October is here and we are finally in the season where the trees on campus turn vibrant colors and the weather turns cool. Fall is the perfect time to try out new recipes and treats as well as explore Spokane to find the best fall foods while the weather is sunny, beautiful and crisp.

Here are five recipes for fall weather that will keep you cozy while curled up on the couch and warm while outside enjoying the crisp fall weather:

Apple Cinnamon Crepes

Crepes are a fun treat that are delicious year-round. This treat can be spiced up with fall toppings for a perfect fall breakfast or dessert. 

Ingredients:

½ cup water

½ cup milk

1 cup flour

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

Simply combine the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir. Next, pour about ¼ cup of the batter into a large pan and tilt the pan around until the batter is covering the entire pan. When the first side is cooked, flip the crepe, remove from the pan and add toppings. Top with softened apples and cinnamon for a perfect fall treat. 

German Apple Pancake

 The German Apple Pancake is a delicious breakfast or treat that you can easily make in your house, apartment or dorm kitchen. 

 Ingredients:

 Pancake:

 3 large eggs

1 cup milk

¾ cup flour

½ tsp salt

⅛ tsp nutmeg

3 tbs butter

Topping:

 2 apples, sliced and peeled

3 tbs butter

2 tbs sugar 

First, preheat a cast iron skillet in the oven at 425 degrees. Then, blend the eggs, milk, flour, salt and nutmeg in a blender until smooth. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add butter, then place it back in the oven until the butter is boiling. Remove the pan and pour the blended batter into it. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. 

While your pancake is in the oven, stir apples, butter, and sugar in a skillet on medium heat until the apples are tender. When your pancake is done, pour the topping mixture into the pancake and enjoy.  

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The pumpkin spice latte is one of the first things that many of us think of when thinking of fall foods and drinks, and although the pumpkin spice latte is most popular at Starbucks, this fall you can save your bulldog bucks and make it on your own.

Ingredients:

 2 cups milk

2 tbs pumpkin puree

1-3 tbs sugar

1 tbs vanilla extract

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

½ cup hot coffee

Stir the milk, pumpkin puree and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat until hot. Remove the saucepan from the stove and stir in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and coffee.

You can add whipped cream and more pumpkin pie spice on top. Drink to wake you up in the morning before class or while you are studying. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This bread is a wonderful treat that you can have for breakfast or as a late night snack during the fall months. It is a classic fall treat that can be made with the chocolate chips or with cranberries for a healthier option. 

Ingredients:

1 ⅔ cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 tbs cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of nutmeg

1 cup pumpkin puree

½ cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup chocolate chips

Stir the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, sugar, salt and nutmeg all together, and stir the pumpkin, butter and eggs in another bowl before adding the chocolate chips or cranberries.

Next pour the two mixtures together into one bowl, then pour into a pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour and you have finished your pumpkin bread.

Apple Cinnamon and Peanut Butter 

Energy Bites

Energy bites are a perfect snack to eat between classes or as part of your breakfast, and are healthy and easy to make. There are many ways to make energy bites, but here are two ways that you will be sure to love this fall.

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites 

Ingredients:

2 cups oats

¼ cup flax seed or chia seed

¾ tsp cinnamon

½ cup almond butter

¼ cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped apple

Peanut Butter Energy Bites 

Ingredients:

2 cups oats

1 cup peanut butter

½ cup honey

½ cup chia seed

Chocolate chips or cranberries

All that you need to do for this recipe is combine all of the ingredients together into a large bowl, stir and then place the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes. Next, scoop out small sections and roll into balls, and they are ready to eat. 

Best Places to go in Spokane for Fall Treats

If you are lacking kitchen supplies or don’t have the time to try out some of these fall recipes, there are many places throughout Spokane that you can go for some fun fall treats or comfort food.

One of the best places to go this fall is Green Bluff, where you can pick your own fruit and pumpkins that you can either use in your recipes or simply enjoy. Green Bluff also has several fall baked goods to try such as huckleberry pie, apple cider and pumpkin donuts. You can try these foods while you appreciate the beautiful fall weather and walk throughout the orchards.

Another wonderful place to find fall foods and treats is Hello Sugar, where they serve seasonal mini donuts and coffee. They serve pumpkin lattes, caramel apple ciders as well as fall flavored donuts at several different locations.

Arctos Coffee is a favorite coffee shop of many Gonzaga students, and is one of the best places to go for some fall flavored coffee. Along with their classic lattes and coffees that are served year round, they now have a “pumpkin pie,” “autumn glow” and “sweater weather” coffee for you to try this fall.

Fall is the perfect time to try out these wonderful Spokane businesses, as well as a perfect time to test out your new recipes as you enjoy the beautiful fall months.

Sarah Van Liew is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @Sarah_vanliew

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