We love fall! Here in San Diego, we don’t get much seasonal variation. The palm tree leaves don’t change colors. But we do get brisker mornings and cooler nights. While there is rarely a nip to our air, there are definitely signs of the passing of the year. We’re pulling our sweaters out of the bottom drawers of our dressers and getting cozy with extra blankets at night!
One thing we don’t love about fall is the massive bags of candy calling to us from the Halloween displays in the supermarket. It feels like they appear earlier and earlier every year. Resisting the urge to put one in your cart can be arduous!
That’s why today we’re sharing low-carb dessert recipes that are also lower in fat than many of the treats you would find in the store. None of these are health foods. But they’ll help you avoid the worst of what’s out there. They might not be everyday indulgences, but they will help you enjoy the season without derailing all your health plans!
When you hear “apple fritter,” there is no way you think it can be part of a low-carb or low-fat plan. But these fritters are baked and cut out the traditional flour and sugar! Shockingly, the recipe uses real apple chunks. Anyone who eats low-carb knows that apples usually can’t be used in low-carb baking, but this recipe pulls it off to get the taste of an apple fritter. A serving has 100 calories, two grams of carbs, 1.4 grams of fiber and 8.2 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
Making doughnuts at home sounds really difficult. But this recipe for cake doughnuts couldn’t be easier. The recipe requires a blender and a doughnut mold. We have previously shared recipes for doughnuts, so you may own a mold already. If you don’t, you could make them muffin-shaped, but keep an eye on them in the oven. You blend all the liquid ingredients and pour them into the dry ingredients. A doughnut has 217 calories, six grams of carbs, three grams of fiber and 18 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
This is another maple-forward recipe that will be a hit for pecan pie fans! It has a thick, soft shortbread crust and a pecan caramel on top. It’s tough to believe that this is a keto recipe. For us, the best thing is that it’s a no-bake recipe. We’re feeling very autumnal, but we still have days when it’s too warm to turn on the oven in San Diego. We know that some of you are in the same boat! This is the perfect treat if you want the taste of fall without warming up your kitchen! A serving has 132 calories, seven grams of carbs, four grams of fiber and 12 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
Pumpkin is the king of fall flavors. As the months go on, we’ll share pumpkin recipes a lot. This is your best option if you can’t decide if you want a pumpkin pie-flavored soft, chewy cookie or a chocolate chip cookie. It’s a one-two punch you will love! They contain pumpkin puree as well as pumpkin pie spice. And they have cashew butter and an egg yolk to make them nice and chewy instead of cake-like. A serving has 174 calories, seven grams of carbs, three grams of fiber and 15 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
You will surely get a fall feeling by making one of these four recipes. You’ll find yourself decorating for Halloween or enjoying your yard clean-up more. Maybe you’ll break out singing the Monster Mash. You’ll have to see how the fall feeling moves you!