Now that Autumn is in full swing, we’re all craving those classic fall desserts. Apples and pumpkin and cinnamon, oh my! Apple season is at its peak and that means one thing- apple pie. There is something so delicious and so comforting about a homemade, fresh-out-of-the-oven apple pie. And don’t even get me started on pumpkin. Pumpkin is like a leprechaun, one second it’s right in front of your face and the next second it’s gone for the whole year. I swear, I think I’ll buy/eat/make anything pumpkin just because its, well pumpkin, and I want as much of it as possible before fall is over and we’re onto peppermint and eggnog. Have you ever had pumpkin donuts? They are out of this world, and thanks to clean eating they don’t have to be off limits! Pumpkin apple crumble? literally sounds like heaven on earth.

Desserts can be tricky and sometimes have a lot of hidden calories and fat lurking in the recipe. But now, splurging on dessert doesn’t have to mean swallowing 1,000 calories worth of sugar and butter. I’ve searched and searched and found some of the best (and most diet-friendly) fall dessert recipes ever!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups via Chocolate Covered Katie

pumpkin peanut butter cups

Okay seriously, these are making my mouth water. What could be better than peanut butter, chocolate, and pumpkin? These easy to make peanut butter cups are made with coconut oil, cocoa powder, pumpkin puree, natural peanut butter, and of course cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The flavor of these tasty fall treats really hit the spot , and at only 45 calories each cup, you have nothing to feel guilty about!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts via The Sweet Life

apple cider donuts

These delicious apple cider donuts look and taste fabulous, without the added sugars and oil. This recipe uses maple syrup and applesauce to sweeten the donuts and you could make the recipe a little bit healthier (if you want) by using whole wheat or oat flour instead of all purpose. Apple cider donuts are such a key part in my fall food list that I couldn’t dream of not eating them…and thanks to this recipe I can eat them and not feel bad about it!

Clean Eating Pumpkin Donuts via The Gracious Pantry


Pumpkin donuts might be the best invention since sliced bread. For real. Once I found this healthy recipe for clean pumpkin donuts I was literally in heaven. Are they still clean if you eat the whole batch? This recipe from The Gracious Pantry uses super healthy ingredients like Greek yogurt, almond milk, applesauce, and whole wheat flour to keep these donuts clean (and delicious). There’s even a recipe for a quick, easy to make glaze. Sounds sugary? Think again- even the glaze is healthy! Glaze your healthy baked pumpkin donuts with this awesome glaze made with whey protein powder, vanilla, and almond milk. Yum!

Healthy Apple Pie via The Healthy Foodie

healthy apple pie

Have my pie and eat it too? Sign me up! This recipe for healthy apple pie is simple to make and tastes amazing. You won’t even notice that theres no added sugar or butter! This unbelievable homemade apple pie is made with spelt and whole wheat flour, date paste (for sweetness), raisins, and fresh vanilla. Everyone will love this pie, and probably won’t asked for the store bought stuff ever again!

Pumpkin Apple Crumble via Rather Be Baking

pumpkin apple crumble

The thought of having apple and pumpkin in the same dessert is seriously making my mouth water. I need to make this recipe ASAP. This recipe from Rather Be Baking uses organic apples, pumpkin butter, and oats to make this crumble out of this world. To make this recipe even healthier, you can use whole wheat or oat flour in place of all purpose flour and you could use a healthier butter alternative, like Earth Balance, in place of the butter. You could also use maple syrup instead of the small amount of brown sugar, but hey a little bit of sugar every once in a while is a good thing. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite fall dessert recipe?

Carlie is a rising senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a communication major and psychology minor with a focus in interpersonal communication. She loves working out and being outside. She also loves to cook and experiment making delicious recipes and favorite foods healthier. Her guilty pleasure is watching cartoon movies (Despicable Me is probably her favorite). Her absolute two favorite foods are peanut butter and frozen yogurt. Someday she would love to write for a food magazine or a fitness magazine. Email her with any questions about the site.