Fall Treats

The Healthy Spin on These Fall Treats

Cooler temperatures, warm, comfy clothes, and comfort food rule the autumn season. But, sometimes those favorite fall treats aren’t so great for your waistline. The good news – you don’t have to skip out on your favorite comfort foods this fall.

By changing up your favorite recipes and cutting fat, sugar, and calories, you’ll get some delicious treats that won’t sabotage your health goals. Here are a couple of recipes that take fall favorites and give them a healthy spin.

Pumpkin Pie Healthy Smoothie

Pumpkin Frappuccinos, lattes, or cappuccinos can be calorie bombs. Satisfy those autumn pumpkin spice cravings with a healthy smoothie that tastes just like pumpkin pie.

What You’ll Need:

  • One tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

How to Make It:
Place ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend well. Serve immediately. Makes one serving.

 

Date Caramel Apples

If caramel apples are a fall favorite, but you don’t want all the corn syrup and butter, date-based caramel is a healthier choice. Once you dip apples in the date caramel, simply add your favorite toppings, and you’ll have a healthier version of an old favorite.

What You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup of non-dairy, plain milk (for soaking dates)
  • 1 ½ cups of dates, pitted
  • ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 3 ½ – 4 tablespoons of raw cashew butter
  • Pinches of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4-6 apples (organic)

How to Make It:
Make sure you have popsicle sticks on hand. Place dates with the milk in a bowl. Allow to soak an hour. Drain dates, pushing excess milk through the sieve. Place cashew butter, sea salt, nutmeg, vanilla, and dates in a food processor, processing until smooth. Scrape sides and continue processing. Place date caramel in a container and refrigerate. Dip apples in date caramel. Add toppings if desired. Place on a tray or container lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate or serve right away.

 

Just because you’re choosing to eat healthy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite fall treats. Try out these recipes this week and look for other ways you can put a healthier twist on autumn comfort foods.

 

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