A common dilemma during the holidays is that there is just so much food delicious around that we can’t help but to overindulge. Do you know that the typical Thanksgiving dinner contains around 3,000 calories? And skipping the dessert on holiday isn’t right. Try out these healthier alternatives to your calorie- and sugar-loaded desserts:
Like turkey, pecan pie is a staple during Thanksgiving dinners. However, this pie has one of the highest sugar, calorie, and fat counts of all the pies on your holiday table. Try a new recipe that makes it gluten-free and paleo to lessen calorie count. Even better, bake it like brownies as single-serving bars to eliminate issues of portion control. This recipe uses almond flour, no added sugar, and all-natural ingredients to make it good for you.
Crumbles are a lot similar to a traditional pie, so you won’t upset guests who expect Thanksgiving pie with this recipe. This delicious cranberry-apple crumble pie is made of gluten-free flour, almond milk, coconut oil, stevia, and of course, yummy apples and cranberries. It’s even packed with vegan protein powder to make it healthy enough to be a post-holiday breakfast.
This simple six-ingredient cake is perfect for Thanksgiving if you have a bunch of ripe bananas, but you want to try something new besides the usual banana bread. It’s made from oat flour, cacao powder, almond butter, mashed bananas, and smothered with some sweet maple peanut butter frosting. It’s an indulgent dessert that’s vegan and gluten-free! Top it with strawberries or other berries to make it yummier and more appealing.
Instead of picking up a store-bought cheesecake that’s loaded with sugar and fat, make this easy, better-for-you cheesecake mousse flavored with pumpkin. This recipe tastes so decadent that you won’t believe it’s actually good for you. Instead of cream cheese, this dessert is made of cottage cheese sweetened with stevia. With sugar-free butterscotch, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon all mixed in, it can become a hit at your party.
Tired of serving pumpkin pie every year? Try something different with this healthier sweet potato pie. This recipe contains great alternatives to the usual unhealthy ingredients. The combination of whole wheat pastry flour, almond milk, coconut whipped cream, and of course, sweet potatoes makes a filling winner dessert! Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients, especially vitamin A.
Of course, the Thanksgiving holiday season isn’t complete without anything pumpkin spice-related. This choco chip variety is gluten-free and dairy-free with some savory notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and orange spices to warm your taste buds. It uses a mix of flour alternatives such as tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, and gluten-free flour. The cookies itself are incredibly easy to make, and it creates a fluffy texture that can be irresistible for your guests.
This vegan, gluten-free recipe only needs a few ingredients that don’t seem to go together, but it makes an amazingly tasty dessert to serve your family. It uses almond flour instead of refined white flour, and maple syrup as a sweetener instead of sugar. It even uses aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, as a vegan alternative to egg whites.
Baked donuts are healthier than the typical fried donuts you buy in a store. But these healthy carrot cake donuts taste just as good. Plus, it’s naturally vegan and gluten-free. The donuts are made with gluten-free flour, ground nutmeg, chia, coconut oil, almond milk, maple syrup, and of course, grated carrots. It’s topped with a combination of maple syrup, almond milk, coconut oil, with raw cashews, making it oh so yummy!
Most pumpkins in the holiday season are used for jack-o-lanterns for Halloween in the US, so reserve some for making a yummy dessert. This vegan pumpkin cheesecake has a crust so gingery and snappy, and the filling is so good you can eat it on its own. It’s also made of vegan cream cheese sweetened with cane sugar to make it healthier. Serve it at your holiday gathering and impress your guests, especially those who are conscious of their food intake.
Caramel Apple Ring Pops
Serve a fun-shaped ring pops but not in the form of candy or cake, but a healthier base like an apple. It’s perfect for a sweet yet light Thanksgiving dessert, after eating all that stuffy dishes that can make you full. This recipe only uses four ingredients: apple rings, caramel, dark chocolate, and shredded coconut. You can even alter the recipe by adding nuts, berries, or other healthy toppings.
This is an easy apple pie that’s made with simple, healthy ingredients that are good for you. It’s also a lighter pie that won’t add much bulk to your Thanksgiving food baby. It’s paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, as it uses almond milk, maple syrup, coconut flour, arrowroot flour, coconut sugar, and of course, sliced pear and apples.