Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you can’t find some healthy dessert ideas for Thanksgiving. Like most people, chances are you’ve overindulged this holiday season. But what if I told you there was a way to enjoy dessert on Thanksgiving that was actually relatively healthy compared to high-fat counterparts? Check out these seven simple healthy dessert ideas for Thanksgiving. No matter how much you ate this year, you’ll definitely have room for these desserts!
Everyone knows that pumpkin pie is one of the most popular healthy dessert ideas for Thanksgiving. But pumpkin pie ‘pudding’ is a new take on a Thanksgiving classic that’s still very nourishing. It has all the goodness of pumpkin pie filling minus the starchy and carb-rich crust. If you’re worried about dairy, you can definitely find recipes online that use milk substitutes.
Traditional cranberry sauce is loaded with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other preservatives that can be very damaging to your body. Homemade cranberry sauce is much healthier and surprisingly easy to make in a slow cooker (look for recipes on social media sites like Pinterest or foodgawker). Pair this decadent sauce with low-fat ice cream (dairy-free if you choose) for a guilt-free Thanksgiving dessert.
Apples are a fantastic dessert fruit for fall and winter. They can tolerate heat very well, which makes them especially good for baking. Simply remove the core of a bunch of apples and fill them with cinnamon, raisins, and a dash of honey. Bake them until they're soft and can be eaten with a spoon.
Chocolate dipped strawberries are one of the easiest, but most overlooked healthy desserts for Thanksgiving. All you need to do is melt your favorite chocolate over low heat to make a yummy sauce. Use dark chocolate instead of milk to get a healthy boost of antioxidants in your dessert. Also remember that you don’t have to limit yourself to eating only strawberries. Pineapple, apples, even whole grain graham crackers are all good options!
Poached pears might sound like some fancy dessert you order in a French restaurant, but they’re actually really easy to make. Simply poach them in your favorite liquid. Some great options are watered down apple juice and even diluted cranberry juice (the pear will absorb the cranberry hue for a festive dessert). Pears pair especially well with robust, sharp cheeses. Blue cheese, gorgonzola cheese, or even feta cheese are all great choices.
Store bought and conventional muffins are loaded with refined oils and added sugar. On top of that, most muffins are oversized and much larger than a true portion, making you more likely to overeat. Try making your own mini muffins for instant portion control. Flavors like apple cinnamon, pumpkin, or even corn muffins are all great for the Thanksgiving season. To make your treat extra special, drizzle your muffins with raw nut butters that have been warmed slightly and top with raw coconut flakes or dark chocolate chips.
Chocolate mousse is always regarded as a decadent dessert for special occasions. And what occasion is more special than Thanksgiving? Try one of the hundreds of online recipes that use dairy substitutes instead of milk, and stevia instead of sugar. There are even recipes for raw mousse that’s made with raw cacao powder and loaded with antioxidants. Remember to pair your mousse with fruit for additional nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin C. The fiber will also fill you up so you’ll be less likely to go for seconds.
Thanksgiving desserts can be both healthy and delicious! What are some of your go-to healthy desserts for Thanksgiving?