Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo
Health

3 Healthy Pumpkin Desserts to Satisfy Your Fall Cravings

If you’re dedicated to eating a little healthier this Thanksgiving, don’t worry; you don’t have to scrap the dessert table quite yet! With these three healthy pumpkin treats, you can enjoy your holiday without any guilt.

1.  PUMPKIN PROTEIN SHAKE (GF, V)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree 
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice,
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in your blender, then blend until smooth.

2. PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (v, GFA)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats (could be gluten-free oats)
  • 3/4 cup flour (could substitute almond flour if gluten-free)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1-4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together your choice of flour, oats, spices, and baking powder in a bowl. Mix the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Combine the dry mixture, stirring until fully incorporated. Finish it off by folding in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the dough into round balls on a greased baking sheet and flatten to your size of choice. Bake for 10-15 minutes and cool for an additional 10 minutes when done.

3. FLOURLESS PUMPKIN MUFFINS (GF)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ⅓ cups almond butter
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the chocolate chips. After everything is fully incorporated, fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon your mix onto a greased muffin tray, about 3/4 of the way full. 

Bake for about 20 minutes. Let muffins rest for 5-10 minutes, then remove from the tin and let cool completely on a wire rack. 

Rilee Lucas

Fordham '24

Hey everyone, I'm Rilee! I'm a journalism major currently in my junior year at Fordham University. When I'm not writing, you can find me listening to old-school R&B and watching Basketball <3