Fall marks the beginning of a three month long baking season. There are so many wonderful treats and desserts to be made between now and Christmas – apple crisp, pumpkin pie, fresh rolls, cookies, and candies – that it can be difficult to be disciplined about watching our waistline. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year – I love to bake and eat, but I hate the extra pounds it can add.
So, to start this baking season off on a good note, here are some healthy autumn desserts that will hopefully keep the guilt, and pounds, at bay.
Healthy Autumn Desserts
With all of the tastes of fall wrapped into this pan of bars, this dessert is gluten free and dairy free. (It also can be easily edited to become vegan!) There’s always ample layers of textures and flavors – crunchy, creamy, pumpkin, cinnamon, oatmeal – it’s perfection!
Kids will love making their own caramel apples; made with a sticky homemade caramel sauce. This would make a great hands-on afternoon activity!
Mixed with chocolate chips, this moist pumpkin bread makes a great addition to any autumn meal. Image: Well Plated by Erin
Enjoy these muffins any time of day with a swirl of textures; creamy and crunchy. They’re also vegan, and naturally sweetened with a homemade maple glaze.
Pumpkin pie dip can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Make your own creamy fall dip with this recipe.
There are five aspects of this apple dessert pizza. Each layer is made from scratch, but if you’re in a bit of a time-crunch, a few of the layers can be substitued for store-bought alternatives, making this recipe diverse and convenient! Image: Sally’s Baking Addiction
Made with real apples, this apple dessert has beautiful swirls, and an overall simple recipe!
Bring an autumn twist to snickerdoodles with this apple butter flavor! This recipe would also probably work with your own favorite snickerdoodle recipe.
There’s no gluten in these ginger spiced bean cookies. They’re high in protein, and no added sugar as an additional bonus.
Perfectly proportioned for each person, these cranberry muffins are filled with spices and fresh fruits. Despite being completely homemade, there’s also no butter, refined flour or sugar in them! Image: Amy’s Healthy Baking
Soft and chewy, these pudding cookies have a bit of crunch with banana chips, making a great healthy dessert.
Thinly sliced apples with a crumbly cinnamon topping make up this delicious baked apple crisp! It also leaves your house smelling absolutely incredible!
This soft serve ice cream only has five ingredients, making a quick dessert! This recipe is meant for only 1-2 people, but can easily be doubled or tripled as you need it! There’s no added sugar and it’s made with a blender, which means no churning and no ice cream machine is needed.
Pumpkin and chocolate collide with these oatmeal cookies. They’re thick, and great for satisfying a sweet tooth. Image: Yellow Bliss Road
Parfait has multiple layers of sweet and crunchy. These recipe combines pumpkin with Greek yogurt for a light dessert full of texture and warm spices!
Made with crescent rolls (that work well with everything), these apple pie bites are gooey, and texturized with pecans. They’re ready to dive into within less than a half hour!
For a warm pear recipe if you’re growing tired of apples, try this upside down cake! Plus, it has a homemade caramel topping.
Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan – this pumpkin cookie dough only has five ingredients. You can make this recipe in bulk for a big family as well! Image: The Big Man’s World