Any way you slice it, pies are pretty tough to make healthy—or even healthyish. After all, the main ingredients are typically butter and sugar (hence why pie always tastes so good). So while no one’s saying Thanksgiving shouldn’t be filled with slices of cherry, pumpkin, and apple (live a little!), these healthy desserts just may do the trick the rest of the season. They’re still full of your favorite fall flavors, such as pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but aren’t quite as food coma inducing.
Pumpkin purée and almond butter make the base of these bars so moist and chewy, you’ll forget they’re not so bad for you. And maple frosting? Peak fall.
These pears are almost too easy… you’re gonna want to make them every night. Slice a pear in half, sprinkle each side with cinnamon, and drizzle with maple syrup. Bake for about 20 minutes and top with a little granola or coconut cream.
A crisp tastes like a pie but with way less crust involved. This one starts with an apple and cinnamon base, then gets topped with a maple pecan crisp made with coconut flakes, almond flour, and lots of seasonal spices.
These scones rely on Greek yogurt and pumpkin purée to get away with using just two tablespoons of butter. The rest is pretty simple and is made with just a few regular baking items (whole-wheat flour and baking powder) and mini chocolate chips.
Gluten-free? Listen up. This dessert is basically all fruit (apples, pears, cranberries, and pineapple) mixed with walnuts, coconut sugar, and butter. Oh, and cinnamon and nutmeg make it smell great coming out of the oven.
This fudge comes in handy when you’re dying for a PSL. Make a paste from dates and almond butter, then mix in almond flour, coconut flour, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. Blend until combined, stick it in a pan, and freeze for one hour. Now you’ve got pumpkin fudge!
Use the last of your summer berries (or a bag of frozen ones) to make this healthy crisp. It’s got chia seeds, oats, and walnuts, and is pretty low sugar as far as desserts go—raspberries go a long way in making it sweet.