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Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Options

To help you get ready for Thanksgiving, we’ve given you recipes for main dishes and side dishes. Now it’s time for the fun part: dessert! Here are some healthier Thanksgiving dessert recipes, including one for pumpkin pie. Enjoy!

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Healthier Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • Pinch of pure stevia or 2 tbsp. extra brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup xylitol or sugar of choice
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2-4 tbsp. water

Directions

Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Blend all ingredients together until smooth, then pour into a prepared pie crust (such as the recipe below) in a 10-inch round pan.
  3. Bake 27 minutes, let it cool, then refrigerate at least 5 hours uncovered for the pie to thicken and “set.”

Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add oil and stir. Add water as needed until it just sticks together.
  3. Press evenly into a 10-inch pie pan. Put the crust in the oven and immediately increase the temperature to 350° F.
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

 

Healthy Apple Crisp

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 5 apples
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • Pinch of cardamom

Crisp:

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 350° F. Grease baking dish and set aside.
  2. Peel, core, and dice apples and place in a bowl. Add lemon juice and maple syrup and stir to combine. Sprinkle tapioca starch, coriander, and cardamom and toss to coat.
  3. Pour apple mixture into prepared baking dish and set aside.
  4. In another bowl add oats, almonds flour, and salt and stir well. Mix in coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix with fingers or fork until crumbly. Spread oat mixture on top of apples.
  5. Cover baking dish and bake for 46 minutes, uncover baking dish, and bake for 10 more minutes or until topping browns.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Apple-Pecan Bars

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 18 dates
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup whole pecans
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup whole pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 Gala apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Place all the crust ingredients in a food processor until they are finely chopped and well combined. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8-inch baking pan and press so that it is evenly distributed. Chill the crust in the refrigerator while you prepare the apple topping.
  2. Place a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the whole pecans and toast until aromatic, about 8 minutes. Roughly chop the pecans and set aside.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut oil followed by the sliced apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and pinch of salt.
  4. Cook just until the apples become flexible, about 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow the apples to cool enough so you can handle them.
  5. Arrange the apple slices on top of the refrigerated crust, sprinkle the chopped pecans over the apples, and then drizzle with the reduced apple liquid. Refrigerate the bars until they become firm, about 8 hours. Cut into 12 bars and serve.

 

We hope you have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving with these recipes. For more tips for healthy living, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!

 

 

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