My plans for Thanksgiving this year are finally solidified and I’m incredibly excited – it’s one of my favorite holidays! I always have so much to be thankful for every year.
This year my lovely mom is cooking a Thanksgiving lunch for us. I told her I wanted to help in some way so I ended up in charge of bringing a dessert. I know at least 50% of the people in attendance are trying to eat healthier and lose weight so I immediately thought about bringing a “healthier” thanksgiving dessert. Since the rest of the meal will be super heavy and calorific, a lightened up dessert should be a great end to the meal.
Of course, when my mom asked what I was bringing I had no idea. I told her I’d look around for a recipe and decide by Thursday. Since I was already looking for the perfect healthy Thanksgiving dessert I decided to collect all the links here!
Healthier Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas
If you are struggling to decide on the right dessert for your Thanksgiving meal, these ideas should save the day!
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Bars via Running with Spoons
Healthy pumpkin pie oatmeal bars are a great breakfast solution. They also make tasty snacks in the afternoon or Halloween candy alternatives or a lighter Thanksgiving dessert option.
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting via Skinny Taste
Skinny pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime you want a low fat pumpkin treat. Almost everyone loves cupcakes so these should be a hit.
Lighter Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls via Amy’s Healthy Baking
Pumpkin cinnamon rolls hit the right note for a Thanksgiving dessert (or breakfast) and this lighter recipe looks super easy even from scratch.
Lightened Up Pumpkin Roll via Skinny Taste
Pumpkin sponge cake rolled with a lightened up cream cheese frosting would make a pretty addition to the Thanksgiving table!
Guiltless Apple Crisp via It’s Always Autumn
Apple crisp is a beautiful fall dessert and this version features a healthier version to lighten up on the calories.
Cinnamon Apple Crisp via Skinny Taste
Cinnamon scented apple crisp is a perfect fall dessert, especially with low fat frozen yogurt on top.
Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples via Creme de la Crumb
Speaking of apple crisp, these apple crisp stuffed baked apples look divine.
Pumpkin Pie Parfait via Chocolate Covered Katie
Made with a vegan pumpkin pie mousse, this parfait can also be paired with a vegan cream for a completely healthy vegan pumpkin dish.
Mini Sweet Potato Meringue Pies via Skinny Taste
Petite sweet potato pies lightly sweetened with a ripe banana, a touch of brown sugar and spices, then topped with a light meringue topping – perfect for the Holidays!
Vegan Apple Pie via PopSugar
This lightened-up recipe marries an apple pie and apple crisp in one tasty dish.
Sweet Potato Pie via Skinny Taste
This lightened up sweet potato pie recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving without the added calories.
You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan Pumpkin Pie via Food52
A Thanksgiving classic with a healthy twist, this healthy pumpkin pie recipe get it’s tasty texture from ground cashews instead of eggs and cream. It’s a perfect healthy alternative for vegan and vegetarian Thanksgiving guests.
Skinny Pumpkin Pie via Skinny Taste
If you’d rather just have a lighter pumpkin pie, this recipe is perfect.
Hopefully these healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes spark your creativity and help you finish off your thanksgiving meal in a healthier way. If you need more help and tips, check out the ultimate guide to surviving the holidays!