16 Healthier Recipes For Your Favorite Fall Desserts

You don't have to consume your weight in butter this holiday season.

When autumn rolls around, there’s just no keeping us out of the kitchen.

Our cinnamon consumption increases tenfold, mugs brimming with spiced tea and hot chocolate become everyday accessories and our diet consists of ninety-percent baked goods.

And while baking is fun and fruitful, it often feels like every recipe is full of processed sugar, heaps of butter and tons of calories. Granted, that’s not a terrible thing ― but there are ways to make your favorite fall desserts a little healthier.

Make your favorite fall recipes significantly more nutritious by using more natural flours, nuts, fruit and fewer refined sugars. With these delicious swaps and substitutions, you can feed your love of baking without consuming your weight in butter.

Below, 16 healthier alternatives for your most beloved fall recipes.

1
Fall's ultimate classic, with homemade pumpkin puree and a lighter crust
Skinny Taste
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2
Vegan pumpkin scones that are totally breakfast-appropriate
Hot For Food
3
An alternative to pie that puts the apples front and center
How Sweet It Is
4
Gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies with no refined sugar
Lemons & Basil
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5
A decadent fudge made with just 7 simple ingredients
Oh She Glows
6
A pecan pie with *gasp* no butter
The Natural Nurturer
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7
Apple cinnamon muffins made with whole-wheat flour
Sally's Baking Addiction
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8
Hot chocolate with all of the flavor and none of the unnatural ingredients
Fit Foodie Finds
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9
Gluten-free apple crisp with the most incredible crumble
Cookie + Kate
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10
Fudgy brownies you won't believe are vegan
Earthly Taste
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11
A low-calorie pumpkin cheesecake bar (what an oxymoron)
Chocolate Covered Katie
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12
Toffee bites made with dates and dark chocolate
Earthly Taste
13
An energy-packed twist on fall's favorite flavor
Desserts With Benefits
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14
Pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes that make greek yogurt taste like dessert
Skinny Taste
15
A picture-perfect bark chock-full of crunchy toppings
Lemons & Basil
16
Moist pumpkin cake without all the fat
Amy's Healthy Baking
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