Creating The Perfect Fall Day Three Ways

Let’s Plan a Fall Day!

With the cold weather holding back a while longer, the calendar is filling up fast with fun fall activities. We’re breaking down a culinary trend to bring you fall three ways. These three recipes will help you make the most out of the season, whether you’re on-the-go or cooking for a crowd. Check out the recipes below for on-the-go caramel apple protein bites, mini pancakes with chunky apple syrup, and baked apple donuts!

Be prepared for family outings

Who can say no to the fall-family adventures? Whether you are getting together to decorate the house, making memories at the pumpkin patch, or enjoying that fall sunshine everyone needs a good recharge without a sit-down setting. These On-The-Go Caramel Apple Protein Bites carry easily in all types of weather, and you can make them in minutes? Add these to the trick-or-treating and pumpkin patch trip essentials list. They’re also great for customization, switch out nut butters or protein types for different flavors!

Apple Protein Bites in a bowl

On The Go Caramel Apple Protein Bites

This quick recipe makes 12 bites, so plan ahead and make a double batch! You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup finely diced apples 
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed
  • 1/4 c vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tbs caramel sauce

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Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything comes together. Use your hands to form 1-inch balls. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to head out on your next fall adventure!

These treats are easy to store and a quick fix to those afternoon munchies (before that family dinner is ready).

Bring friends to the table with the perfect fall brunch

Mini Pancakes with Chunky Apple Syrup in a bowl

Fall is the perfect time to make sure everyone can get together before the packed holiday season. The weather allows for both indoor and outdoor settings, depending on the location, and everyone will be excited to dig into the seasonal flavors. Focus place settings with bright pops of orange and reds against muted colors.

When building a fall brunch menu at home, draw on ingredients that are freshly harvested like apples, pumpkin, and squash. These are great produce options that pair well with fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, and thyme.

Need some inspiration? We recommend this recipe for Mini Pancakes with Chunky Apple Syrup! If you aren’t feel something sweet though, this Savory Breakfast Bowl is filling and great for fall produce.

Heat up the oven as temperatures drop

Stay-in and bake some fall favorites. With the weather getting cooler one of the best ways to keep the house warm (without turning up the heat) is to bake. Grab your favorite apron and try out this new fall favorite recipe: Baked Apple Donuts!

These Baked Apple Donuts are a safer and healthier alternative to frying dough in hot oil. No frying also means they won’t go bad after just one day, so save a few on the counter without toppings and pop them in the toaster to reheat.

Check out the recipe below:

Whether you want to spend fall outside roaming through pumpkin patches & sipping on hot chocolate, or you want to lazy day inside. We hope you incorporate these fun fall day ideas!

Baked Apple Donuts

With fresh apples, these baked donuts will be the treat of fall. No frying also means they won’t go bad after just one day.
Created for Stemilt by Grace O’Neil from @thesundaypastry

Baked Apple Donuts


For the Donuts:

  • 1 large Stemilt apple, diced
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • Diced Stemilt apples
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl whisk together milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla and apple.
  4. Fold the wet ingredient mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. Don’t over stir.
  5. Put the dough into a pipping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, spoon the dough evenly into the pan.
  6. Spray the donut pan with cooking spray. Pipe the dough into each donut round in the pan.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the donuts to cool.
  8. Melt the extra 4 Tablespoons of butter and pour onto a plate.
  9. Combine sugar and cinnamon onto a separate plate.
  10. Remove the donuts from the pan.
  11. Dunk each side of the donut into the butter then the cinnamon sugar to coat the donut.
  12. Repeat with the remaining donuts until all are topped with cinnamon sugar.
  13. Drizzle the donuts with caramel and top with diced apples. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 218
  • Fat Content: 7.4g
  • Cholesterol Content: 48mg
  • Sodium Content: 111mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 35.2g
  • Fiber Content: 1.7g
  • Sugar Content: 17.4g
  • Protein Content: 3.9g

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