Thanksgiving, despite the obvious upsides, has a tendency to strike fear in the hearts of anyone who is actively committed to a diet. And with over a third of Americans currently claiming to be on a diet, the biggest cheat day of them all has the potential to be bigger than ever.
But, as they say, moderation is key. So even after what may be a less-than-modest Thanksgiving meal, indulging in a little dessert is not the end of the world – especially if the dessert is handcrafted with natural ingredients.
To celebrate, we’ve put together a roundup of some of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts that aren’t the typical pie. And while far from a kale smoothie, these desserts call for less processed ingredients and are therefore a little more diet-friendly.
Besides, what’s Thanksgiving without a sweet ending?
Sweet Potato Cake
You read that right. Sweet potato cake is really a thing and it’s really delicious. The cake itself augments the sweetness of sweet potatoes with added help from granulated and brown sugars, and ground ginger and nutmeg gives it a surprising edge. The best part, though, is the frosting, which has one ingredient you’re likely never seen before in a cake recipe. View the recipe for Sweet Potato Cake on Delish.
Honey-and-Butter-Baked Pears with Cold Cream
Pears are great on their own – but when you caramelize them? What else could we possibly say? Take a look at the recipe and see what you think.
Mango and Pumpkin Spice Cake
The fruit of the summer, the vegetable of the fall. All in one amazing cake. With a warm spiciness and a fruitly lift, you might wonder what month it is – but we don’t think you’ll mind. See the whole recipe here.
Remember Debbie Swiss Rolls? Well, this is the modern era, grown-up version. Somehow, they taste even better than they look. Find out how to make them.
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip And Macadamia Nut Cookies
These cookies are transforming a classic into a Thanksgiving must-have. If you’re a fan of the original, and enjoy anything cranberry, you’ll love this carefully constructed recipe.
Bourbon Pumpkin Mousse
If a pumpkin pie was a light, fluffy mousse, this would be it. And with a hint of smoky bourbon, it’s taken to a level of sophistication and warmth that’s the perfect close to a Thanksgiving meal. This one is fun to make, surprisingly straightforward, and a huge hit with guests. Take a look here.