I know for many people their weakness is sweets, especially when it comes time for the big Thanksgiving meal! I mean, who doesn't love pecan or pumpkin pie!
Did you know pecan pie on average has over 500 calories and 27 grams of fat? Yikes is right!! I knew there has to be a middle ground, so I went researching for some healthy alternative desserts, and boy was I in luck!
Here are some healthy Thanksgiving desserts:
Sweet Potato Pie
A great way to get the taste of pumpkin pie is to make a sweet potato pie instead! The majority of the sweetness is coming from the sweet potato instead of added refined sugar. Once you take a bite, you actually might be converted to a sweet potato pie lover instead of the classic pumpkin pie!
One slice comes out to 240 calories compared to an average pumpkin pie slice with 323 calories.
Paleo Pumpkin Bread
You might be tempted to pass over this paleo pumpkin bread recipe, but give it a chance because not only does it taste like normal moist pumpkin bread, but it is much healthier. It comes out at 156 calories per slice, which is a pretty good deal when it comes to dessert! You simply use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or butter, and a mixture of coconut and almond flours in place of white flour.
This recipe is for you ladies out there who want to be in the kitchen for the least amount of time as possible! All you have to do is chop apples, mix the other ingredients together and top the combo with oats. Put it into the oven for 25 minutes and you have yourself a delicious Thanksgiving dessert!
Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Shakeology Cups
Now, this isn't one of your typical Thanksgiving desserts, but when you add in the pumpkin, it automatically gets put into this category! Each cup is less than 100 calories and takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish. Give this classic candy a twist with the pumpkin puree!
I hope these healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes are helpful for your family this holiday season! I know I'm looking forward to trying out the sweet potato pie to see if my boys can even tell a difference!