. Get the full recipe here.
Curried Cashew Cauliflower Soup
This warming soup is super easy to make (you need no cooking skill and almost no time in the kitchen), rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories (hello, turmeric), and super easy on the digestive system. Get the full recipe here.
Paleo Cinnamon Apple Streusel Bread
This delicious grain-free loaf is sweetened with just a little maple syrup and topped with a cinnamon streusel topping! The refined-sugar-free crumb topping won't spike your blood sugar, and the bread itself is made with coconut flour, which is high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. Get the full recipe here.
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars
These vegan pumpkin spice cheesecake bars are dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free, with plenty of anti-inflammatory, metabolism-boosting spices and fiber, and vitamin-A-packed pumpkin. Get the full recipe here.
Parsnip Kale Salad with Turmeric Cashew Dressing
If you're still in a salad mood come fall, this root-vegetable-studded delight will hit the spot. With perfectly crispy parsnip "fries" and a turmeric-spiked cashew dressing, this salad is surprisingly warming and comforting. Get the full recipe here.
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
This chia pudding truly tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass—except it's healthy enough to eat daily for breakfast (or dessert or a snack or whatever!). With that perfect spice blend and delicious sweet pumpkin, this is entirely sugar- and dairy-free, and super blood-sugar stabilizing. Get the full recipe here.
Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad
In addition to being gluten-free and dairy-free, this hearty salad is packed with polyphenols like anthocyanins, healthy monounsaturated fats, and micronutrients like magnesium. This dynamite nutrient combination lowers inflammation, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Get the full recipe here.
Roasted Spiralized Vegetable and Quinoa Bowl
This quinoa and vegetable bowl looks like fall in a bowl, with swirling reds and oranges. The carrots and sweet potatoes are packed with high levels of beta-carotene, best for nourishing your skin during crisp fall—and improving eyesight! The quinoa gives this dish a complete protein, and the parsnips and almonds offer a lovely nuttiness you'll want to curl up with on chilly Autumn nights. Get the full recipe here.
Pumpkin Pecan Pear Smoothie
This smoothie, designed by a registered dietitian, combines signature flavors of the season with tons of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin A and potassium. Plus, it packs in over 8 grams of blood-sugar-balancing fiber! Get the full recipe here.
Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Garlicky Arugula Cream
This hearty dish is naturally vegan and gluten-free. The sauce is whipped up super quick in the blender with cashew butter, arugula, garlic, and a bunch of pantry ingredients. The sauce makes it feel lush and rich when it's tangled all up in the spaghetti squash strands, but it's totally wholesome all the way through—the perfect healthy comfort food! Get the full recipe here.
Sweet Potato Raisin Bread
This bread recipe is fiber-rich and lightly sweetened with maple syrup and natural raisins. Made with oat flour instead of regular flour and packed with fiber-rich sweet potato, it's a winning gluten-free version of a comfort food classic. Get the full recipe here.
Vegetarian Mushroom Bolognese with Polenta
This is a completely plant-based take on the most comforting Italian peasant food: polenta with ragu. The mushrooms add tons of umami and body to the sauce, while coconut milk makes the polenta ultra luscious and creamy without any dairy. The true secret ingredient, though, is the harissa, which gives the sauce a North African kick! Get the full recipe here.
Cauliflower Chickpea Golden Stew
This hearty vegan stew is packed with protein and sulfuric cauliflower. With a warming flavor profile and tons of inflammation-fighting turmeric ginger, this is sure to be a fall staple—and the fact that it comes together in under 20 minutes doesn't hurt either! Get the full recipe here.
Easy Roasted Delicata Squash
This may be the best (and easiest) way to prepare one of the season's yummiest vegetables. Delicata squash is packed with immune-healthy nutrients like vitamins A and C, as well as bone-healthy mineral manganese, and skin-healthy (it's helpful in making collagen) mineral copper. Use on your salads, as a snack, or as part of any meal. Get the full recipe here.
Cauliflower Carrot Golden Rice
In addition to its deliciousness, this simple, plant-based wonder is also bursting with health benefits. It’s loaded with fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants including beta-carotene, and healthy fats (and it just happens to be vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly). Get the full recipe here.
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
For those fall days when you're craving pumpkin pie (aka every day), reach for this protein-packed smoothie, which is chock-full of ingredients that help to balance blood sugars and fuel metabolism. This smoothie is dairy- and gluten-free and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Get the full recipe here.
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
Little says fall more than a pumpkin spice latte, and this version lets you have all that wonderful, spiced autumnal flavor without the heaps of sugar found in the traditional version. Topped with whipped coconut cream, this is sure to be a cool-weather staple. Get the full recipe here.
Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup
Soup is a fall staple, and for good reason. This slightly spicy, Mexican-inspired version will warm you right up—and it's packed with protein and completely dairy- and gluten-free. Get the full recipe here.
Roasted Squash, Lentil, and Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
This Roasted Delicata Squash, Pardina Lentil, and Kale Salad has a maple-spiked vinaigrette that tastes like fall in a bite! It's vegan but filled with protein and is hearty enough to serve as a salad-y main. Get the full recipe here.
Sweet Potato Tahini cookies
These sweet potato tahini cookies are fluffy and moist, and the sweet potato flavor is just so quintessentially fall. They have zero refined sugar and are vegan and gluten-free so almost anyone can enjoy them (perfect for holiday parties!). Get the full recipe here.
Turmeric & Coconut Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
This delicious plant-based soup is naturally dairy and gluten-free, while also providing many super-food compounds that help to fight inflammation in both the gut and around the body. Get the full recipe here.