Autumn Recipes

Crock-Pot Baked Apples

All the flavors of apple pie without the crust!


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, or 2 tablespoons Stevia
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 Gala or Macintosh apples, cored
  • 1/4 cup water or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  1. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar or stevia, walnuts, butter, and cinnamon. If you don’t want to use walnuts, you could use pecans or go nut-free by substituting with 1/4 cup chopped raisins, prunes, or granola. Another great substitution is 1/4 cup of rolled quick oats moistened with a tablespoon of water before stuffing the apples.
  2. Use a grapefruit spoon that has the sharp edges (or a small pairing knife) and core most of the way through. Leave about 1/2 inch apple left at the bottom. You could remove the skin but it helps to hold the apple together as it bakes – it also adds extra fiber which is always a plus.
  3. Fill the apples with the filling and place them in the crock-pot. Pour the water or cider into the crock-pot around the apples.
  4. Set the crock-pot on high heat and cook 2-1/2 to 3 hours until the apples are soft and begin to collapse. If you don’t have a crock-pot or slow cooker, you can use a 7 x 11 casserole dish or stock pot. Preheat the oven to 350F and cover the pan with aluminum foil. They’ll take about 45 minutes to one hour, adding additional water (about 2 tablespoons) half way through baking. A glass baking dish is also an option, just be sure to lower the heat slightly 5-10 degrees since glass can cause food to burn.
  5. Serve with a scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt or ice cream. You can refrigerate these for up to 3 days, but store them in an air-tight container so they don’t pick up odors from the fridge.

Banana Ghosts

Your little ghosts will love these pops!


  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 4 popsicle sticks or straws
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 pinch of ground vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg
  • 8 chocolate drops or raisins
  • Topping: almond butter or melted chocolate
  1. Cut the bananas in half.
  2. Insert the popsicle sticks or straws in the bananas, and place them on a baking sheet or a plate (it should fit in your freezer).  Freeze the bananas for 30 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix Greek yogurt with maple syrup or honey and vanilla.  Dip the frozen bananas in the yogurt, put them back on the baking sheet and freeze for another 30 minutes.
  4. Add the eyes with the chocolate drops and the mouth with the almond butter or melted chocolate.
  5. Freeze for 2 hours.
  6. Tip: you can also use coconut or other ingredients to decorate.

Witch's Broomsticks

These are an easy Halloween treat that both kids and adults are sure to gobble up!


  • 8 string cheese sticks
  • 24 pretzel sticks
  • Fresh chives
  1. Cut each string cheese stick into thirds (about 1-1/2" each).
  2. Make lengthwise cuts around the cheese stick to about half way up.
  3. In the uncut end of the cheese, insert a pretzel stick.
  4. Bind with a piece of chive.  Cut off excess chive.

Green Apple Monsters

These adorable apple monster faces are super simple to make and perfect for the whole family – especially if you like peanut butter and apples!


  • 3 green apples
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 ounces of sliced cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • A package of candy eyes
  1. Quarter the green apples and slice off the core and seeds.  Carefully cut out a v-shape into the center of the apple quarter to create the mouth of the monster.
  2. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter in the mouths.
  3. Press several pumpkin or sunflower seeds onto the top of the mouth along the edge to form teeth.
  4. Place a triangular slice of cheese into the mouth.
  5. Spread a small amount of peanut butter onto the back of the candy eyes and place them on top of the apple slices.

Spider Crackers

A fun and easy Halloween or everyday snack!


  • Round crackers such as Ritz
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Cream cheese, unsalted peanut butter, or any spreadable nut butter
  • Small dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries, cranberries or even mini chocolate chips
  1. Spread the cream cheese or nut butter on two crackers thick enough to hold the pretzels.  Make sure it is not runny otherwise it will not hold.
  2. Break 4 pretzel sticks in half.
  3. Place the broken pretzel sticks around one cracker to look like spider legs.
  4. Take the second cracker and sandwich the pretzel sticks in between the two crackers, without them moving.
  5. Dip two raisins in cream cheese or nut butter and stick to the top of one of the crackers for eyes.

Snack-o'-Lantern Fruit Cups

A healthy fun snack for Halloween!


  • Oranges
  • Other fruit options of your choice
  1. Slice the top off the orange.  Run a knife around its interior to hollow it out.
  2. Scoop out the orange segments and reserve for filling.  Carve pumpkin face on one side of the orange.
  3. Use a paper towel to gently soak up any remaining juice inside the orange.
  4. Dice up desired fruit, including the reserved orange segments and fill each cup.
  5. Set the lid back on top and serve.