Healthy Fall Desserts

Warm up with one of these fabulous dessert ideas that incorporate the cozy flavors of fall. Each of our brownies, cookies, cakes, and pies is low in calories and fat but filled with irresistible autumn ingredients like apples and pumpkin.

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    Apple-Toffee Tartlets

    Refrigerated piecrust makes these fruity fall pastries a cinch. Use muffin cups to shape the dough, then fill with vitamin-rich apples and toffee pieces for a low-calorie harvest dessert that can be frozen for up to 3 months.


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    Caramel Apple Cookies

    Chopped tart apples and apple juice give these low-calorie cookies a double dose of fall flavor. Homemade caramel frosting and a sprinkle of walnuts, which contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, finish the scrumptious dessert.

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    Baked Pumpkin Pudding

    Canned pumpkin isn't just for pies. These individual baked puddings taste like the holiday classic but without the calorie-laden crust. Plus, the dessert features crisp pepitas, which are loaded with vitamins and minerals.


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    Simple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are low-calorie, vitamin-rich, and incredibly tasty. Drizzle the seeds with oil and a sprinkle of salt before popping them in the oven for a crunchy fall dessert topping or healthy harvest snack.

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    Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Custards

    These cozy custards are made with an unexpected ingredient: carrots! Blend the vitamin-A-packed root vegetable in a food processor until smooth, then combine with four common pantry ingredients for an easy 130-calorie treat.


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    Plum Galettes

    Light ingredients like low-sugar marmalade and reduced-fat cream cheese make these gorgeous galettes a healthy dessert choice. Low-calorie sweet-tart plums contribute vitamins A and C to the pretty pastries.

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    Spiced Molasses Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting

    Sticky-sweet molasses transforms ordinary cupcakes into a fall favorite. Reduced-fat cream cheese and marshmallow creme keep the cupcake's tangy frosting fluffy and low in fat.

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    Caramel-Spiced Apples

    Apples are a budget-friendly, fiber-packed fall fruit that only gets better when simmered with cinnamon in your slow cooker. Sugar-free caramel topping makes the dessert extra special.

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    5-Minute Cherry-Walnut Fudge

    Five ingredients and five minutes are all you need to prepare this flavorful fudge that uses semisweet chocolate pieces and sweetened condensed milk as its base. Toasted walnuts and dried cherries add texture to the treat without breaking your calorie limits.

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    Pumpkin-Spiced Gingersnap Truffles

    Crushed gingersnaps and cocoa powder give these 100-calorie bites of delight their gorgeous autumn-color exterior. The truffles' creamy centers burst with pumpkin pie spice.

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    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bites

    Need a last-minute recipe for your fall get-together? Whip up a batch of these scrumptious no-bake cookie balls. Creamy peanut butter helps bind dried fruit, chocolate pieces, and shredded coconut to rolled oats, which are rich in both fiber and protein.

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    Marbled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies

    Lighten up fudgy brownies with an undeniable blend of canned pumpkin, cream cheese, and cinnamon. The swirly topper gives tang to the healthy, hot-from-the-oven dessert.

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    Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites

    Bake these crustless cheesecake bites in a muffin tin and watch them disappear! The petite pies get their flavor from canned pumpkin, toasted pecans, and a dreamy caramel topping.

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    Coffee Shop Custard

    Fat-free milk helps keep these cozy custards under 200 calories while espresso powder gives them a burst of coffee shop flavor. Top them with light whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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    Sour Cream-Pumpkin Bars

    These moist pumpkin bars incorporate whole wheat flour for added nutrients and fiber. Top with crunchy walnuts and heavenly browned butter frosting for a memorable dessert.

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    Apple-Date Cake

    With fewer than 200 calories per serving, this fall dessert takes the cake. Sweet, sticky dates mingle with tender apple chunks under a crumbly pecan topping.

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    Apple Pie with Gingerbread Crust

    With a brown-sugar-and-cinnamon topping and a gingerbread crust, this apple pie is an instant classic. Whole wheat flour and fat-free sour cream make this decadent dessert healthier.

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    Pumpkin Fudge

    Snack on fudge without the guilt -- each bite-size piece has only 68 calories! Marshmallow creme and cinnamon-flavor pieces meld together to create a flavorful pumpkin fudge.

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    Cranberry-Cashew Clusters

    Serve up no-bake fruit-and-nut clusters that won't cost you too many calories. Cinnamon and nutmeg add fall flavor to the seasonal dessert's vanilla candy coating.

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    No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Reduced-fat dairy products cut the calories in this gorgeous fall dessert. A hint of orange juice complements the pumpkin flavoring for a citrus twist.

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    Low-Sugar Desserts

    Staying healthy doesn't have to mean skipping out on sweets. Enjoy all your favorite indulgences -- crispy apricot balls, creamy lime cheesecake bars, sweet frozen treats, and more -- all for 10 grams of sugar or less. Taking advantage of naturally sweet ingredients means less added sugar in your diet while still enjoying dessert recipes.
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