30 Oct 5 Healthy Fall Desserts
By Toby Amidor, MS, RDN
It’s finally starting to feel like fall in New York. While the leaves haven’t quite changed color yet, the temperatures are starting to drop. I’m ready to pull out my sweaters and boots from storage and whip up some delicious fall-inspired desserts. But although I love to bake, I don’t love all of the calories in my favorite fall treats. Luckily, my fellow dietitian bloggers have created these better-for-you fall desserts that won’t weigh you down.
As soon as September hits, pumpkin spice (and everything nice) is pretty much everywhere you look. Why spend $5 on a syrupy latte when you can make this one at home? This recipe combines low-calorie ice cream, coffee and pureed pumpkin to bring you a frozen pumpkin spice latte. Even though it may be getting cooler, I’ll gladly dig right into this frozen treat.
I love a good apple crisp, but the “crisp” part is usually made with copious amounts of butter and sugar. This nice twist on an unhealthy favorite contains absolutely no butter and still tastes like a warm apple crisp. The topping is a mixture of brown sugar baked oats and slivered almonds, and the apples are roasted with some pears and warm fall spices. This is so healthy that you can even eat it for breakfast!
There’s something about thumbprint cookies filled with a simple jam that screams fall. These cookies are completely sugar-free, and they contain healthy ingredient, like whole wheat flour, flax and oats. Topped with a little jam, they are a nice mixture of savory and sweet.
Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread (pictured above)
You know what’s better than banana nut bread? Pumpkin banana nut bread! This bread is gluten-free and is made with a few simple ingredients, like bananas, pumpkin, oats, walnuts and maple syrup. It’s not loaded with sugar or fat, so you can have it any time of the day without feeling like you need a nap afterwards.
Even though fall is all about apples, pumpkins and cinnamon, a girl just craves chocolate every once in awhile. These dark chocolate cups are filled with not-too-sweet ricotta and cocoa cream and topped with pomegranate arils. They are portion controlled and don’t even require turning on the oven.