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Healthy fall desserts

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Guilt-free fall desserts

Instead of packing in the calories, enjoy one of these delicious low-calorie, healthy desserts perfect for fall. Prepare these fall-inspired healthy desserts to satisfy your cool weather sweet tooth without breaking your diet.

Individual apple crisps

Think fall fruit (and vegetables):

Some of the best fall desserts center around all the delicious fall fruits and vegetables that are available. Pumpkin, apples, bananas, cranberries, grapes, pears, sweet potatoes, chestnuts, and pomegranates among many others are perfect to add to all kinds of desserts and they instantly become a little healthier. You should especially take advantage of apple season and make lots of crisps, pies, cakes, tarts, and muffins.

Use healthy low-fat/calorie ingredients:

If you have tried and true fall recipes that you love, simply substituting a few lower calorie or fat ingredients for the regular versions can instantly keep you a little healthier. For instance, if you are using cream cheese in a carrot cake using the low-fat version will knock off a few calories and fat grams. For baking, try not to use fat-free substitutions or if you do, mix it half and half with low-fat option so you still get the same taste and texture. You can also use sugar substitutes that are made specifically for baking which work great and you can't even taste the difference. Applesauce is also a great substitute for oil and egg substitute or egg whites for whole eggs.

Make bite-sized sweets:

Instead of making a huge cake that you will inevitably eat more than you should of, make individual or bite-sized desserts that you can freeze and pull out when you are craving sweets. Mini cupcakes are a great example or even individual sized pudding cups or ramekins filled with a small tart or pie. It may be a little extra work but the temptation won't be there so you will save lots of calories.

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