Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts: Low Sugar or Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie & Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cupcakes
Thanksgiving traditions like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread are musts on this day. For people on low sugar or sugar-free or gluten free diets, these goodies are passed by. Those concerned with eating healthy will find low sugar or sugar-free desserts a nice addition to Thanksgiving dinner, especially families with children and diabetics. Gluten free desserts are easy to make with the right recipe. Many recipes found on the internet will help make Thanksgiving dinner a family affair.
Low Sugar/Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pies
These is no reason to go without this Thanksgiving staple. Most recipes can be adjusted for no sugar by using Jell-O sugar-free instant vanilla pudding/pie filling instead. For a 9″ pie substitute 4 small packages of the pudding/pie filling. This recipe is also easy for children to make. Googling sugar-free pumpkin pie can return already altered recipes
The Children with Diabetes site caters to those with diabetes, particularly children. Their recipe for sugar-free pumpkin pie uses unflavored gelatin and a common sugar substitute. Children and adults will probably not even notice the difference.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin cupcakes will be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving dinner and a hit with children. What makes these even better is that they are gluten free. The recipe makes use of gluten free ingredients like gluten free baking powder and gluten-free vanilla. Instead of white flour, bakers are given a recipe for gluten free flour blend which uses rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour. Large supermarket chains should carry these white flour alternatives.
If unable to find locally, Gluten Free Mama offers a gluten-free flour mix that can be ordered on line. In addition to being able to order the flour, this web site also has a recipe section. Some of the recipe include Honey Sandwich Bread, Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies, and Waffles.
Another favorite in the Fall as well as at Thanksgiving is pumpkin bread. Life Clinic’s web site has an entire diabetic cookbook on line that includes their Autumn Pumpkin Bread. This recipe uses a sugar substitute. For a gluten free pumpkin bread, try substituting the gluten free flour blend found in the pumpkin cupcake recipe and gluten free baking powder or the flour mix from Gluten Free Mama.
Be sure to check all recipes carefully to determine if all the required ingredients are gluten free.
Cooking for Thanksgiving can be a challenge and fun at the same time. Offering healthy choices like low sugar, sugar-free, and gluten free desserts will take a little more time but should prove worth the effort.