In the past, the month of October was the official start of pumpkin season. People would use pumpkins to decorate their homes and to set out on their porches as Jack-O-Lanterns. But over the past few years, the seasonal orange gourd has made its appearance earlier and earlier into the fall season. In fact, pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors have been finding their way into lattes, candles, cookies and other things at the beginning of September, which is way too early!
It’s not that we don’t like pumpkin foods — we think pumpkin-flavored foods are great! We just think that featuring all things pumpkin just as fall is barely beginning is kind of like listening to Christmas music in mid November.
Plus, if we put too much focus on pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg, we’ll miss out on all the other deliciously sweet flavors that October has to offer! — flavors like cranberry, apple cinnamon, pear and maple. We can’t afford to lose ourselves in the pumpkin-spice frenzy and be deprived of the maple!
This is a call to everyone who considers themselves to be a good friend: friends don’t let friends eat so much pumpkin food that they turn into a pumpkin. Instead, friends are there to recommend some of the other delicious flavors that fall brings us. Here are some recipes for autumn-time sweets that aren’t pumpkin spiced.
Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie
Some people say that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, but with this recipe for Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie, you can throw caution to the wind and indulge in some of the best fall flavors.
Pies are huge additions to the fall menu, and Michelle, the baking genius who blogs at Brown Eyed Baker, took the autumn dessert staple and loaded it with baked pears, the tart taste of cranberries and three types of ginger, which crystallize and make for an outstanding crumb topping.
Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Maple Apple Cake
The name of this fall dessert may be more than a mouthful, but after taking a bite out of a slice of Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Maple Apple Cake, you’ll be more than happy to sing praises to its deliciousness! Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama has taken the sweet flavor of maple syrup, every form an apple can take and creamy Greek yogurt to make for a dessert that you’re bound to fall for.
In every slice of this decadent cake, you’ll get a taste of the fall, resulting in happy tastebuds and gratitude to your friend who suggested something other than pumpkin spice.
Cranberry Apple Crisp
If you’re a fan of either of our two seasonal desserts — the Apple Crisp A La Mode or our Peach Crisp A La Mode — you’ll definitely be satisfied with this recipe for Cranberry Apple Crisp from Lauren at Tastes Better from Scratch.
She mixes together bold flavors like vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar and serves up something that can only be described as divine.
Plus, since Lauren has a “scratch is better” attitude, it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of her dessert. We love the made-from-scratch attitude!
Just think: if you don’t step up to the plate and help your friend take a pass on pumpkin spice, they may have to wait until next year to sink their teeth into any one of the recipes we talked about. So when your friend is faced with a difficult dessert decision, just remember that friends don’t let friends eat pumpkin spice.