When there’s a meal with so many offerings, like the soon to arrive Thanksgiving dinner, it’s always much more enjoyable to have a well rounded collection of food. The staples must not be left out, but it doesn’t hurt to let a few new guys into the T-day club.
One great way to add something “new” without straying too far from your norm is by incorporating the same dishes, only with healthier ingredients. DailyBurn has some amazing recipes, such as the “Juicy Baked Apples” and “Dairy-Free Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole,” which are easy to prepare. Plus, they’re both less than 600 calories per serving.
Preparing the recipes below will allow you to make traditional sweets but keep things well rounded at Thanksgiving Dinner. They’re so delicious even the pickiest, “anti-healthy” eaters will enjoy them! Why not give them a try and feel fabulous, not overly full, after Thanksgiving this year?
Juicy Baked Apples
Baked apples are a tasty guilt-free dessert. This dessert is high in vitamins C and E, plus apples are high in fiber.
Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 30 | Ready In: 35 min
2 tbsps of Maple syrup
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
2 tbsps of Chopped pecans
2 tbsps of Chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup of Boiling water
2 tbsps of Coconut oil
1 tbsp of Ground flaxseed
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix maple syrup, cinnamon, pecans, dried cranberries, and ground flaxseed.
2) Core two apples with an apple corer, or use a paring knife to slice off the top of the apple and carefully cut out the core.
3) Use a spoon to scoop the pecan mixture into each apple. Place 1 tsp of coconut oil on top of the apple stuffing. Add water to a baking dish and place apples in the water.
4) Bake for 30 minutes and serve immediately.
Dairy-Free Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
We’ve substituted coconut oil and coconut milk for the butter and milk in a traditional sweet potato casserole recipe. Our take on sweet potato casserole also uses maple syrup instead of brown sugar for an all-natural alternative.
Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 40 | Ready In: 50 min
8 Sweet potatoes, mashed
3/4 cup of Maple syrup
1 cup of Pecans
1 tsp of Vanilla extract
1/2 cup of Coconut milk
2 wholes of Eggs
1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 tsp of Allspice
1/2 tsp of Nutmeg
1/2 tsp of Salt
2/3 cup of Almond flour
1)Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed sweet potatoes, .5 cup of maple syrup (set aside .25 cup for topping), vanilla extract, coconut milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
2) In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, almond flour, and pecans.
3) Spread sweet potato mixture into a 9×13 glass pan. Drizzle nut topping mixture over the top of the sweet potato mixture. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the top of the casserole is slightly browned.
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