Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

November 20, 2023   6 Comments

Healthy Thanksgiving desserts are pretty hard to find. The big favorite for Thanksgiving is pecan pie which is nowhere near the list of healthy choices.

Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

I love pecan pie but I also love apples and lighter food after the feast that is Thanksgiving.

You don’t have to continue to stuff yourself after you eat the stuffing.

All of these options are easy to make and bring with you and I know that there will be people who admire your bravery for showing up with healthy options.

Here is my favorite list of Thanksgiving tips to make your holiday easier (as well as healthier):

  1. Do not throw your food. I don’t care if Uncle Charlie is making you angry with his bizarre political views - keep it together.
  2. No snacking. The main event is enough to fill you for days.
  3. Take a walk. If you don’t have a good trail or sidewalk to walk on then do a short exercise video. This will help you decompress before the red wine starts to pour.
  4. Fill your own plate. If you can - look for a smaller plate and a smaller glass to keep your portions in check.
  5. Hide in the bathroom. When you need a break, find a bathroom FAR away from everyone else and read or do a puzzle on your phone. (you will thank me for this one later)
  6. Enjoy your food. Do not go on and on about how the food is going on your hips.
  7. Drink sparkling wine or champagne instead of beer or wine. Only 90 calories per glass and oh so festive.
  8. Only eat the homemade desserts. Store bought is not for you on Thanksgiving.
  9. If you have a cooking disaster toss it out before anyone notices and DO NOT CRY. Just kidding - you can cry! Remember, Thanksgiving is about family and friends – not the food.
  10. Freeze the leftovers immediately. Keeping all that food where you can see it in your fridge will lead to more overeating. I know all about turkey, cranberry, and stuffing sandwiches at 2 AM.

What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving desserts?

1. Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Get the recipe here: Homemade Apple Pie Filling Recipe

2. Mini Pumpkin Pies

Get the recipe here: Mini Pumpkin Pie Recipe

3. Healthy Apple Crisp


Get the recipe here: Healthy Apple Crisp Recipe

4. Swedish Apple Pie

Get the recipe here: Swedish Apple Pie Recipe

5. Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad

Get the recipe here: Apple Cranberry Fruit Salad Recipe

6. Almond Date Lemon Balls

Get the recipe here: Almond Date Lemon Balls Recipe

7. Low Calorie Cheesecake

Get the recipe here: Low Calorie Cheescake Recipe

8. Fruit Pizza

Get the recipe here: Fruit Pizza Recipe

9. Berry No-Bake Mason Jar Dessert

Get the recipe here: Berry No-Bake Mason Jar Recipe

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I am very, very thankful for you, Snack Girl, all throughout the year, for bringing us healthy, easy ways to feed ourselves and our families. And, with a great sense of humor and in a very real way. Thanks for the tips - especially the one about hiding in the bathroom! Also appreciated are the lighter holiday desserts. I notice that the healthier desserts disappear at gatherings very quickly and are enjoyed and asked about. Blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Thank you for the tips. I have actually left a party to hide in a bathroom! It works; I return calm, refreshed, and ready to deal with crazy uncles (or sisters). LoL! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Oh how I will miss the turkey stuffing and cranberry sandwich this year! What great tips, thank you! Happy Thanksgiving y'all

When overwhelmed with many dessert choices after a large holiday meal, try portion management. First decide how many bites of dessert you want to have. Take a small scoop of some. Cut yourself a smaller piece from a larger price.

Happy Thanksgiving to you. Love these tips and how you keep it light and funny.

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