Thanksgiving Desserts are a huge part of the holiday season. But that does not mean that you need to give up on your diet and nutrition goals. There are a few simple recipes that can make you favorite desserts healthier.
No Sugar Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular Thanksgiving Desserts, but it also it one of the most sugary. Usually recipes call for condensed or sweetened milk. This easy recipe takes the sugar out, and keeps the pumpkin taste we all love.
Start with 1 sm. pkg. sugar-free vanilla pudding
Along with 1 1/2 c. milk (whole or nonfat)
You will need 1 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Artificial sweetener to equal 1 tsp. sugar
1 baked 8-inch pie crust
Place pudding mix in a saucepan. Gradually add milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add pumpkin, spices and sweetener; mix well. Pour into baked crust. Chill until firm, about 3 hours.
No Sugar Whipped Cream
You cannot have Thanksgiving Desserts without whipped cream! But again, way to sugary, here is a quick recipe for a more healthy whipped cream.
1/3 c. instant nonfat dry milk
1/3 c. ice water
1/2 tsp. liquid sweetener
Chill small glass bowl and beaters. Combine ingredients and whip on high speed with mixer until consistency of whipped cream. Makes about 10 servings of 2 tablespoons.
No Sugar Apple Pie
Another classic Thanksgiving Dessert is Apple Pie, which is loaded with sugar. The following recipe takes a lot of the added sugar out of the equation, but still is quite sweet.
4 c. apple
1/2 c. frozen apple juice concentrate, undiluted
2 tsp. tapioca or cornstarch
1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix apples and all ingredients until well coated; pour into pastry shell and top with pastry. Bake at 425 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
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