Passing on the pie is easier with an alternative on hand. Contrary to current popular belief, pumpkin isn't limited to buttery muffins and sugar-loaded lattes. Try these healthy fall treats of protein-packed granolas, simple breads and baked fruits to keep fitness and health goals on track through Halloween and Thanksgiving.
7. Waffled Apples
Thinly slice an apple, sprinkle it with sugar and cook in a waffle iron for a minute. This fast and easy dessert crisps with caramelized sugar for crunchy, sweet goodness. The baked apple aroma fills the house, and your family and friends will be tricked into consuming healthy treats in no time. Get the recipe here.
6. Pumpkin Pecan Granola
Looking for one more (healthy) way to add pumpkin into your fall diet? This crunchy, nutty, pumpkin-spiced goodness provides protein, healthy fats and fiber. It's also vegan, gluten-free and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. With pecans and pumpkin puree, this granola will have you opting out of pumpkin and pecan pies while potentially converting the whole family to the healthy side. Get the recipe here.
5. Carrot Cake Bran Muffins
These soft and tender bran muffins are made without butter, refined flour or sugar. To top it off, they're only 115 calories per muffin! Grab the freshly-shaved carrot packed treats for breakfast on the go, or take the batch to Thanksgiving dinner. Savor the wonderful medley of autumn spices without the guilt. Get the recipe here.
4. Date Pumpkin Caramels
Blended dates, pumpkin butter and coconut oil with toasted pumpkin seeds: simple eating to sub in for buttery, sugary caramels. Creamy and salty-sweet, this natural treat will woo the crowd at your next fall gathering. Get recipe here.
3. Simple Pumpkin Pie Bread
Whole grain flour, coconut oil, agave, cinnamon, pumpkin puree and eggs. Simple and nutritious, this moist fall bread is packed with nutrients most pumpkin breads lack. But as far as flavor and moist pumpkin goodness, you are making no concessions. Don't expect this loaf to last more than a day, it goes fast. Get the recipe here.
2. Candy Corn Fruit Parfait
Candy corn, a fall favorite since the 1800s, is animal collagen, sugar-loaded, cavity injection. With this parfait, skip the candy all together. Achieve the autumn-colored staple using pineapple, mandarin oranges and a greek-yogurt based cream. The mason jar adds a rustic touch, offering guests a healthy alternative during fall festivities. Get the recipe here.
1. Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Skip the 200+ calories, $4, and long lines at Starbucks with this healthy, natural PSL alternative made at home. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, vanilla, sweetener, cinnamon and coffee: no syrups here. Just choose a natural sweetener to keep this fall indulgence healthful. Get the recipe here.