Pumpkin spice season has officially arrived. You’re ready to sip that pumpkin spice coffee, but you need more than that to get your fall fix. There are plenty of delicious yet low-calorie sweets and treats you can bake all season without feeling guilty! Give these recipes a shot:
1. Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe from PopSugar will help you tend to that sweet craving for only 90 calories a serving. You’ll need:
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
First, heat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, sugar, coconut oil, flaxseed and vanilla. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry and mix well, then fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop tablespoons of batter an inch apart onto the cookie sheet until it’s covered. Press dough down using the back of a spoon.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Move to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
2. Classic Pumpkin Pie
What’s the season of fall without a slice of pumpkin pie? Don’t rob yourself of this delicious seasonal dessert – just make this low-fat recipe from Cooking Light magazine. You’ll need:
For the filling:
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 12-ounce can evaporated low-fat milk
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 large egg
- 1 15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin
For the crust:
- 1/2 package refrigerated pie dough
For the topping
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon amaretto
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
First, heat your oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking sheet and a 9-inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
To prepare the crust, roll the dough into an 11-inch circle. Place it in the pie plate and fold edges under. Set aside.
To prepare the filling, mix brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, low-fat milk, egg whites and the egg in a large bowl. Gradually add the pumpkin and whisk until fully combined.
Pour filling into the pie crust, then place pie plate on the baking sheet. Arrange it on the lowest rack in the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Lower temperature to 350 degrees, then cook for an additional 50 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Prepare the topping by beating the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Add the amaretto and powdered sugar, then beat until fully blended. Top each pie slice with a dollop of cream and enjoy!
3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Looking for a sweet pumpkin treat to grab on the go? Try this recipe from food blog Two Peas and Their Pod. You’ll need:
- 3 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
First, heat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8 inch-by-8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, spices and salt together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey and vanilla extra until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir well, then fold in the chocolate chips.
Press the oat mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars, wrap them individually and enjoy throughout the week!