We love fall because it brings out some of the best flavors--pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg...the list goes on! While all of these are super healthy on their own, our favorite dessert versions are usually full of fat, sugar, and other not-so-great ingredients. Fear not, fall dessert lovers: We've found six insanely delicious, flavor-packed recipes that retain all the richness and bold spices you love, while still keeping you healthy and lean. So, whip up one (or all) of these tasty treats and enjoy, guilt-free!
1. Crustless Pumpkin Pie CupcakesImage courtesy of Key Ingredient
You can't talk about fall desserts without mentioning pumpkin pie. These adorable mini versions have all the pumpkin-spice flavor and creamy texture of the classic pie but come in the cutest bite-size versions. Plus, there's no crust so we are cutting unwanted calories out, while still packing them full of flavor. Not to mention, their petite size ensures the perfect portion to satiate your fall indulgence...without overdoing it! We think these would be great for a Halloween party too...maybe try making some with ghost shapes for icing!
2. Apple Pie Dip and Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla ChipsImage courtesy of The Peach Kitchen
Put that apple orchard bounty to good use! This delicious dip is every bit as comforting as your grandma's best apple pie, but it's so much healthier! This apple pie dip is super versatile: You can serve it at your Halloween party, at your next Sunday night football bash, or we might even consider it a good breakfast option if you're looking for a sweet start to your day. For parties, pair it with some cinnamon sugar tortilla chips and your guests are sure to enjoy!
3. Pear, Rosemary, and Goat Cheese GaletteImage courtesy of Garnish With Lemon
Prefer your dessert on the savory side? This gorgeous galette offers a low-sugar option that is sure to impress your guests. Take advantage of the season's beautifully ripe pears and whip up this rustic pie, complete with rosemary, pine nuts, and your favorite French goat cheese. Bon Appetit! Talk about refined...we recommend this as an appetizer too! Or slice it up and pass it around as a snack at your next highly civilized fall party.
4. Homemade Chai Tea ConcentrateImage courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
On chilly fall days, a creamy chai is a perfect way to snuggle up and indulge yourself in all the wonders of autumn. While it's handy to hit the drive thru, this homemade concentrate lets you control the sugar content– and it's much easier on your wallet. With a handful of aromatic spices and some black tea bags, you can whip up a large batch in just 20 minutes. It keeps in your fridge for up to a week and will make your house smell amazing while it simmers. Plus, it's the perfect compliment to one of these delicious dessert recipes!
5. Sweet Cinnamon Apple Crisp with Rolled OatsImage courtesy of Healthy Recipes Blogs
Sweet, gooey, and crunchy, this simple apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert. With fresh fruit and whole-rolled oats, it's as healthy as it is delicious! Just 6 ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven and you have a crowd-pleasing apple crisp ready to enjoy. And if you decide to top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...we won't tell!
6. Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Bars with Maple FrostingImage courtesy of Bests and Bites
These little pumpkin squares have all the rich flavor of pumpkin pie AND they're paleo. Paleo means they're gluten-free, dairy-free, and have no refined sugar. Perfect for anyone trying to stick to a diet or for anyone with food allergies. These creamy bars let you get your pumpkin spice fix with zero guilt. So go ahead, have one. Or two. The maple frosting is the perfect compliment to the pumpkin flavor too. We can't get enough!