If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent the past few weeks glued to Pinterest, saving all of those drool-worthy seasonal recipes using apples and pumpkins. And when you’re trying to cook on a budget, those recipes can appear to be an increasingly distant fantasy. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to miss out just because you’re trying to save your pennies. Everyone should be allowed to enjoy these fall dessert favorites, and we’ve got the recipes to help you do it!
We’ve got a few money-saving tricks to help you really enjoy the best fall has to offer:
1) Keep an eye out for sales. Stores know just how popular apple and pumpkin recipes are this time of year, and you can bet many of them will be luring shoppers in with fall sales and promotions. Wait until the time is ripe and stock up!
2) If you’re looking to purchase fresh apples from the orchard, go with friends or other family members and split the cost! Most people tend to leave with more apples than they need, so forcing yourself to split the bounty will help reduce costs.
3) Wait until the hype dies down and then check the clearance aisle. Once stores start looking to push out their stock of canned pumpkin and canned apple to make way for Christmas food, they’ll slash prices in order to move around inventory. Take advantage and stock up—canned pumpkin is good for up to two years!
Apple Pie Recipes
If you’re ready to jump into the fray, then we’ve got a collection of apple pie recipes you’ll adore. We know what you’re thinking, and no, we don’t just have apple pies. We’ve got some of our favorite apple pie-inspired dishes that gives meaning to the phrase “twist on a classic.” Check out some of the recipes we’ve got in store:
Johnny Appleseed Cake: This three-ingredient cake recipe is a budget-friendly dream come true. Plus, it’s so simple to put together, you just might be serving dessert more often.
Upside-Down Apple Pie: Take those fresh apples from the orchard and put ’em to use in this unique spin on a classic apple pie recipe.
Apple Pie Bars: And if you’ve got any fresh apple leftover, these Apple Pie Bars make for a wonderful treat to bring in for your co-workers or to sneak into your kids’ lunches.
Canned Pumpkin Recipes
We love using canned pumpkin to make our favorite fall treats because it’s such an inexpensive way to enjoy the season! Plus, we can stock up our pantry when it’s most convenient, so we have the ingredients handy whenever our cravings strike!
Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake: It’s not quite a pumpkin pie, but we think we like this recipe even more! With under ten ingredients, this recipe is easy to throw together…without being too hard on your wallet!
Pumpkin Spice Bread: We bet you probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already, making this a fall dessert recipe you can’t afford NOT to make!
Pumpkin Scotchies: We bet you don’t see pumpkin cookies lying around, but we can’t see why… they’re some of our favorites! Plus, if you want to save a few extra bucks, skip out on the butterscotch chips and walnuts—these cookies are great on their own, too!
We want to know! What’s your favorite fall ingredient: apple or pumpkin? Let us know in the comments below!