You can have a healthier, lighter, low calorie, or sugar-free Thanksgiving dessert that’ll still satisfy your dessert cravings and conventional food traditions, while still eating less calories, without the addition of any unnatural sweeteners or sugar substitutes that may disrupt your digestion or cause your cravings to return when you’re feeling stressed out. No more sugar if you don’t want it! Here are some of our favorite, healthy and sugar free desserts for your Thanksgiving feast.
Pumpkin pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert and one that most people enjoy, but it’s also pretty high in calories. A healthier alternative is using a pumpkin sauce for the pie.
Sugar Free Thanksgiving Desserts
You can add in all sorts of delicious flavorings like cinnamon and nutmeg, buttermilk, fruit juices, cranberries, cherries, or just vanilla for a healthier version of pumpkin pie.
You can bake the pie in the oven, grill it over the summer, or use a pressure cooker if you have one. Just use your imagination and you’ll find lots of ways to add flavor to your pumpkin pie.
Sugar Free Chocolate Thanksgiving Cake.
This easy dessert idea is a staple at thanksgiving tables around the country. You can make a sugar-free version of the traditional cake by using a raw egg, vegetable fat and Splenda instead of sugar. Use applesauce as a thickener instead of oil, and drain off most of the pudding mixture before adding the dry egg.
Use applesauce as a replacement for oil when baking with Graham crackers or other chips. You can drop the calories by as much as 100% with this delicious low-calorie dessert.
Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce
You can enjoy this sugar-free cranberry sauce at thanksgiving dinner or as a side dish later on in the week. Cook the fresh cranberries (which you can juice first) and blend them with a little bit of lemon juice and some sea salt. You’ll get a tangy, flavorful sauce that will still help curb those extra calories.
No-sugar gravy. You can’t go wrong with this gluten-free, dairy-free gravy that has been made with potatoes, onions, garlic, and spices. Use chicken broth as a base to cook the potatoes; add a little bit of water if necessary to thin out the gravy, then grind the onions and spices to make a smooth gravy. You can drop the calories in this dessert by up to 200% with this delicious recipe.
Sugar-free pumpkin pie. Everyone loves pumpkin pie, but for those who don’t eat desserts that contain high amounts of sugar, this is the right one for them. This no-sugar pumpkin pie is made using only pumpkin puree, yogurt, and apples. It’s full of flavor thanks to the addition of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. The no-sugar and no-calorie combo makes this pumpkin pie one of the most popular recipes for thanksgiving day.
Healthy Banana Pumpkin Cookies
This recipe for healthy banana pumpkin cookies is also full of tasty, healthy ingredients. All you have to do is substitute the traditional flour for whole-wheat flour and you’ll get nice, fluffy, hollow cookies. You don’t have to avoid all carbohydrates, however, such as those found in sugar, because you’re getting enough fiber from the bananas to ward off hunger. This is a good recipe to serve when you’re watching your calories – just remember to watch your portion size, too.
As you can see, there are plenty of no-sugar and low-calorie alternatives to traditional sugar-laden thanksgiving dessert recipes. If you’re on a tight budget but love eating out, opt for something that doesn’t have any added sugars. You may not be able to completely avoid all added sugars, but you will definitely taste a healthier diet during thanksgiving.