Bring out the best of fall's flavors with this super-easy pumpkin dip. Canned pumpkin mixed with maple syrup and cinnamon will be a treat for your taste buds. The cream cheese used in this recipe has a third less fat and makes the dip rich and soft without too many added calories. Serve with fresh apple slices for an extra serving of vitamins and fiber.
Ingredients: Reduced-fat cream cheese, brown sugar, canned pumpkin, maple syrup, ground cinnamon
Enjoy fall-flavored cheesecake without guilt! Use Neufchâtel and fat-free cream cheese to radically reduce the amount of saturated fat. Ground coriander and cardamom mixed with vanilla enrich each bite. Sprinkle chopped hazelnuts, a good source of vitamin E, over the brown sugar-and-butter topping.
Whole-Wheat Bread With Walnuts, Sesame, and Pumpkin Seeds
Try whole-wheat bread with a new twist—add walnuts, sesame, and pumpkin seeds! Whole-wheat flour is low in fat and cholesterol, and high in figure-friendly fiber. As a bonus, walnuts are chock-full of omega 3 fatty acids, and pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein, magnesium, and zinc.
Pumpkins and carrots in one dessert? Well, they are both orange—and nutritious! Canned pumpkin combined with grated carrot, orange rind, raisins, and dried cranberries gives this unique cake a natural sweet boost. No need for heaps of added sugar! Use egg whites and whole-wheat flour for less cholesterol and saturated fat.
This decadent pie has a nutritious side, too. It has more than a day's worth of vitamin A. Plus, it contains 3 grams of fiber. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger spice up the flavorwith only 1/3 cup added brown sugar. Use whole-wheat crust for extra fiber.
Ingredients: Sugar, pecans, butter, canned pumpkin puree, whipping cream, egg, brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, salt
These tender muffins have a sugary crunch on top and make a perfect low-fat breakfast or snack. Replace up to half the white flour with whole wheat for extra fiber, and/or toss in 1/2 cup of toasted, chopped pecans to add some heart-healthy fats.
Replacing whole eggs with egg whites keeps this classic quick bread cholesterol-free and cuts the saturated fat in half, while fiber-rich pumpkin provides your entire daily vitamin A requirement with just one slice. Look for dark chocolate chips (made without milk) with at least 60% cocoa for an antioxidant boost.
Wow your guests with this beautiful fall cake topped with colorful, antioxidant-rich pomegranate seeds and mandarin oranges. Each slice provides an entire day’s worth of vitamin A, thanks to the addition of pumpkin, which also keeps the spiced cake layers tender and moist.
There's no need to be concerned about your diet while enjoying this dessert as it has half the fat of other popular puddings. And don’t worry about satisfying your sweet tooth, because the sweetness of the pumpkin won’t disappoint.
Ingredients: 2% milk, dark brown sugar, cornstarch, eggs, canned pumpkin, salt, pumpkin-pie spice
Festive and flavorful, these pancakes contain half the calories of those made with buttermilk. Plus, pumpkin contains beta-carotene, which may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offer protection against heart disease.
Pie or cake? You won’t have to choose with this delectable dessert. It incorporates all the cinnamon spice of pumpkin pie, as well as the fiber and beta-carotene of pumpkin, into a delicious cake layered with velvety cream cheese frosting—no pastry crust required.
Unlike your traditional, flour-based crust, this recipe calls in graham cracker crumbs to get the job done. To make it even healthier, use whole-wheat graham crackers. This recipe also features coconut milk, which may help improve your cholesterol.
This sweet bread uses a half-cup of whole-wheat pastry flour, which is less processed and contains more fiber than white flour. And at less than 200 calories a slice, it's a figure-friendly alternative to pumpkin pie.
In a hurry? Canned puréed pumpkin is a good option if you're short on time. A half-cup serving is loaded with nutrients, including 4 grams of filling fiber. Just be sure to buy 100 percent pure pumpkin, not sugary pumpkin pie filling.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt, unsalted butter, dark brown sugar, egg, canned pumpkin, plain yogurt, reduced-fat cream cheese, vanilla extract, confectioner's sugar
Is it a cookie, a cake, or a pie? No matter how you categorize it, this pumpkin treat is delicious. Bonus: coconut oil's main type of saturated fat, lauric acid, may help boost healthy HDL cholesterol levels.