No holiday meal–especially Thanksgiving– feels complete without dessert. Unfortunately, most traditional after-dinner sweets are packed with lots of sugar, fat and calories.
That’s why we’re sharing 11 of our coach team’s deliciously healthy dessert faves to curb your cravings (and impress your friends and family). Enjoy!
Cinnamon Rolls – “I’m a huge cinnamon roll fan, and my favorite recipe–free of most major allergens–is a crowd-pleaser. It uses whole-grain buckwheat flour for the dough and cooked sweet potatoes for the icing. It sounds a little crazy, but I promise you it’s delicious! (Instead of grinding my own buckwheat flour I buy Bobs Red Mill at my local store.)”
“If you have a craving you know won’t be satisfied by a healthy substitute (homemade pumpkin pie, anyone?), take a slice without guilt and savor every bite. The secret is to enjoy the treat and let it satisfy you, instead of eating it mindlessly while watching the big game. For optimal blood sugar balance, have your dessert with a meal or pair it with some protein (savory spiced nuts for me!).”
Chocolate Zucchini Bread – “I love chocolate as a sweet indulgence and zucchini is one of my favorite veggies. Who knew you could combine both into something super delicious? This recipe is simple and made with plant-based, high quality ingredients. You’ll want to put it on repeat to please your family and friends long after the holidays.”
Spiced Chocolate Avocado Pudding – “Being of Mexican descent, how could I not have a strong affinity for avocados? I thought eating them for dessert sounded strange until I made chocolate avocado pudding for the first time. (Did I mention that I love chocolate?) Now I’m a true convert. Try this Mexican rendition to kick up the holiday spice.”
Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies – “If you love the taste of chocolate with peanut butter as much as I do, you’re gonna love these cookies. Add your favorite non-dairy milk and you’ve got a dreamy dessert. You’ll probably find that eating just one of these babies will fill you up and keep you feeling thoroughly satisfied. Savor every bite mindfully, as if someone just stole the cookie jar and it’s the very last one left.”
Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake – “Cheesecake is my all-time favorite dessert, and this pumpkin holiday version is both dairy-free (it uses soaked cashews in place of cream cheese) and lower in sugar than most traditional recipes. If you wish, make it vegan by swapping agave or maple syrup for honey in the filling and coconut butter in place of regular butter in the crust.”
Salted Peppermint Bark – “This festive recipe calls for dark chocolate chips (which are lower in sugar than milk chocolate). You can also melt an extra-dark chocolate bar instead (90% cocoa content or higher!) for an even lower-sugar option.”
Ginger Spice Cake – “Nothing says holidays more than the scent of warm spices filling the house. This cake is great with or without the simple cream cheese frosting. Greek yogurt and almond flour make it high in protein, while the applesauce, honey and stevia give it a subtle sweetness that lets all the flavors shine through.”
Cocoa Cookie Dough Balls – “If you love dark chocolate, these are not to be missed! With just seven ingredients and 10 minutes, you can have this tasty treat ready for any holiday party! Enjoy responsibly.”
Pumpkin Swirl Black Bean Brownies – “Brownies have always been one of my favorite treats and these are a beautiful, healthier gluten-free alternative. They were a huge hit at my holiday party. Everyone was shocked to learn they were made from black beans! For a dairy-free version, swap the pumpkin swirl for peanut or almond butter.”