November 24, 2021
6 Healthier Thanksgiving Dessert Options
Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year we all gather with family and friends to revel in each other’s company and enjoy some favorite foods. After diving in and dining on the turkey, stuffing, and all of the fixings associated with this beloved holiday, you may feel a little wary of indulging in dessert. But don’t pass on saying “pass the pie” just yet! These six healthier Thanksgiving dessert options can give you the opportunity to enjoy a sweet treat, guilt-free.
Read on for some healthy dessert Thanksgiving inspiration that is sure to please everyone at the table.
1. Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Candy Peanut Butter Cups
Not much room left for a big dessert? Reach for these bite-sized mini chocolate pumpkin seed candy peanut butter cups. A healthier — and tastier! — version of peanut butter cups, these delicious drops will melt in your mouth. They’re also loaded with important nutrients. Peanut butter offers protein to keep your body strong, and pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals like zinc (which keeps your immune system strong) and vitamin K.
2. Chocolate-Chip Stuffed Strawberries
Feeling like something fruity? Simple to make, tasty and sweet, chocolate-stuffed strawberries are exactly what they sound like. Strawberries stuffed with ricotta cheese and sprinkled with chocolate chips are sure to satiate your sweet tooth without adding too many calories. These delicious treats offer health benefits, too. Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that can help you stay healthy and may ward off colds during the colder months.
3. Gluten-Free Apple Blueberry Crumble
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Add some blueberries, and your immune system will thank you! This delicious apple blueberry crumble satisfies your taste buds while giving your immune system a boost. Loaded with antioxidants and essential vitamins, these fruits can help keep you healthy over the holiday season. Sprinkling the treat with cinnamon adds extra nutritional benefits — cinnamon relieves inflammation, is beneficial for heart health, and is also known to lower blood sugar levels.
4. Paleo Pumpkin Pie
What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Thanks to this nutritious, delicious, gluten-free recipe, you can enjoy pumpkin pie without the added sugars. This paleo pumpkin pie is made with coconut milk, almond butter, and maple syrup, which means it’s gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and dairy-free. Coconut milk contains antioxidants, and it’s known to balance electrolytes, give a boost to your immune system, and even keep your skin and hair healthy.
5. Pumpkin Biscotti
Biscotti originates in Italy, and who doesn’t love a good Italian treat? These small, crisp, twice-baked treats pack a nutritional punch. Loaded with pumpkin, these treats are rich in vitamins and antioxidants to reduce your risk of getting sick. Pumpkin also contains vitamin A and lutein, which are known to have benefits for eye health. Nutrient-dense, these treats will satisfy your sweet tooth without too many calories.
6. Chocolate-Dipped Clementines
Clementines are popular during the holiday season and for good reason. These sweet fruits are in season from November to February. When dipped in antioxidant-rich chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, they’re sure to wow your loved ones this holiday season. These tasty treats are nutritious and healthy, and each serving has only 44 calories. Plus, clementines have fiber to keep you regular and protein to help you feel fuller, longer.
Which of these healthy dessert Thanksgiving options do you plan to try this year? Let us know!