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Diet-friendly alternatives for seasonal indulgences

Emily M. White is a freelance writer based out of New York City who specializes in writing about lifestyle and women's issues.

Diet-Friendly Autumn Treats

When breezes turn cool and cardigans cover tank tops, your cravings switch from summer's iced coffees and lemonades to hot chocolates and apple ciders. When autumn arrives, your palate is re-awakened by the tantalizing tastes of cinnamon, apple, pumpkin and chocolate. Of course, it is only natural to "eat seasonally" but it is equally important to make sure these seasonal treats do not overwhelm your daily caloric intake. Here are some diet-friendly sweets, courtesy of Hungry Girl.

Peachy Keen Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

Makes 12

Diet-Friendly Autumn TreatsIngredients:
1-1/4 cups regular oats (not quick or instant)
3/4 cup Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup Egg Beaters, original
1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 cup canned peaches in juice or water, drained, chopped
1/4 cup Splenda, granular
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Spoon mixture into a 12-cup muffin tin sprayed well with nonstick cooking spray. Bake muffins for 20 minutes, or until muffins have puffed up and tops are firm and golden. Allow to cool before removing from muffin tin. Enjoy! (Don't you love recipes that are this easy!)

Per muffin: 80 calories, 1g fat, 160mg sodium, 14g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 3.5g protein = 1 Point

Mmmmm, brown sugar apples up next

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