It's hard to save calories during Thanksgiving, especially when your dining room table is full of goodies. Make your indulgences work for you with still-delicious healthy versions of highly caloric desserts. Read on for some of our favorite healthier Thanksgiving desserts, from vegan pies to lower-fat cookies!
Why indulge on empty calories when your dessert can do a little work for you? This high-protein molten lava cake is hiding a muscle-building secret — over 20 grams of protein! The trick is to add pieces of your favorite protein bar into the chocolatey mix, as well as a scoop of protein powder. Celebrity trainer Holly Perkins, who created this recipe, recommends using a lower-sugar protein bar from Promax (she is an ambassador for the brand); this helps keep the sugar levels down.
Who can resist those fun-size candy bars this time of year? If Snickers are your faves but you could do without the hydrogenated oils and refined sugar, whip up this version that's made with a handful of ingredients and vegan, too.
Soft, chewy, with the perfect peanut crunch, these really do satisfy. A real Snickers fun-size bar is about 80 calories, and these vegans bars are 129 and also a bit larger.
What makes this recipe so darn delicious is the fresh almond butter you make minutes before. Don't worry — it's supereasy as long as you have a decent food processor.
Blend the almond butter with maple syrup and whole wheat flour to make a thicker consistency that you can form into a nougat bar.
Make the "caramel" sauce, and smear it over the nougat. And don't forget the signature peanuts on top! It looks good enough already, but of course you've got to coat each bar in deliciously rich, decadent dark chocolate.
If you want to impress your friends with your candy-making skills, keep reading to learn how to make these better-than-the-real-thing vegan Snickers.
Apple-picking is on the list of must-dos for the Fall, but don't pass the perfect pear on by — it's also in season! An excellent source of fiber, pears make a wonderful addition to Fall recipes. So get picking, and whip up one of these healthy dishes.
Baked Pears With Maple Greek Yogurt and Granola
This dish is the perfect way to warm up on a cold morning, and since it's full of fiber and protein, you'll power through until the lunchtime.
Edamame and Pear Crostinis
Make these bite-size snacks, and throw yourself an impromptu party. They may be low in calories — 62 per piece — but they're full of flavor and protein.
Curried Sweet Potato Latkes With Apple Pear Sauce
The homemade apple-pear sauce complements these sweet potato latkes perfectly, but you could try it on other dishes, too.
Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp
Combine two of Fall's favorite fruits — apples and pears — to make yourself a sweet treat.
The Glowing Green Smoothie
A healthy mix of romaine lettuce, celery, and spinach, naturally sweetened by fresh pears and apples, this green smoothie is about 150 calories per 16-ounce serving.
Don't ignore your dessert cravings! When that sweet tooth calls for a lusciously decadent treat, feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that'll offer a bit of nutrition and that sweet taste your taste buds lust after — you won't be disappointed!
While it is safe to assume that peanut butter desserts are a dieting don't, we have five recipes to prove you wrong. All packed with nutty flavor and creamy goodness, these desserts are healthy takes on peanut butter milkshakes, cookies, and more. Better yet, they are fitting for vegan and gluten-free diets, too. So, if you're craving the best of both worlds, pick a treat and consider it done. You can thank us later . . .
Peanut Butter Protein Milk Shake
Make this protein milk shake your own dessert swap with additions like cocoa, peanut butter, or flavored protein powders for a sweet treat without the guilt. It's also so satisfying, you'll stay full for hours!
Vegan Peanut Butter Crisp Balls
If you're following a vegan diet and craving a soft and chewy cookie, this no-bake recipe is for you. While they make the perfect dessert, the all-natural ingredients — like crunchy peanut butter, oats, and unsweetened coconut — make up an irresistible snack before or after a workout.
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Crisp Balls
You would never guess that this vegan recipe is completely dairy- and egg-free. It pairs two complementary flavors together, complete with a satisfying crunch, all for under 200 calories per serving. It's a cinch to whip up and makes a delicious after-dinner treat that's surprisingly low in sugar and offers some fiber and protein.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter CookiesIf you've got a hankering for a chewy peanut butter cookie but think you can't have one because of the flour, then this gluten-free recipe will make your day. Full of sweet peanut-buttery goodness, it offers almost three grams of protein per cookie. Plus, these cookies only take 10 minutes to bake!
Frozen Nutty Banana Nibblers
Instead of indulging in ice cream or baking up banana bread, try these frozen nibblers. At only 160 calories per serving (or seven pieces), they are a delicious way to use up ripe bananas and are a go-to healthy dessert whenever your sweet cravings kick into high gear.
Vegans rejoice! This recipe for an ice cream sandwich will knock the socks off the traditional treat. It's fudgy, soft, perfectly sweet, and no one will guess that it's vegan!
Made with a vegan brownie recipe that includes zucchini and filled with vegan ice cream made with bananas, this dessert won't have you missing eggs or dairy one bit, and you'll appreciate that it's lower in saturated fat and contains no cholesterol.
Keep reading to learn how to make this decadent 280-calorie frozen dessert.
What to do with all that gorgeous fruit you came home with after an afternoon of apple or pear picking? Make apple pear crisp, of course!
The soft, cinnamony fruit and crunchy oat topping is a perfect combination, whether you're spending a lazy Sunday in the kitchen or want to wow your friends at their dinner party.
Since it's vegan, it's lower in fat and cholesterol than the traditional dessert, and the pear addition adds a subtle, sweet twist, plus ups the fiber. Continue reading to see how to whip up this decadent Fall dessert.
If you're tired of making yet another loaf of zucchini bread, here's a decadent dessert you can whip up using the garden favorite.
Instead of grating the zucchini, it's pureed, resulting in a smoother consistency. Even the most keen sense of taste buds won't be able to detect that there are veggies in all that chocolatey goodness.
These melt-in-your-mouth moist, rich, and fudgey brownies taste so sinful, you'll be amazed that they're vegan and just over 150 calories. Aside from the fiber, potassium, and vitamin C offered by the zucchini, the dark chocolate is also full of antioxidants.
Keep reading to learn this simple, good-for-you brownie recipe.
Want a creamy, icy treat that's not high in calories or cost? Break your Pinkberry or ice cream habit for these homemade and store-bought frozen yogurt treats that are perfectly portioned to keep cravings in check.
Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes
These look so cute and delicious, you won't want to stop at just one. And since each mini cupcake is only 30 calories, you won't have to! Get the easy recipe for frozen Greek yogurt cupcakes here.
Cool off after an intense workout with these protein-packed ProYo frozen yogurt treats. Each pop contains only 160 calories and a whopping 20 grams of protein, plus they are made of all-natural, GMO-free ingredients.
Grab and go: these Yasso frozen Greek yogurt bars come in several flavors, contain no artificial sweeteners, and are each 80 calories and 7 grams of protein.