February 26, 2016

    With Thanksgiving just around the corner, that means an abundance of the 3 F’s: friends, family, and fattening desserts. This holiday season, don’t let the carbs and sugars get the best of you. Still indulge in the festivities and yummy treats, but with a healthy twist. Try some of these alternatives instead of gorging yourself with the traditional fattening pies and cakes.

  1. Apple Cranberry Crisp

    This dessert can be made vegan or non-vegan, but either way will turn out to be a favorite for all ages. It is quick to make and bake, taking about 15 minutes to prepare and only 45 minutes in the oven. Check out this recipe from FitSugar for a low-fat dessert to add to the table.

    Cranberry Apple Crisp
    Image courtesy of Food Family Finds.

  2. Chocolate Walnut Cake

    Chocolate is a favorite by everyone, so it makes a perfect dessert for any holiday. This cake is actually best served after sitting overnight; therefore, giving you more time the day of to prepare other dishes. It has less than 300 calories and only 10 grams of fat per serving. Check out the recipe from Eating Well for the ingredients, steps, and nutritional information.

    Chocolate Walnut Cake
    Image courtesy of Passionate About Baking.

  3. Flourless Honey-Almond Cake

    This gluten-free cake will have everyone asking for seconds. It takes a little longer to cook compared to some of these other desserts, but the outcome is a delicious cake for all. It is low in calories and cholesterol, serving about 10 people. Check out Delish for the recipe, as well as tips and techniques.

    Flourless Honey Almond Cake
    Image courtesy of Cookbook Archaeology.

  4. Coconut Pumpkin Pie

    Pumpkin is a Thanksgiving staple, but there are ways to still enjoy this favorite with cutting some of the calories and sugars that go into most pumpkin desserts. Just a few substitutes for your normal pie can make a huge difference. Try this recipe from She Knows. It uses a different crust and adds spices as substitutes to sugary ingredients to cut the fat.

    Coconut Pumpkin Pie
    Image courtesy of The Chic Life.

  5. Apple Spice Bundt Cake

    Another gluten-free cake with a traditional fall favorite ingredient: apples. This dessert is a little more time consuming and requires a few more ingredients, but tastes great and is extremely healthy. This specific recipe follows the Paleo diet. The recipe and step-buy-step instructions can be found on a Paleo blog called Mom What’s For Dinner.

    Apple Spice Bundt Cake
    Image courtesy of Moonlight Star Cafe.

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