If you’re anything like me, the start of the colder months feels just as magical as waking up on Christmas morning.
You know the feeling. That tingle of excitement in your stomach, that rush of happiness. It’s here! It’s finally here!
Autumn has arrived, and not a moment too soon. The leaves are turning orange and gold, stores are stocking cosy sweaters and chunky boots, and pumpkins are appearing in all the local supermarkets. I couldn’t be happier.
I like to think of myself as a bit of an expert when it comes to curating the perfect autumn Pinterest board. My pinning game is on point, as the kids would say. Do they still say that?
Anyway. Over the years I’ve managed to amass a huge collection of autumnal vegan recipes, and I thought it might be helpful to share a few of my favourites. Some of these I haven’t made yet (but can’t wait to!) and others are tried-and-tested classics.
If you’re searching for a little seasonal inspiration, look no further.
I have a thing for mushrooms pretty much year-round, but the obsession really ramps up during the autumn months. And encasing them in golden, flaky pastry takes it to a whole new level.
If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here eating my bodyweight in mushrooms thanks to Delicious Everyday‘s recipe!
Cauliflower and Potato Soup
There’s nothing better than a bowl of warming, nourishing soup on a chilly autumn day.
This recipe by Ex Sloth is one of my favourites – it’s creamy, delicious and so simple to make. Welcome to soup season!
Maple Toffee Apples
Perfect for Halloween treats, these sweet little toffee apples are almost too pretty to eat!
I said almost. Waitrose have somehow managed to capture the essence of autumn, right on the end of a stick. I’ll take two!
Roasted Thanksgiving Bowl
I live in the UK, so I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. But after drooling over I Love Vegan‘s nourishing harvest bowls, I think I might be persuaded to give it a try!
With creamy mashed potato, perfectly roasted vegetables and a generous dollop of cranberry sauce, this cosy dish is sure to give you all the warm fuzzy feelings of autumn.
Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats
You didn’t think I was going to list a bunch of my favourite autumn recipes without including one of my own, did you?
I don’t mean to brag, but my Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats are officially the best way to start your day. Cinammon, nutmeg, pumpkin and maple syrup? I’m sold.
Wild Mushroom Melts
After reading through this recipe I’ve added ‘forage for mushrooms’ to my autumn bucket list. Failing that, I’ll stick to my favourite mushroom stall at Borough Market!
Switch out the butter and cheese for your favourite vegan versions, and this may just be the most delicious lunch ever. Thanks for the inspiration, The Londoner!
I couldn’t write a post about autumn recipes without including the classic pumpkin pie. And how pretty is this version by The Sasha Diaries?
I highly doubt that I could create something this perfect, but I’m willing to give it a try. Serve with whipped coconut cream for a sweet after-dinner treat!
Sausage and Apple Casserole
This recipe by Lavender and Lovage isn’t actually vegan, but with just a few swaps you’ve got yourself a perfectly plant-based meal.
I swear by Linda McCartney sausages – they come in a range of different flavours (rosemary and red onion are my favourite!) and honestly, taste way better than their meaty counterparts.
I can’t wait to sit down to this on a rainy night!
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
I remember the night I fell in love with this dish. It was during my first trip to Japan in October 2015, and everything was pumpkin-flavored. Even the ice-cream!
We visited an Italian restaurant named Capricciosa one night, and I ordered the pumpkin pasta. From the first bite, I was hooked. Since then I’ve craved it constantly, so I think it’s about time I made my own.
After scouring Pinterest I discovered V Nutrition‘s recipe, which sounds almost identical to the flavours of the Capricciosa dish. Now that pumpkins have hit the stores, I’ll be trying this out. Wish me luck!
Hot and Sour Jackfruit Wonton Soup
This dish by Full of Plants has been on my ‘must-try’ list for the longest time. I cook with jackfruit fairly often, but usually stick to marinading it in BBQ sauce and serving on top of soft tacos.
Wontons are a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m willing to give it a try. From the photos alone, who could resist?
Khao Soi Soup
I’ve been making this dish by Lazy Cat Kitchen on a regular basis for over a year now, and it’s easy to see why.
Warming chilli and ginger paired with butternut squash give this hearty soup a rich, spicy flavour. Perfect for those chilly October nights!
Apple and Cinnamon Bread
Baking is one of my favourite autumn activities, especially when I can incorporate seasonal produce into my recipes.
Thanks to this recipe by Marsha’s Baking Addiction, I can’t wait to turn freshly picked apples from my local pick-your-own farm into a delicious, cinammon-infused loaf!
Yes, another Full of Plants recipe. What can I say? The guy is a food genius.
I’m a big fan of Japanese food, and love finding new ways to veganise my favourite dishes. This version contains jackfruit, so it’s obviously a winner. Serve with a bowl of hot miso soup for the perfect antidote to a grey, drizzly day.
Lentil Mushroom Stew with Mashed Potatoes
How warm and comforting does this meal by Minimalist Baker look? Seriously, I could eat this for dinner every night.
I’m a huge fan of stew, and an even bigger fan of mashed potatoes. Combining the two? It’s genius.
Spicy Sausage Rolls
Sure, you could buy them pre-made. But vegan sausage rolls taste so much better when you make them yourself.
That’s where the lovely folks at Great British Chefs come in. This recipe is simple and delicious, and always yields perfectly moist and flaky rolls.
Personally, I always leave out the cashews and oats. I didn’t have them on hand the first time I tried this recipe, and I fell so completely in love with the taste and texture that I didn’t want to change a thing. Serve with buttery mashed potatoes and peas, and you’ve got yourself the cosiest autumn meal!
Have I managed to inspire you with this selection of recipes? Let me know what you’ll be making this season!