After slaving away to stay swimsuit-ready all summer, it can be tempting to gorge on all of fall’s delicious flavors once autumn arrives and that itty-bitty bikini goes into storage for the year. Tread carefully, though: Crisp apple pie, caramel apples and apple cider have enormous amounts of sugar, canceling out the health benefits of an apple. Luckily, being healthy does not mean you have to turn down these desserts altogether. Loaded with wholesome ingredients, these 10 decadent-tasting apple desserts lack excess oil, sugar and butter, allowing you to indulge in autumnal flavors without gaining an inch.
A gooey cake with creamy frosting is the perfect comfort food to pair with a latte on those brisk fall afternoons. Hungry Curious’ Apple Cinnamon Cake with Hazelnut Frosting is made without sugar. The cake and frosting use nuts, almond milk, coconut oil and flax to replace unhealthy ingredients.
These adorable Mini Paleo Maple Cupcakes from Fed and Fit are bite size to help with portion control. Applesauce gives the cupcakes a moist texture, while you can still enjoy the crunch of a juicy apple on top.
A Tasty Love Story’s Almond, Apple & Blackberry Moist Skillet Cake is a softer version of fruit cobbler. The light almond crust is filled with baked fruit, coated in nutritious spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
Whether you are looking for a quick and easy apple dessert or you are trying to resist a caramel apple, these Apple Breakfast Cookies from The Nilsen Pantry are healthy and will satisfy your sugar cravings with peanut butter, dark chocolate and granola.
Protein-packed quinoa can be prepared with coconut milk for a creamy and sweet flavor perfect for breakfast or a healthy dessert. The Baked Apple Stuffed with Quinoa from Sequins at Breakfast is made with cranberries, coconut flakes and hazelnuts for even more of a nutritional boost.
Apple pie is a one-of-a-kind treat that must be enjoyed in the fall season. Chocolate & Carrots’ Apple Pies for Two make it easy to skip the extra carbs and still savor the baked apple and cinnamon pie filling.
Sweet As Honey’s Apple Crumble is made without gluten, dairy or sugar. The crunchy top layer is a mixture of quinoa, coconut, cashews and almonds. Swap whipping cream for yogurt to serve with a healthier cool topping.
This apple-pie-flavored smoothie makes a great post-workout snack too. Full of protein and low in fat, the Apple Cinnamon Smoothie from Recipe Runner has vanilla and maple syrup to make the beverage taste more like dessert than a healthy smoothie.
Carrots, apples and bananas make Minimalist Baker’s One Bowl Carrot Apple Muffins naturally sweet. Don’t be fooled by the grainy look of these vegan and gluten-free muffins. The muffins taste like carrot cake, but are delicious enough to eat without frosting!
Bring Paint and Tofu’s Baked Apple Chips to a fall tailgate, bonfire or enjoy as a festive snack at work. Baked in a light coat of cinnamon and sugar, the apple chips will spread the fall scent throughout the house and leave you with a guilt-free treat.