With fall comes an abundance of pumpkins and apples — and cold-weather cravings for cozy desserts. Here are five fall-inspired desserts, all with under 250 calories per serving.
1. GRANDMA’S PUMPKIN PIE DESSERT SQUARES | KIM’S CRAVINGS
This 150-calorie dessert is reminiscent of your grandmother’s pumpkin pie, just in square form — and with far fewer calories. With 35 servings in a batch, this makes for an ideal dessert for a fall potluck.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 150; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 50mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 1g
2. CINNAMON BAKED PEARS | JESSICA IN THE KITCHEN
These pears make for an elegant ending to a dinner party. With just five ingredients, including blood-sugar stabilizing cinnamon and maple syrup as a natural sweetener, this dessert can be whipped up in a half-hour. Recipe makes 2 servings at 2 pear halves each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 113; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 2mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 1g
3. APPLE CRANBERRY CRUMBLE | SKINNYTASTE
This lightened-up crumble combines the tart and sweet flavors of seasonal cranberries and apples. While the recipe calls for Gala apples, you can swap in any variety of your choosing. Serve warm with a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt for a low-cal dessert (or breakfast!). Recipe makes 8 servings at 3/4 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 211; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 185mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 2g
4. PALEO PUMPKIN BARS | WHAT MOLLY MADE
These pumpkin bars are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free — an uncommon trio for desserts. Homemade maple frosting tops the pumpkin bar, imparting rich flavor at only an additional 20 calories. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 bar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 146; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 170mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 2g
5. WHOLE-WHEAT APPLE OATMEAL COOKIES WITH PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE | AMBITIOUS KITCHEN
These whole-wheat oatmeal cookies are made with shredded apple, imparting a chewy, crumbly flavor with very little added sugar at just 10 grams per serving. Peanut butter lovers, rejoice: These cookies are finished with a drizzle of PB, making them extra moist at only 133 calories. Recipe makes 18 servings at 1 cookie each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 133; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 150mg; Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 2g