3 Thanksgiving pies your family will thank you for making

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First things first:

I LOVE THANKSGIVING FOOD, AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!

Incorporating my own recipes for healthier Thanksgiving sides into my menu last year was a huge step for this stuffing-obsessed, mashed potato-mad, green bean casserole-gaga and creamed corn-crazed girl.

(To be clear, that’s me.)

And we haven’t even discussed dessert! The classics have always made my short list of favorites: pumpkin, pecan and apple pies. However, all of these are packed with sugar, among other unhealthy ingredients. In my versions of these recipes, I swap out the sugar for stevia, a calorie- and carbohydrate-free sweetener that has no artificial ingredients. Another calorie saver is that the recipes are also crustless, which cuts more than 100 calories from each slice. These recipes include additional healthy swaps, as well, which are listed within each recipe below.

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I use this name versus “pumpkin pie yogurt,” because it actually tastes like pumpkin pie – while not having to consume the flour, salt, granulated sugar, butter, cream and eggs found in the traditional recipes.

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2-15 oz. cans pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup stevia
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 6 graham crackers, crumbled

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 12 oz. of the yogurt and all remaining ingredients, except for graham crackers. Whip with a spoon.
  2. Divide graham crackers into small dessert bowls, and cover with pumpkin pie mixture. Finish with a dollop of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt.

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This recipe swaps the following:

  • Granulated sugar for stevia
  • Eggs for egg whites
  • Regular flour for whole wheat flour
  • Butter for coconut oil

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • ¼ cup stevia
  • 1 cup natural honey
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp. almondmilk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. bag or cups chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and coat pie dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and transfer to greased pie plate.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

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This recipe swaps the following:

  • Regular flour for whole wheat flour
  • Granulated sugar for stevia
  • Eggs for egg whites
  • Coconut oil for butter

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 12 slices per apple)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup stevia
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. egg whites
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and coat 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place apples in dish.
  3. Combine flour, stevia, cinnamon and egg whites, mix until it becomes a crumble and pour over the apples.
  4. Pour coconut oil over the apples and flour mixture.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

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