For many people, fall is the best season of the year: The weather shifts from brutally hot to crisp and cool, and the foliage transforms from vibrant greens to blazing golds, reds, and oranges. The sight of wooden supermarket crates overflowing with pumpkins and squash can’t help but trigger memories of childhood visits to pumpkin patches. But the best thing about autumn is undoubtedly the seasonal food and drink. It only takes one sip of hot apple cider to remember that.
But with fall flavors come fall indulgences. The famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) pumpkin spice latte packs on hundreds of calories. Pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie are loaded with butter, sugar, and saturated fat. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cider doughnut or a warm slice of apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream, but I believe we can indulge responsibly. These recipes embody the best flavors fall has to offer without the globs of butter and cups of sugar.
Here are 13 healthy versions of favorite fall foods.