It’s crazy to think that 6 years ago I hated pumpkin. I never quite understood the pumpkin hype. To me, pumpkin is most definitely an acquired taste, though once I started baking with it and adding all those autumnal spices, I came around to liking pumpkin. When it comes to baking, I generally stick to healthy baking unless it is around the holidays or a special occasion. And so, here are 11 healthy & delicious pumpkin desserts to try… a few are my own recipes, and the remaining were my Pinterest favorites. Enjoy!
1. Pumpkin Banana Bread
If there is one healthier pumpkin recipe you should try, it is this one. Made with pumpkin, bananas and spiced rum, this bread is super delicious and uber moist.
2. Pumpkin Cake Bars
The original recipe came from Paula Dean, however I cut the fat and calories by replacing some of the oil with applesauce. Additionally, I used Neufchatel or ⅓ reduced fat cream cheese instead of the full-fat version. No one will be able to tell the difference.
3. Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake (recipe & photo from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy)
I haven’t gotten on board with the whole paleo thing, mainly because I have no issues eating whole wheat flour. What I do like about paleo desserts are they don’t require quite as much flour as a normal dessert would, in addition to the fact paleo desserts don't contain refined sugars. I need to start experimenting with paleo, but for now, this is one to try.
4. Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze (recipe & photo from Cookie & Kate)
I fell in love with pumpkin scones at Alice’s Tea Cup. I haven’t yet tried Cookie & Kate’s version, but it is on my list. Looks divine! Just a note, I would make these with coconut oil over butter for a healthier version.
5. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Delicious hot chocolate prepared with reduced-fat 2% milk and dark chocolate chips.
6. Pumpkin Roll (recipe & photo from Skinny Taste)
I am so impressed by this dessert. The cake itself contains no butter or oil. Additionally, the filling is prepared with ⅓ reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free Fage Greek yogurt, Genius! And of course, by Gina at Skinny Taste!
7. Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread (recipe & photo from Ambitious Kitchen)
I really love Monique’s work over at Ambitious Kitchen. Many of her recipes are super healthy and taste amazing! This delicious bread definitely caught my eye made with just 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, YES, just 1 TBSP!!!
8. Pumpkin Pie French Toast
So this one is a bit indulgent, but certainly not as fattening as regular full-fat French Toast would be. I cut down on the number of eggs used and used reduced-fat 2% milk instead of half & half. Don’t skimp on the bread though else it won’t be French toast without challah or brioche. A breakfast that tastes like dessert!
9. Gooey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies (recipe & photo from Rachlmansfield)
These babies look too good to be true. These delicious blondies are made with fat-free Greek yogurt and pumpkin puree. The fat here is seen in the chocolate chips and we all know chocolate is good for you, make that dark chocolate.
10. No-Bake Pumpkin Pie (recipe & photo from iFoodReal)
This recipe is to die for, just look at it. The crust is prepared with pecans, oats, and medjool dates, hence no additional fat. The fat in the filling comes from cashews. And the topping is just a couple tablespoons of melted chocolate chips. Looks good to me!
11. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pizookie (recipe & photo from Chocolate Covered Katie)
OMG… drool! I’ve been meaning to make a recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie for quite some time now, and so now I’m just gonna do it. This looks incredible! A deep dish pie that is made with chickpeas, imagine that? And it's insanely good based on all the comments Katie received on her version of a Pumpkin Chocolate Skillet Pie. Heavenly!
And there you have it. 11. Amazing. Healthy. Delicious. Pumpkin. Desserts.
If you try any of my recipes mentioned above OR any of the remaining recipes above, please leave a comment below and let me know how it turns out.
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