Nutrition

Healthy Fall Desserts

Once the leaves are beginning to change color and the days are starting to become much cooler, you can tell that Fall has finally arrived. It’s the time of year when treats are everywhere and it can be overwhelming to fight temptation. Here’s a healthier take on delicious fall desserts:

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Bars: This recipe makes a lot of servings, so you could cut it in half if needed. But it’s a nice delicious fall recipe that can satisfy your sweet tooth! http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/apple_cinnamon_bars.html

Caramel Dip for Apples: I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely obsessed with anything involving caramel and apples during the fall! These recipes can be substitutes for the packaged caramel dip that you find in stores. The first is a vegan recipe that is a lot different from the taste of caramel dip, but just a healthier substitute. The second is a homemade caramel sauce that is free of refined sugars.

http://sometimesiveg.com/2012/02/healthy-vegan-caramel-apple-dip/

http://thehealthyadvocate.com/2011/10/29/apples-with-caramel-sugar-free-all-natural/

Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well this dessert combines the best of both worlds – chocolate AND pumpkin! It uses purred pumpkin in place of the normal fats used in baking, making it a better option for you.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/glazed_chocolate_pumpkin_bundt_cake.html

When it comes to baking there are always other options to make your favorite recipes healthier!

  • Take the salt out! Recipes usually only call for a small amount of salt anyway and it won’t affect the recipe hugely.
  • Use egg whites instead of whole eggs. This will cut down on the calories, fat, and cholesterol in your dessert. Just use two egg whites for every whole egg that your recipe calls for.
  • Find an alternative for the oil or butter in the recipe. You can pick from a variety of fruit purees or even use baby food! Applesauce is one of the more popular options, but you could use anything from prune to pumpkin purees.
  • Smaller portions! Try not to over indulge yourself – I know, it’s hard. But by plating up your desserts in smaller portions you can satisfy your sweet tooth and cut back on those extra calories!

These recipes and tips are sure to put you in a fall state of mind. Happy baking!


By Amber Jones

Photo Source: countryliving.com

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