Pumpkin, apple and maple—oh my! Enjoy the flavors of fall with these delicious and indulgent fall desserts to satisfy any craving. Cozy up by the fire and have one of these seasonal, perfect treats that will bring you the taste of autumn in every single bite.
These guilt-free desserts are not only delicious, but they are also made with perfectly picked ingredients to pack in the nutrition and keep you on track, all while curbing those sweet cravings. Who said dessert has to be unhealthy? Try one of these tasty fall desserts to fill you up without filling you out!
Here are 12 of our favorite healthy fall desserts that you NEED to try:
No need to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy your favorite holiday dessert—and this recipe focuses on only the best part: the creamy, pumpkin filling. You bake it the same way as a traditional pie—minus the unhealthy crust. Top your slice a dollop of nonfat whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice for the full flavor effect. This treat is sure to become one of your all-time favorite fall desserts.
Perfectly spiced and simple to make, this rich and festive treat is bursting with flavor. At only 88 calories per piece, you can pop a frozen fudge square in your mouth, or let it thaw for a few minutes so it’s creamy enough to bite. Just be sure to log it as three Extras on your Numi App. For your next batch of fudge, try this Pumpkin Spice version. >
Step aside apple pie: this decadent dessert is the perfect healthy alternative, made with nothing more than a whole apple, chopped walnuts, raisins, a smidge of butter and spices. Set it in an air fryer for 20 minutes and out comes a soft, baked and beautifully caramelized fruit that’s filled with healthy fats and satisfying carbs. Swap the apple for a pear, if you prefer, for an equally delicious option.
It’s a combo you may not expect, but one that’s worthy of a taste test. Sweet potato, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg provide the traditional southern pie flavor. Nutrient-dense frozen bananas and unsweetened vanilla almond milk blend to create a thick and creamy ice-cream-like treat. Together, you get a refreshing cup of deliciousness that’s high in fiber, low in sugar, and without all fat of regular ice cream. For another autumn spin on a summer favorite, try the Skinny Pumpkin Ice Cream >.
Need a sweet and simple dessert for a holiday potluck? These crazy-good brownies are the perfect pick. Pumpkin puree, mashed banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder and 15 minutes in the oven gets you an impressive confection that’s sure to please your party crowd.
Have whole wheat bread left over from lunch? Turn it into a sweet, low-cal dessert that takes no time to make. Cut the slices into one-inch cubes and toss them into a mug with egg whites, almond milk, cinnamon and a handful of your favorite berries. A few minutes in the microwave and voila—delicious bread pudding for only 127 calories.
No need to crank up the oven: You’re all set with a mug and a microwave to make this tasty cake. Just combine all the ingredients—canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice, nonfat milk, healthy whole-wheat flour, baking powder and vanilla extract into your favorite coffee cup; microwave for a little over a minute, grab a spoon and dig into your personal pumpkin-flavored treat.
The first ingredient is the vitamin-packed, fiber-rich, naturally sweet potato. Next is some satisfying rolled oats, followed by a generous pour of delicious maple syrup. Mix together, bake until golden and enjoy for something sweet and a super-healthy treat. If you’re smart, you’ll make a lot: these are sure to disappear quick once your loved ones get a whiff.
Get all the flavors of your favorite pie, without all the effort of baking. Just combine pecans, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon and extracts; then spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray. One hour in the freezer and the cool fudge squares are ready to eat.
It’s like a sweet bowl of comfort that is made with the best tastes of fall. There’s pumpkin puree, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cinnamon in this version of the classic pudding; the milk is vanilla-almond, and the rice is brown and full of filling fiber. Three hours in the slow cooker, and you’ve got enough dessert for your whole family. Top each serving with maple syrup for an added touch of sweet and pumpkin seeds for crunch.
Rolled oats, banana and cinnamon—that’s what’s in the cookie. Your favorite jelly—that’s what gets spooned into the center circle. Ten minutes—that’s all the time it takes to bake these tasty cookies. Make them in bulk to serve at your next gathering, or store them in an air-tight container to enjoy on your own. Each cookie counts as one SmartCarb.
When you think of your favorite fall desserts, chickpeas is likely not the first ingredient that comes to mind, but that’s the protein-rich base of this delicious pudding. Dates sweeten the mix, cocoa powder brings the chocolate, cocoa nibs add a little crunch, and mint and vanilla provide the sweet flavor combo you’ll love.