If you’ve been asked to bring a dish to Thanksgiving Dinner, look no further.
This Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Cinnamon Soaked Pecans is a decadent dessert that mixes the classic fall flavors of maple, cinnamon, pumpkin, and ginger to create a creamy and satisfying treat. But, if you know me by now, this is not your typical dessert.
It may be one of the healthier things on your Thanksgiving table (but I promise, it tastes sinfully delicious), and even your less health conscious relatives won’t be able to detect that is could possibly be a better-for-you indulgence.
What makes it a Healthy Indulgence?
The crust is made from pecans and dates, instead of flour and sugar, which instantly ups the health factor:
Pecans are loaded with age-defying anti-oxidants, protein, and fiber.
Dates contain fiber & nutrients making them one of the best ways to add sweetness.
The creamy filling is made from nuts, pumpkin, spices, and one of nature’s gentlest sweeteners:
Cashews are rich in magnesium and other minerals, as well as healthy fats.
Pumpkin is full of nutrients for blemish-free and wrinkle-resistant skin.
Ginger is highly anti-inflammatory and is an excellent digestive soother, especially after a big Thanksgiving meal.
Coconut Sugar is a low glycemic sweetener, which means it won’t give you a huge spike and crash in blood sugar like regular sugar. It also contains minerals like iron and calcium. This recipe uses coconut nectar, the liquid/syrup version.
Cinnamon fights inflammation and may help lower blood sugar.
No empty calories, here!
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutritionist and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers meal plans, ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke. Praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazine, it was a #1 new release on Amazon.