Healthy Desserts That Scream Fall…

It’s Fall…the aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon and spice are everywhere, and I LOVE it!  If you’re like me, bring on all things Fall related: the scents, the tastes and the festivities.  There’s something that makes Fall a warm and fuzzy time of the year and I couldn’t love being in the kitchen more than this time of year! 

But keeping on track with my healthy lifestyle choices, Fall (and the upcoming holidays) can always give me a run for my money and test my healthy choices as there are SO many amazing desserts to keep a sweet tooth satisfied. 

Since so many of my family/friends know that I love to make desserts, I typically get asked to bring them to the party!  Great…love it…an excuse to cook; but I’ve taught myself that I need to find some delicious recipes that won’t make me go up a dress size by new year’s!  So today I’m sharing three of my favorite go-to, easy and healthy fall desserts for the fall that everyone will love! 

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Peach Cobbler Supreme

Peach cobbler is the way to my husband’s heart in our family! Top with a little vanilla bean ice cream and he will be one happy human. But I had to find a way to make it a bit healthier so I could enjoy with him too!  Here’s my twist of peach cobbler!

      • 4-5 peaches peeling and sliced
      • ¼ c. white sugar
      • 1 Tbsp. Flour
      • ½ tsp. lemon juice
      • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
    • For topping:
      • 2/3 c. Oats (not the quick cook)
      • ½ c. brown sugar
      • ¼ c. flour
      • ½ tsp. cinnamon
      • 3 Tbsp butter-cold to cut

Mix the peach combo together and place in baking dish.  Mix dry toppings together and then cut in butter to mix until crumbles form.  Put on top of peach mix.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Scoop into bowls with ice cream and enjoy!

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Southern Baked Apples

Because who doesn’t like baked apples? This is a no-brainer recipe that you probably already have the ingredients at home to throw it together tonight.  Yes, it has some sugar and a touch of butter, but it’s better than eating a full pie! If doing for a group, use smaller apples and it will make everyone feel like they have their own custom apple. (As an extra ‘treat’ I like to top these with a scoop of low-calorie vanilla ice cream!)

      • 4 apples (I honestly feel pretty much any apple can be a baking apple…some would disagree with me but I’ve literally used every type of apple with this recipe and it never turns out bad!)
      • 1/3 c. brown sugar
      • 1 tsp. cinnamon (+ cinnamon sticks for garnish when you serve)
      • ¼ c. Pecans or walnuts (or neither if you don’t like/are allergic to nuts)
      • ¼ c. Cranraisins (this is a trick of mine that people go: what’s so different?) You can also use regular raisins or really any type of dried fruit
      • 1 Tbsp butter cut into fourths
      • ¾-1c. boiling water (depends on how deep your dish is…you want just the bases of the apples covered)

Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nuts and dried fruit.  Core the center of the apples out and stuff each apple with ¼ of the brown sugar mix.  Top the center brown sugar mix with ¼ of the butter.  Place into pan and put boiling water on the base of the pan.  Bake at 375 for aprox 30 minutes (depending on how soft you like your apples baked and also depending on the size of the apple). And enjoy!

Pumpkin Pudding Parfaits

This is SO easy…I love to spice it up via serving glasses (I’ll use wine or martini glasses to serve it in and it looks so fancy!) Top it with an extra dollop of Cool Whip, some crushed up graham crackers or a vanilla wafer and add an extra sprinkle of cinnamon dusting!  You will look straight out of Food Network!

      • 1 pkg instant sugar free white chocolate pudding
      • 2/3 c. canned pumpkin
      • ½ tsp. cinnamon
      • Dash of ground nutmeg & ginger
      • ¾ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
      • ¼ c. Low Fat Cool Whip

Whip all of the ingredients together (using a hand blender to thoroughly blend).  Put in serving dishes and let cool/set at least 1 hour before serving.