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4 Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Nov 18, 2013
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of pretty much the most festive season on the American calendar. With Christmas and New Years following close behind--and the abundance of celebratory drinks, dinners and sweet treats mandatory for these holidays--the months of November and December can be quite fattening.

If you're looking to have a healthier Thanksgiving than years gone by, and you'd like the only stuffing to be the kind in your turkey, make sure your menu includes a few guilt-free Thanksgiving desserts.

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Chocolate Walnut Cake

Aside from being delicious, decadent and perfectly suited to the holiday, this chocolate walnut cake is loaded with healthy omega-3 fats. At only 285 calories per serving with 10 grams of fat, this healthy cake will be a winner at your Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

8 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 ½ cups toasted ground walnuts
2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup sifted cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup orange marmalade
1 tsp. confectioners' sugar

To find out how simple it is to whip up this special Thanksgiving cake, you can follow the recipe at Delish.com.

Oatmeal Apple Pie

Who doesn't love apple pie? At just 385 calories per serving, with 13 grams of fat, this delicious apple treat is sure to impress everyone at Thanksgiving this year.

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
2 ounces low fat cream cheese
2 tbsp. canola oil
3 tbsp. cold water

Filling:
3 peeled Granny Smith apples, finely cut
3 peeled McIntosh apples, finely cut
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. flour

Topping:

1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
2 tbsp. orange juice, frozen yet softened
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Check out Lifescript for the easy-to-follow recipe instructions.

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

While pumpkin pie is certainly mandatory on Thanksgiving, the timeless dessert has been known to be rather filling and fattening. If you can't bear to go through Thanksgiving without a taste of pumpkin (rightly so!), try this slightly healthier alternative that clocks in at 279 calories.

Ingredients:

30 gingersnap cookies
2 tbsp. raisins
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
2 cups frozen, low-fat vanilla ice cream

Food Network will show you how to make the delicious frozen pumpkin mousse pie.

Flourless Honey Almond Cake

Quite possibly the easiest recipe on our list, the flourless honey almond cake is perfect for  a guilt-free Thanksgiving dessert. At only 234 calories per serving and with 14 grams of sugar, what more could you ask for from a healthy dessert recipe?

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup toasted almonds
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. honey
1/4 cup sliced almonds

You can find the recipe over at Delish.

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Haylie Pretorius is a lifestyle writer and online editor living in Sydney, Australia. When not managing a host of digital marketing clients, and writing about the dos and don'ts of staying fit and healthy in the modern world, Haylie writes theatre and movie reviews for The Brag. You can connect with Haylie via LinkedIn.



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