HEALTHY FALL DESSERT RECIPES

September 06, 2023

HEALTHY FALL DESSERT RECIPES

Looking for healthy fall dessert recipes with apples, pumpkins, maple, spices and pecans? Also hoping to find something gluten-free, dairy-free, low in sugar and high in protein? I have got you covered with this delicious roundup of favorite fall desserts. 

I started recipe blogging back in 2015 under my former pen name "No Excuses Chick." Now 8 years later, I've learned so much about baking, photography, and blogging in general! My mindset has also become a lot more balanced towards food and I'm now dairy-free and gluten-free. As always, my recipes are macro-friendly, low sugar, and usually have some added protein for staying power!

Apple Caramel Protein Scones

These Caramel Apple Protein Scones are the perfect healthy fall treat (or breakfast)! Think tender crumbly texture, golden brown edges, cinnamon apple chunks, all drizzled with low sugar caramel. Best of all, these scones are gluten-free and low in sugar with a healthy boost of collagen protein! Get the recipe here.

Apple Caramel Protein Scones

Protein Apple Crisp (For One)

This Protein Apple Crisp for One has warm sweet-tart apples, rich flavors of brown sugar and butter, and a crunchy oatmeal streusel on top. Perfect with melty vanilla ice cream! Did I mention it’s healthy and under 200 calories for the whole thing? You know what that means… no self control needed! This is one of those recipes I make over and over. Recipe here.

Protein Apple Crisp for One

Protein Apple Crisp (Dairy Free)

Apple desserts have to be my favorite - and this Protein Apple Crisp did not disappoint! Baked cinnamon apples are layered between two buttery layers of oat crisp, with a hint of cardamom for those "apple pie" vibes. It's the perfect healthy dessert topped with your choice of dairy-free or protein vanilla ice cream! Trust me, you need the recipe

Protein Apple Crisp (Dairy Free)

Apple Cider Protein Donuts (Vegan)

These Apple Cider Protein Donuts are vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free while keeping that classic apple cider taste! They have a crispy exterior you’ll swear is deep-fried, and a crave-worthy cinnamon “sugar” coating. I am seriously contemplating making a third batch… they’re that good. Surprisingly, there’s only 1 gram of sugar per donut, with 9 grams of complete protein! Recipe here :)

Apple Cider Protein Donuts (Vegan)

Apple Crumble Protein Muffins (Vegan)

These Apple Crumble Protein Muffins are full of apple cinnamon goodness and topped with a buttery oat crumble (yummm). They’re also gluten-free, low in fat and sugar, and high in protein! The texture is tender but dense – definitely hearty enough to keep you full for a couple hours. That’s why I love protein in my baked goodies – it transforms a “treat” into a more filling snack. Grab the recipe!

Apple Crumble Protein Muffins (Vegan)

Apple Pie Baked Protein Oatmeal

This Apple Pie Baked Protein Oatmeal tastes so good, I kept returning to the fridge for another bite! If you’ve never had baked oatmeal before, it’s basically a moist, hearty oat cake. This healthy version tastes like straight-up apple pie (hence the name)! It’s also vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, low sugar, high in protein, and can be easily made gluten-free using certified gluten-free rolled oats. I just love it topped with sugar-free caramel sauce! Here's the recipe :)

Apple Pie Baked Protein Oatmeal

Caramel Apple Pancakes

These 3-ingredient pancakes are topped with sautéed apples, walnuts, raisins, and a sugar-free caramel sauce. They always come out so moist and fluffy, and they couldn’t be easier to make! And the caramel sauce is TO. DIE. FOR. Recipe here.

Caramel Apple Protein Pancakes

Pumpkin Pie Protein Oatmeal

Conflicted about the seasons? Top your Pumpkin Pie Protein Oatmeal with ICE CREAM! Seriously, it’s so good. This pumpkin pie protein oatmeal has become an everyday indulgence – I literally can’t stop eating it! It’s full of protein and fiber to keep you full, and of course plenty of pumpkin and sweet spice to delight your tastebuds. Grab the recipe here

Pumpkin Pie Protein Oatmeal

Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake

This Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake satisfies my cravings, fit my macros, and is ready in less than 5 minutes. BAM. Cake, get in my mouth! This cake is satisfying enough to replace one of my regular meals, or have as an extra meal on leg day. Not sure if I love leg day because it’s super hard core, or simply because I get to eat more. Hmmmm… anyway, get the recipe here.

Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake

Pumpkin Spice Protein Cupcakes

These pumpkin spice protein cupcakes are beyond scrumptious! I can’t decide what I love most: the macros, the maple cream cheese frosting, or the moist spiced cake…. but at any rate, these are a must try if you’re a fan of pumpkin. You can find the recipe here :)

Pumpkin Spice Protein Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles

Definitely the best waffles I’ve made. They’re irresistible topped with pure maple syrup and chopped pecans (Mmm). Not to mention, each waffle packs 20 grams of protein, with only 4 grams of sugar and less than 8 grams of fat. These are also gluten-free if you use sorghum flour like I did. Vegan subs included! Recipe here.

Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles

Pumpkin Protein Cinnamon Rolls

These Pumpkin Protein Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect festive fall breakfast. The texture is doughy just like you’d expect from a fresh-baked cinnamon roll, and the flavor is sweet pumpkin spice with a rich maple cream frosting. Oh my yummm! Because there’s no yeast in this recipe, you can have warm cinnamon rolls on your table in 30 minutes or less. Best of all, each full-sized roll is only 250 calories with 18 grams of protein and just 7 grams of sugar, including the frosting. Snag the recipe here!

Pumpkin Protein Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Collagen Protein Blondies

These Pumpkin Collagen Protein Blondies were the best healthy snack with my early morning coffee! These blondies are the perfect balance of cakey and fudgey, and full of pumpkin spice and dark chocolate chips. Seriously – they taste as good as any bakery! Hard to believe they’re low carb, virtually sugar-free, gluten-free and high-protein, with only 109 calories per serving! Here's the recipe

Pumpkin Collagen Protein Blondies

Iced Pumpkin Protein Bread (Vegan)

This Iced Pumpkin Protein Bread is vegan, gluten-free, and low in sugar… the perfect snack to pair with coffee or chai tea (mmm). Even though this bread has 14 grams of protein per slice, it’s ridiculously soft, heavy with moisture, and full of pumpkin spice flavor! That dairy-free cream cheese is just the icing on the err… bread ;) I love this so much I’ve made it four times already! Click here for the recipe.

Iced Pumpkin Protein Bread (Vegan)

Pumpkin Pie Protein Truffles (Vegan)

Pumpkin and white chocolate is one of my favorite fall flavor combos! These Pumpkin Pie Protein Truffles taste like pumpkin pie rolled into balls and smothered with rich white chocolate. They're also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and easily made low carb and keto. So irresistible I've made two batches already! Literally cannot distinguish these from full sugar treats. Recipe here!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Truffles

White Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Cookies

I can’t get enough of these soft-baked White Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Cookies! I don’t know about you, but I think white chocolate and pumpkin are a match made in heaven. There’s something about the rich pumpkin and warm spices combined with melty white chocolate that I just can’t resist! I may or may not have eaten half the batch the first day (luckily half the batch is just 400 calories)… and these are full-sized cookies! Here's the recipe!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Vegan)

These Iced Pumpkin Protein Cookies require no self control because you can enjoy the whole batch (all six cookies) for just over 300 calories! Plus, they’re vegan, gluten-free, and virtually sugar-free. Even better is the soft-baked texture, rich pumpkin spice flavor, and lickable sugar-free icing! Yumm. Recipe here

Iced Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Vegan)

Pumpkin Chip Collagen Muffins

Considering my obsession with collagen muffins and pumpkin, these Pumpkin Chip Collagen Protein Muffins had to happen. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, low in sugar, and perfect for meal prep! Get the recipe and get baking ;)

Pumpkin Chip Collagen Muffins

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Protein Donuts

What’s your favorite donut flavor? For me, it’s definitely maple glazed. So of course, I have to make these Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Protein Donuts! It took several tries, but the texture of these gluten-free pumpkin spice protein donuts is perfect – dense enough to break apart, yet tender and cake-y. I also love how the maple glaze hardens into a sweet shell! Grab the recipe here.

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spice Protein Donuts

Mini Pumpkin Pies (Low Fat, Low Sugar)

These cute mini pies taste just like the classic with a crumbly crust and pudding-like pumpkin filling rich in sweet spices. They’re just divine with dairy-free coconut whipped cream! Best of all, they’re low-sugar and low-fat, at just over 100 calories each. You can easily make these pies vegan and Paleo too, making them the perfect portion-controlled dessert for any crowd. Get the recipe here!

Mini Pumpkin Pies (Low Fat, Low Sugar)

Pumpkin Chip Protein Bread (GF,DF)

This Pumpkin Chip Protein Bread has a rich, tender texture full of pumpkin spice and chocolate chips (no dry protein bread here). The kids and I can't get enough! Best of all, it's gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and easily made egg-free and vegan. This bread has become a fall tradition in our home and once you try it, you'll know why ;) Recipe here

Pumpkin Chip Protein Bread

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

For these pumpkin spice pancakes, I used 100% pure pumpkin from a can (not pumpkin pie filling) and nonfat plain Greek yogurt for a rich, moist texture. You need this recipe

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

Caramel Pecan Protein Cinnamon Rolls

These dairy-free, gluten-free rolls make the perfect holiday breakfast! Each doughy cinnamon roll is topped with an irresistible caramel pecan topping that no one will guess is low in sugar (shhh). Best of all, you can whip these yeast-free rolls up in less than an hour! I make these every year and have no plans of stopping anytime soon! Recipe here.

Caramel Pecan Protein Cinnamon Rolls

 Well friends, that concludes the Healthy Fall Dessert Recipe roundup! Please drop a comment if there's any fall dessert recipe you'd like me to recreate in a healthier version :) Also, let me know which one you're making first!

In health,
Sarah Wilkins
The Nutritionist Mom

 

 





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