It’s hard to not go overboard with the sweets this time of year!
We’re busy, so we grab what’s easy.
We’re a little stressed, so we eat more sugar than we want to.
We celebrate more this time of year (with candy, cookies, sugary coffee drinks and dranks)
If you’re like me, you’re probably fine with a little indulgence now and then. But, you’ve done that– you’ve already had the caramel apple muffin from your local bakery or a few pumpkin spice lattes.
You find yourself still craving a treat, but you also want to feel good after eating it. No bloated tummy, no fuzzy head or drag-through-the-afternoon sugar lows.
Here are all of my favorite fall treats… it’s a roundup of recipes that satisfy cravings AND give you loads of energy.
Pumpkin Pie Dip
If you’ve ever made traditional pumpkin pie dip, then you know it’s often made with chemical-laden cool-whip. This version is vegan and is rich with healthy fat, protein and fiber. A really delicious snack or dessert! Makes about 1 cup.
1 cup raw cashews
Water to cover
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 TBL maple syrup
3 TBL almond or cashew milk, or water
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp. salt
1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 8 hours. Drain and discard water.
2. In a high powered blender (like a Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja), combine all ingredients and blend until very smooth (this may take awhile).
3. Refrigerate for 2 hours to enhance flavor. Serve with pear and apple slices or graham crackers. If you’d like, freeze in small 4oz canning jars. Just pull one out the night before, let it defrost in the fridge and eat for a snack the next day.
PUMPKIN CHIA SEED PUDDING
Click here for the recipe for Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding. This pudding is super filling and makes a great grab-n-go breakfast or snack. It’s also packed with omega 3s, iron, calcium and beta carotene.
PEPPERMINT MOCHA, COCONUT ALMOND MOCHA, CHAI TEA OR A GINGERBREAD LATTE
Click here for the recipes for these delicious coffee drinks. If you find yourself getting fancy coffee drinks several times a week, try one of these healthier alternatives (and avoid the weight gain and increased sugar cravings that come with the coffee shop variety).
CREAMY PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
Click here for the recipe for this Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. It will feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast! Plus, it’s rich in fiber and beta carotene.
PUMPKIN SPICE POWERBALLS
Click here for the recipe for these yummy Pumpkin Spice Powerballs. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, a pre-workout snack or a snack for the kids on the way to swim practice. They’re incredibly easy to prepare (no baking!) and will last a long time in the fridge. Sweet without added sugar.
CRANBERRY ORANGE MUFFINS
Click here for the recipe! These grain-free and gluten-free muffins will feel indulgent, but they’re good for you. Packed with fiber and protein, they make a great breakfast or snack.
BANANA HARVEST MUFFINS
Click here for the recipe for Banana Harvest Muffins. This recipe is sweetened with fruit– no added sugar used! These guys are perfect for kids– they’re packed full of nutrients and fiber yet taste familiar and sweet.
Now it’s your turn! In the comments below, share your favorite fall indulgences. And, pick something in this list to try this weekend. We’ll balance out that Halloween candy with these yummy, healthy snacks (that are easy to make!).