If fall is your favorite season for baking, but you want to keep things light and easy, I found ten healthy fall desserts that are just begging for a moment of your attention. I picked these treats because they’re easy to whip up and don’t require too many ingredients or too much time.
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis
When you actually take it to heart that “stressed” is just “desserts” spelled backwards, you’ll realize how incredibly pertinent baking is to the enjoyment of your life.
All kidding aside (though I’m not sure if I really am kidding), fall is probably my favorite season for baked goods. Almost nothing beats the taste of fresh local apples, and I never met a pumpkin I didn’t like.
Traditionally, most of the seasonally-inspired creations we expect to see on the table are loaded with all sorts of ingredients that either put us to sleep or put the body in a state of “sugar shock.” For sensitive bellies like mine, I have a love-hate kind of relationship with most desserts.
When it comes to dessert and people, I don’t want a love-hate relationship: I would like a love-love relationship, please and thank you.In baking and in life, the secret ingredient is always love. Click To Tweet
In light of how crucial desserts are to happiness, let’s keep things light today. Here are ten healthy fall desserts that tout only love, no hate, and come with no additional ingredients of guilt or shame: only love.
10 Healthy Fall Desserts That Are Easy to Make and Easy to Eat
1. Healthy Pumpkin Oat Cookies
- 2.5 cups oats
- 1 cup organic pure pumpkin puree
- 2 packets stevia or 1-2 stevia drops, or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, coconut, walnuts, raisins or other dried fruit or nuts
2. Healthy Four Ingredient Flourless Apple Pie Blondies
Naturally gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and dairy-free, these “mini apple pies” had me at “soft, fudgy and the perfect cure for your sweet tooth.”
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter (can sub for peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 3-4 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp apple pie spice (a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg)
- Optional: Coconut palm sugar + apple pie spice to top
Read the original recipe for full instructions (they’re so easy!).Cookies don't ask questions. Cookies understand. Click To Tweet
3. Healthy 3 Ingredient Maple Almond Fudge
Not only does this rich, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth dessert use only three healthy ingredients, but it requires less than 10 minutes to make and it doesn’t require any baking or cooking at all. Amazing!
- 2 cups smooth almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
For full instructions, refer to the original recipe here.
4. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Coconut Hazelnut Filling
This isn’t just another fall dessert: It’s also an excuse to eat two cookies at once and not feel anything but good about it. This recipe requires about 20 minutes of your active participation, but I have a feeling it’ll be worth your effort.
For the cookies:
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 (9-ounce) box Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin Mix
For the filling:
For the full, amazing recipe, see the original post here.
5. Easy Maple Glazed Walnuts
Requiring only three wholesome ingredients, all you need to do with this treat is bake, cool, and then enjoy either alone, on salads, or in a homemade snack mix. That sweet, flavorful crunch you’re craving? Satisfied, in under a half hour.
- 16 ounces raw halved walnuts
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- Pinch sea salt
6. Skinny Vegan Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
When hot chocolate and pumpkin pie become friends, you’d think your healthy intentions would be long gone, but that’s just not the case with this recipe. With just 62 calories, this quick-and-easy treat is perfect for a crisp autumn eve (you’ll even stock up on some nutrients while you’re sipping).
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 3-4 packets Truvia, or other sweetener to taste
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
7. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble
Sure, this recipe has more ingredients than the rest of the healthy fall desserts I included here, but I have a good reason for that: it’s cooked in the slow cooker (in less than 3 hours). So, basically, you mix and layer and the rest is handled for you while you’re out enjoying the weather.
For the apples:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 large apples, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
For the topping:
- 2/3 cup oats
- 2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3-4 Tbsp softened butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
8. 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Energy Balls
No baking is required with these energy bites that are, and I quote from the creator, “so easy, they almost make themselves.” This recipe is for those of you who (like me) love pumpkin everything but also want to feel good about everything pumpkin you eat.
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 3 Tbsp honey
Easy to make, easy to store, and easy to eat, here’s the full recipe with photos and instructions.Anything fall is everything nice. Click To Tweet
9. Cinnamon Apple Chips
I think I’ve found the perfect way to unwind after a trip to the local orchard: homemade apple chips! A naturally sweetened snack featuring a few simple ingredients, you don’t have to worry about overindulging.
- 4 (McIntosh) apples, cored and sliced 1/8” thick
- 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1-2 tsp granulated sugar, if needed (a dash of a natural sweetener, like stevia, also works)
- Cooking spray
10. Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears
I feel as though I was missing something in this lineup. When I saw this fancy-looking pear dessert, I was sincerely hoping they’d be as easy to make as the title suggested, and the ingredients and instructions left me pleasantly surprised.
- 4 D’Anjou pears (aka Anjou pears)
- 1/2 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Optional toppings: maple pecan granola, Greek yogurt
Just read through the instructions here, because they really are super simple.
Please share the healthy fall desserts you’re trying, which recipes you love most this time of year, and any happy kitchen stories with me in the comments.
Share the love of food with someone who understands; send them these recipes and maybe plan a baking date.
Make sure you take time to sit with your pumpkin hot chocolate and watch the leaves turn.