Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

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There are plenty of delicious and healthy Thanksgiving desserts that you can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we all love desserts. But why not have delicious treats that are also healthy?

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday for food – a time when we gather with loved ones to indulge in a bountiful feast of traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipes.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of delicious Thanksgiving desserts, so you don’t have to compromise on taste when celebrating this special holiday.

Get ready to indulge guilt-free and enjoy the festive season without compromising on taste.

Let’s dive right in and discover some mouthwatering delights!

Pumpkin pie slice on white plate and small pumpkin decorating the table.

Thanksgiving Pies

  • Pumpkin Pie: is a classic Thanksgiving dessert perfect to make-ahead. Made with pumpkin puree, spices, eggs, and sweetened condensed milk. It is typically served with whipped cream or ice cream.
  • Pumpkin Pie Bars: These bars are made with a gluten-free crust and a creamy pumpkin filling that’s sweetened with maple syrup instead of sugar. They’re the perfect way to get your pumpkin pie fix without all the calories and fat.
  • Pecan Pie: is another popular Thanksgiving pie made with pecans, sugar, butter, eggs, and corn syrup. It is a rich and decadent pie that is often served with whipped cream or ice.
  • Sweet Potato Pie: is a Southern favorite made with sweet potatoes, spices, eggs, and sweetened condensed milk. It is a bit lighter than pumpkin pie and has a slightly nutty flavor.
  • Apple Pie: is a classic American dessert made with apples, sugar, cinnamon, and spices. It is typically served with a lattice crust or a crumb topping.
  • Cranberry Pie: is a tart and refreshing pie made with cranberries, sugar, and spices. It is often served with whipped cream or ice cream.
  • Lemon Meringue Pie: is a light and airy pie made with lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and meringue. It is a classic dessert that is often served for special occasions.
A slice of Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake topped with whipped cream.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Desserts

  • Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake: Dump cakes are one of the easiest and most delicious desserts you can make. This pumpkin pie dump cake is no exception. Perfect holiday dessert!
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake: is a rich and creamy dessert made with pumpkin puree, cream cheese, eggs, and spices. It is often served with a graham cracker crust.
  • Pumpkin Roll: is a light and fluffy dessert made with a pumpkin cake roll filled with cream cheese frosting. It is often served with a dusting of powdered sugar.
  • Healthy Pumpkin Cookies: These soft and healthy pumpkin cookies are thick, cakey, and packed with delicious pumpkin spice flavor.The cream cheese icing is delicious, but the cookies are equally wonderful on their own.
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies: are a delicious and fun dessert made with two chocolate cookies filled with pumpkin filling. They are perfect for a party or a potluck.
3 jars of Chocolate mousse topped with fresh raspberries.

Thanksgiving Chocolate Desserts

  • Chocolate Mousse Pie: is a rich and decadent dessert made with chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and a chocolate cookie crust.
  • Chocolate Lava Cakes are a decadent and impressive dessert made with warm chocolate ganache inside a chocolate cake.
  • Chocolate Souffle is a light and airy dessert made with chocolate, eggs, and sugar. It is perfect for a Holiday diner party or a romantic dinner.
  • Chocolate Brownies are a classic dessert made with chocolate, sugar, butter, eggs, and flour. They are often served with ice cream or whipped cream.
Baked pears in caramel sauce and spices server on a white plate with a side of vanilla ice cream.

Thanksgiving Fruit Desserts

  • Baked apples: This is a simple and delicious dessert that is made with apples, cinnamon, and sugar. It is a great way to use up ripe apples and is a healthy alternative to apple pie.
  • Peach cobbler: is a Southern dessert made with peaches, sugar, flour, and spices. It is typically served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Berry crumble is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert made with fresh berries, oats, and a crumble topping. It is a great way to use up ripe berries.
  • Fruit crisp is a baked dessert that is made with fresh fruit, oats, and a sweet topping. It is a great way to use up seasonal fruits.
  • Baked Pears with Yogurt Sauce: This dessert is simple to make and packed with flavor. The pears are baked with spices and a touch of sugar. They’re served with a yogurt sauce that’s flavored with honey and cinnamon. It’s a light and refreshing dessert that’s perfect for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin pie ice cream served on a terracotta cup on a white table. Healthy Thanksgiving desserts.

Thanksgiving Ice Cream Desserts

  • Cranberry-Orange Sorbet: This refreshing sorbet is made with fresh cranberries, oranges, and a touch of honey. It’s a light and flavorful dessert that’s perfect for a hot day.
  • Greek Yogurt Ice Cream: is a refreshing and creamy dessert that is made with Greek yogurt, fruit, and honey. It is a good source of protein and calcium and is lower in sugar than traditional ice cream.
  • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream: is a creamy and flavorful ice cream made with pumpkin puree, spices, and cream. It is often served with whipped cream or a dollop of caramel sauce.
Slice of Gingerbread cheesecake served on a plate. Healthy Thanksgiving desserts.

Thanksgiving Cheesecake Desserts

  • No-Bake Cheesecake with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream: This cheesecake is made with cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and spices. It’s topped with a whipped cream that’s flavored with pumpkin spice. It’s a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that’s perfect for Thanksgiving.
  • Eggnog Cheesecake: is a creamy and custardy dessert made with eggnog, cream cheese, and spices. It is often served with a graham cracker crust or a gingersnap crust.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake:is a classic Thanksgiving dessert that is made with pumpkin puree, cream cheese, eggs, and spices. It is often served with a graham cracker crust.
  • Gingerbread Cheesecake: is a rich and spiced dessert made with gingerbread, cream cheese, and eggs. It is often served with a gingersnap crust and a dollop of whipped cream.
Slice of a healthy apple pie on a white plate.Healthy Thanksgiving desserts.

Thanksgiving Apple Desserts

  • Healthy Apple Cake: This cake is made with whole-wheat flour, oats, and applesauce. It’s sweetened with honey and flavored with cinnamon. It’s a moist and delicious cake that’s perfect for a healthy Thanksgiving dessert.
  • Apple Pie: is a classic American dessert made with apples, sugar, cinnamon, and spices. It is typically served with a lattice crust or a crumb topping.
  • Apple Crumble: is a classic dessert made with apples, oats, and a sweet topping. This version is made with whole wheat flour, oats, and a touch of maple syrup for a healthier twist.
  • Baked apples: are a simple yet delicious dessert made with apples, cinnamon, and sugar. They are a great way to enjoy the flavors of autumn.

Other Dessert Recipes

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Pumpkin pie slices on white plate and small pumpkin decorating the table.
Yield: 12 servings

Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Try one of these healthier Thanksgiving desserts - this delicious pumpkin pie is super easy to make and you can even make it ahead of time.

Ingredients

For the Pumpkin Pie:

  • 1 9-inch unbaked pie crust (deep dish), homemade or store-bought
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 15-ounce can canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 12-ounce can evaporated milk

For the Caramel Pecan Topping (optional):

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).
  2. Get the pumpkin pie crust, use the 9-inch unbaked pie crust (deep dish), store-bought.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves.
  4. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the eggs until just broken up. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well until everything is combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture while stirring constantly. Stir in the evaporated milk until everything is blended together and smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425°F (218°C). Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C) and continue baking for an additional 45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. If desired, make the caramel pecan topping while the pie is baking. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter over medium-low heat. Cook until everything is combined and bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped pecans and vanilla extract.
  8. Once the pie has finished baking, remove it from the oven and let cool for about an hour before topping with the caramel pecan mixture. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 290Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 45mgSodium 226mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 3gSugar 27gProtein 5g

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