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27 Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

Have your treats on this holiday without breaking your diet. These healthy Thanksgiving desserts are super yummy, extra easy to make and just the best.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to eat good food with family and friends. And you can’t skip the dessert, right?

But that dessert can be a little too good.

Before you know it, you’ve packed on a couple of pounds. And there’s nothing good about that.

So, how can you eat your cake – and still have it? By making Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts.

That’s why I’m sharing 27 Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts. They’re not only delicious but will help you stay on track with your health goals.

Get out your apron, and let’s start cooking!

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1. Healthy Apple Nachos

Healthy Apple Nachos


Time for my Healthy Apple Nachos. No, that wasn’t a typo.

Instead of a tortilla, you’re using apple slices. Then you’re coating them with your favorite nut butter.

Then you’re adding your toppings. These include cinnamon, hemp seeds, dark chocolate chips, and shredded coconut.

So, you have a crunchy, gooey mess of sweet indulgence.

Besides being tasty, dark chocolate is good for you too. It contains magnesium and manganese, which support bone health.

And it’s rich in antioxidants which fight inflammation. It even provides flavanols which may be good for your brain.

When choosing dark chocolate chips, look for those that contain a minimum of 70% cocoa. That’s because they have more antioxidants.

These dark chocolate chips here are an excellent option. Check out more 300 calorie recipes here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 315
  • Fats: 20g
  • Protein: 7.2g
  • Carbs: 32g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 21g


2. Vegan Chocolate Pie

Vegan Chocolate Pie


Want to enjoy Chocolate Pie – without the dairy? Then give this Vegan Chocolate Pie a try.

It’s decadent, silky, and chocolatey. You won’t believe there’s no cream.

“What’s the secret?” you ask? You’re using silken tofu to make the filling.

The tofu serves as a creamy, neutral base for the filling. You’re blending the tofu with melted dark chocolate and other ingredients to make the chocolate filling.

These include soaked cashews, unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond milk, and sea salt.

So, you get a smooth chocolatey nutty pie filling.

If possible, you’ll want to use a Vitamix blender like this. This will give you the best results.

Otherwise, a high-speed blender like this will do.

This Vegan Chocolate Pie is yummy just the way it is. But if you like, you can add some coconut whipped cream. Yum!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 287.6g
  • Fats: 17.5g
  • Protein: 5.4g
  • Carbs: 34.1g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Sugar: 27.5g


3. 1-Minute Microwave Mug Cake

1-Minute Microwave Mug Cake


It’s nice to serve cake for Thanksgiving Dessert. But baking an entire cake takes time – and much-needed oven space.

Plus, what do you do with all the leftover cake?

That’s where my 1-Minute Microwave Mug Cake comes in handy. You make it in the microwave.

So, you can use your oven for other things – like making the turkey.

Plus, you won’t have tempting leftovers to derail your diet.

This Microwave Mug Cake is as good as they come. It’s cakey, moist, and chocolatey.

The cinnamon adds a pleasant warmth.

What’s more, this cake is gluten-free. So, it suits special dietary needs.

To keep it gluten-free, you’ll be using oat flour. Besides being gluten-free, oat flour is also good for you.

It’s full of filling fiber. And it contains iron which keeps your energy levels up.

If you need to stock up on some oat flour, you can get some here.

Best of all, you can customize the cake toppings for individual preferences. You can add berries, melted chocolate, nuts – the possibilities are endless.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 314
  • Fats: 19g
  • Protein: 7.7g
  • Carbs: 27g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Sugar: 1g


4. No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake


Do you have vegan eaters at your Thanksgiving table? Serve them this No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake.

It’s effortless to make. But best of all, it tastes really delicious.

The coconut cream and cashews add nutty flavors. And the maple syrup and pumpkin puree add natural sweetness.

Meanwhile, the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice add holiday spirit.

Besides being tasty, this cheesecake is nutritious. It’s rich in Vitamin A.

And it contains fiber and iron. So, it boosts your immune and digestive systems. Check out more 400 calorie recipes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 383.7g
  • Fats: 29.6g
  • Protein: 5.8g
  • Carbs: 27.8g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Sugar: 16.6g


5. Cashew Energy Balls

Cashew Energy Balls


Looking for another easy vegan dessert? Try my Cashew Energy Balls.

They’re nutty, sweet morsels of yumminess. Bet you can’t have just one!

Good thing they contain less than 60 calories. So, you can snack on a few – without blowing your diet.

Making them is a piece of cake. Place your cashews in a food processor like this one here.

Process until they become flour-like. Then add dates, sea salt, vanilla extract, and unsweetened shredded coconut.

Pulse until smooth. Next, roll the dough into balls.

Finally, place in the fridge to cool. Check out more low calorie snacks here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 58
  • Fats: 3.7g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Carbs: 6.1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3.9g


6. Keto Pumpkin Muffins

Keto Pumpkin Muffins


Need a low-carb dessert that won’t ruin your macros? These Keto Pumpkin Muffins are an excellent option.

They’re fluffy and full of fall flavors. And the pecans and pepitas seeds add a lovely crunch.

No one will be able to tell they’re keto. But they are.

In fact, one muffin contains just 3 grams of net carbs. And it has a good amount of fat.

So, it will keep you in ketosis.

To keep these muffins low in carbs, you’ll be using almond flour. Besides being keto-friendly, almond flour is nutritious too.

It’s full of fiber which keeps you full. And it contains bone-building minerals such as manganese.

Need to stock up on some almond flour? You can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 131
  • Fats: 11g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g


7. Almond Butter Energy Balls

Almond Butter Energy Balls


Need a no-bake vegan dessert? I’ve got just the right dessert for you.

My Almond Butter Energy Balls are fudgy, chocolatey, and nutty. Your tastebuds will be going wild.

And they’re so easy to make. All you need are 5 ingredients: almond butter, maple syrup, coconut flour, ground flaxseed, and unsweetened coconut powder.

Place all your ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Once the dough thickens, roll the dough into balls.

If you like, you can use a cookie scoop like this. Put the energy balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Place in the fridge. Easy peasy.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 105
  • Fats: 7.5g
  • Protein: 3.2g
  • Carbs: 7.6g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Sugar: 4g


8. Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake


Need another great vegan dessert? You can’t go wrong with this Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake.

It’s light, creamy, and delicious. The pumpkin puree and maple syrup add natural sweetness.

And the cashew nuts add a pleasant nuttiness. Meanwhile, the pumpkin spice adds festive flavors.

You won’t believe one serving contains under 100 calories.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 94
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 6g


9. Cacao Chia Pudding

Cacao Chia Pudding


In the mood for some pudding? Give my Cacao Chia Pudding a try.

It’s creamy and decadent. And it’s super chocolatey.

That’s because you’re using unsweetened cacao powder and dark chocolate chips. The bitterness of the chocolate is offset by the sweetness of the maple syrup.

And the chia seeds make this pudding so satisfying. That’s because chia seeds are a good source of plant-based protein.

They’re also rich in manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. So, they support strong bones.

If you need to stock up on some chia seeds, you can get some here. Check more 500 calorie recipes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 517
  • Fats: 39g
  • Protein: 8.5g
  • Carbs: 39g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 18g


10. Gluten-Free Pear Crisp

Gluten-Free Pear Crisp


Baked Thanksgiving desserts are so yummy. But they’re often full of gluten.

And if you have gluten-free eaters, those desserts are off-limits. That’s why this Gluten-Free Pear Crisp is handy.

It’s full of yummy flavors. You’ve got the nuttiness and crunchiness of the pecans.

And you’ve got the natural sweetness of the maple syrup. The cinnamon and pears make this the perfect fall dessert.

Besides being gluten-free, it’s also vegan. So it suits various dietary needs.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 333
  • Fats: 21g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 35g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 17g


11. Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipes

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipes


Are you more of a cake lover? Feast on this gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Cake.

It’s moist, delicious, and full of warming spices. These include cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.

This cake is pure indulgence. Yet, it contains under 300 calories.

So, you could add a small scoop of ice cream if you like.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 258
  • Fats: 14g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 32g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 18g


12. Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates with Walnuts

Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates with Walnuts


Do you only have 10 minutes to make dessert? Make these Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates with Walnuts.

They’re delicious and just plain addictive. You’ve got the fudginess of the dates.

And the silkiness of the cream cheese offsets the walnuts’ crunchiness.

To make them, slit your dates with a small serrated knife like this. Next, add some cream cheese.

Finally, press a walnut half on top.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 124
  • Fats: 6g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 12g


13. Keto No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Keto No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake


Want to enjoy cheesecake – but watching your carbs? Have some of this cheesecake.

It’s velvety and full of yummy pumpkin flavors. And the no-bake crust is just as good as traditional graham crust.

In fact, one serving contains just 4 grams of net carbs. So your personal trainer won’t be on your case.

And it’s packed with fat. So it makes a pretty tasty fat bomb.

To keep this cheesecake low-carb, you’ll be using almond flour for your crust. You’ll also want to use a good granulated sugar substitute.

I like using granulated erythritol. That’s because it’s all-natural.

And it doesn’t contain a bitter aftertaste. If you need to stock up on some, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 355
  • Fats: 33.2g
  • Protein: 6.8g
  • Carbs: 5.9g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Sugar: 0.1g


14. Pear Date Skillet Cake

Pear Date Skillet Cake


After eating a big turkey dinner, you just want to laze around. And you want a nice cup of tea or coffee – with a warm slice of cake.

This Pear Date Skillet Cake is perfect for that. It’s moist and sweet.

And it’s packed with comforting fall flavors. That’s because you’re using warming spices like cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger powder.

You’ll feel so warm and cozy eating this cake.

And this cake contains no refined sugar. In fact, all the sweetness comes from the date syrup and pear butter.

So you can feel good eating this cake.

Besides adding sweetness, dates are also nutritious. They’re good for your bones.

That’s because they contain manganese and magnesium. And they contain potassium which contributes to healthy blood pressure levels.

They’re also rich in antioxidants. Yay!

To make this skillet, you’ll need – you guessed it – a skillet. I recommend this one here.

That’s because it distributes heat evenly. And it’s oven-safe too.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 206
  • Fats: 8.9g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Carbs: 30.8g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Sugar: 21.5g


15. Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Pie


Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie. But on a keto diet, Pumpkin Pie is a sharp pass.

That’s because of all the carbs. One slice contains as much as 44 grams of net carbs.

That’s over 200% of your daily net carbs. Yikes!

This Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Pie gives you all the yum – without all the carbs. It’s flakey, tender, and full of creamy pumpkin goodness.

Serve with your favorite keto ice cream.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 48
  • Fats: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g


16. Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

Pumpkin Mousse Recipe


Want even more pumpkin flavors? Try this Pumpkin Mousse.

It’s creamy and full of pumpkin and spice – and everything nice. As an added bonus, it’s low carb.

That’s because you’re using sweetener to make it.

Making it takes just 5 minutes. Start by mixing some gelatin and cold water.

Next, add a bit of boiling water, stirring well. Then in a separate bowl, mix cream cheese and sweetener.

Add your pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Next, add your gelatin mixture, blending well.

Finally, fold in your whipped cream, and beat until fluffy. Check out more 200 calorie recipes.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 165
  • Fats: 14.7g
  • Protein: 3.8g
  • Carbs: 5.7g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 1.9g


17. Keto Pecan Pie

Keto Pecan Pie


Looking for a pecan pie – without all the carbs? Look no further.

This Keto Pecan Pie is simply amazing. The crust is tender and flaky.

Meanwhile, the filling is an ooey-gooey mixture of nuttiness. You’ll be in foodie heaven.

And one slice contains just 2 grams of net carbs. Yay!

What’s more, it contains 23 grams of fiber. That’s more than 90% of your daily fiber needs.

To keep it low carb, you’ll be making your own keto pie crust. You’ll also be sweetening your pie filling with granulated sweetener and keto maple syrup.

This keto maple syrup here contains only 1 gram of net carbs per serving.

This pie is great on its own. But if you like, you can serve it with keto vanilla ice cream.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 266
  • Fats: 26g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 25g
  • Fiber: 23g
  • Sugar: 2g


18. Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Pumpkin Pie Truffles


Need some dairy-free truffles? These Pumpkin Pie Truffles are a great option.

They are moist, decadent morsels of chocolate and pumpkin goodness. You’ll be popping them in your mouth.

Thank goodness one truffle contains just 124 calories. So, you can have two or three … and still be on Santa’s nice list.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 124
  • Fats: 6g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 19g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar:


19. Vegan Pumpkin Bars

Vegan Pumpkin Bars


Looking for a vegan alternative to pumpkin pie? These Vegan Pumpkin Bars are an excellent option.

They’re crumbly, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And the cinnamon, ground cloves, and pumpkin pie spice make this dessert so “autumny.”

What’s more, these pumpkin bars take just 35 minutes to make. So, you can make them in a jiffy.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 237
  • Fats: 11g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 33g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 11g


20. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread Pudding


Bread Pudding can be so comforting. But on a Paleo diet, it’s a big No-No.

That’s because of all the dairy and grain. With this dish, you can eat your cake, ahem, bread pudding – and have it too.

This bread pudding is decadent and full of festive pumpkin flavors. It’s so yummy – you’ll want it for breakfast the next day.

And it makes a pretty good breakfast too. That’s because it’s packed with protein which fills you up.

To keep it Paleo, you’ll be using high-fat coconut milk instead of cream cheese. You’ll also be using coconut cream instead of heavy cream.

Lastly, you’ll be using homemade coconut bread. So, make sure you have some coconut flour handy.

If you don’t have any, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 542
  • Fats: 55g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 1g


21. Paleo Pecan Pie Bars

Paleo Pecan Pie Bars


Looking for more Paleo-friendly desserts? You’ll want to give these Paleo Pecan Pie Bars a try.

They’re buttery, nutty, caramelly, gooey – and did I mention delicious? You’ll be licking your fingers.

Besides adding nuttiness, pecans are good for you too. They’re rich in copper, which supports a healthy immune system.

They’re also rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

To keep these bars Paleo, you’ll be using almond flour instead of regular flour. You’ll also be using maple syrup instead of corn syrup.

And lastly, you’ll be using coconut sugar like this instead of brown sugar.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 299
  • Fats: 21g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 23g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 18g


22. Keto Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie

Keto Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie


Looking for an Instagram-worthy Pie? This is it.

This Pumpkin Pie is so pretty – you won’t want to eat it. It’s got purple leaf-shaped swirls on an orange background.

It looks just like fall – and it tastes so yummy. After all, who can resist pumpkin and dark chocolate?

And the cinnamon and cloves add even more fall flavors. What’s more, this pie is also keto-friendly.

This Pumpkin Pie is definitely a winner.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 117
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g


23. Apple Pie Energy Bites

Apple Pie Energy Bites


Do you need a fuss-free dessert? These Apple Pie Energy Bites are a great option.

The combination of apple and cinnamon is a winning combination. The walnuts and cashews add a pleasant nuttiness.

And these energy bites are dipped in shredded coconut – pure decadence.

Best of all, these Energy Bites are freezer-friendly. In fact, they last up to 3 to 4 months.

So, you can make a couple of batches. And have some anytime you want.

Just be sure to put your Energy Bites in these high-quality freezer-friendly containers or these Ziploc bags.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 67
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g


24. Paleo Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Paleo Pumpkin Swirl Brownies


Are you a chocoholic? Then you’ll love these Paleo Pumpkin Swirl Brownies.

They’re extra chocolatey. And they’re flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.

So, they’re full of yummy holiday flavors. So, they’re so comforting and soothing.

What’s more, these brownies provide 20% of your daily fiber needs. So, they’re pretty filling.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 269
  • Fats: 18g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 23g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 16g


25. Healthy Apple Crumble

Healthy Apple Crumble


During Thanksgiving, your oven – and you – are hard at work. You need to roast your turkey, bake a couple of casseroles – the list is endless.

So, it’s nice to have an easy no-bake dessert. And this Healthy Apple Crumble fits the bill.

It’s sweet and delicious. It’s packed with apples and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg – precisely what the doctor ordered.

Top with low-fat vanilla ice cream – and you’re good to go.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 250
  • Fats: 15g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 28g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 20g


26. Healthy Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Healthy Pumpkin Whoopie Pie


I’m a big fan of Whoopie Pie, as I’m sure many of you are too. But I am definitely not a fan of all the sugar.

One 4 ounce serving can contain as much as 44 grams of sugar. That’s eleven teaspoons of sugar!

This Healthy Pumpkin Whoopie has much less. So, you can have your Whoopie Pie – and eat it too.

And it tastes just as delicious as the original. In fact, I prefer this to the original.

That’s because the coconut cream adds a pleasant coconut flavor. Yum!

And the cashew paste adds even more nuttiness. It’s Thanksgiving in your mouth.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 337
  • Fats: 25g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Carbs: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 4g


27. Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin Cookies


There’s nothing like good old-fashioned cookies to end a meal. Not only are they good for eating, but dunking as well.

But your typical cookies contain lots of sugar – and very little nutrition.

These Pumpkin Cookies are not your typical cookie. They contain only 5 grams of sugar.

And they provide almost a third of your daily Vitamin A needs. Now that is one healthy cookie!

But best of all, these cookies taste delicious. They’re full of pumpkin flavor and topped with a drizzle of chocolate.

And they’re cakey-soft. So they’re perfect for dunking in your coffee or tea.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 129
  • Fats: 4.3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 5g


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27 Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year. Why not make desserts just for this celebration? These Thanksgiving Desserts are mouth-watering and easy to make.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Holiday
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -8


  • 1. Healthy Apple Nachos
  • 2. Vegan Chocolate Pie
  • 3. 1- Minute Microwave Mug Cake
  • 4. No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 5. Cashew Energy Balls
  • 6. Keto Pumpkin Muffins
  • 7. Almond Butter Energy Balls
  • 8. Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 9. Cacao Chia Pudding
  • 10. Gluten-Free Pear Crisp
  • 11. Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipes
  • 12. Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates with Walnuts
  • 13. Keto No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 14. Pear Date Skillet Cake
  • 15. Keto-Friendly Pumpkin Pie
  • 16. Pumpkin Mousse Recipe
  • 17. Keto Pecan Pie
  • 18. Pumpkin Pie Truffles
  • 19. Vegan Pumpkin Bars
  • 20. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread Pudding
  • 21. Paleo Pecan Pie Bars
  • 22. Keto Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie
  • 23. Apple Pie Energy Bites
  • 24. Paleo Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
  • 25. Healthy Apple Crumble
  • 26. Healthy Pumpkin Whoopie Pie
  • 27. Healthy Pumpkin Cookies


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  • Get cooking and make your next Thanksgiving Dessert!


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Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Thank you so much for including my recipe in this fantastic roundup - such an awesome variety you have here - if this was in real life, I'd need 2 plates of dessert - forget about the main meal!