Don't Be the Weird Relative Who Brings the Weird Thanksgiving Dish!

We've all been there.  I'm usually that person.  But, as someone who has been there and in your shoes, let me guide you, young grasshopper. There are very many unsavory and weird recipes out there that proclaim themselves as healthy, but these are some real winners!

Salted Caramel Pecan Pie Tarts

This recipe by Sprouted Routes is a great adaptation to the traditional sugar and fat filled pecan pie.  Using dates for sweetness instead of cups of sugar, gives it a subtle sweetness without being overpowering. Bonus points for this recipe is the inclusion of almond meal or flour means that it's grain and gluten-free! I love using almond meal because it gives the same consistency as flour + butter + oil, without all the fat! Promise you won't miss it! 

Baked Spiced Apples

Do you have an oven? Can you open it? That's how simple this recipe from Carolyn's Pantry is.  These apples are stuffed with a generous helping of cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The only thing better than warm spiced apples is how good your house is going to smell while they're cooking! 

Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles

Okay, so I don't eat chocolate (I know!), but if I did, I'm pretty sure I would eat these from Paleo Running Mama. My childhood old-lady-next-door, Mrs. Koch, used to make the most amazing molasses cookies, so I'm a sucker for anything that even remotely resembles gingerbread!  These use a combination of dates (are you seeing a theme here?), molasses, and cashew butter to create a deliciously, creamy center.  And topped with thick, dark chocolate? Stop it already.  


Pumpkin Pie Squares

Hi. My name is Ashley and I LOVE frosting. Seriously - my mom used to make the stuff from scratch when I was growing up and I would beg to lick the beaters. This is that good - but it uses ghee (I love 4th & Heart!) instead of butter for the paleo kick. And of course - pumpkin goodness! 

Pumpkin Pie Donut Holes

Okay ONE more pumpkin themed dessert from TexanErin before you out me for the basic white girl that I am. Listen - I love donuts, but most are made from fried dough.  These are a great alternative since as they are baked in mini muffin tins! Remember: you can always substitute any of these "too healthy" recipes for ingredients you are more familiar with, but I think you'll love these little pumpkin fluffs! 

Got a healthy Thanksgiving recipe that you love? Post it below in the comments! 

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