Thanksgiving Desserts: Something for Everyone

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2011

carrot cupcakes
Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Stumped by how to accommodate family members with special dietary needs? We’ve got sweet ideas for everyone at your table.

Kid-Friendly
Little fingers will love scooping up these tiny cupcakes. They’re portion controlled for the adults, too.

Recipe: Mini Carrot Cupcakes

Heart Healthy
Made with fat and cholesterol free egg whites, angel food cake is the perfect heart-healthy treat.

Recipe: Lemon Angel Food Cake

Diabetic-Friendly
Made with ground almonds and whole-wheat flour to boost the fiber content, this gorgeous tart has only 25 grams of carbohydrates per serving. If you can’t find plums this time of year, try apples or pears instead.

Recipe: Plum Tart with Almond Pastry

Dairy-Free
A dazzling fruit salad complete with toasted pistachios for crunch. It’s a sure-fired crowd pleaser!

Recipe: Fruit Salad with Poppy Seeds

Vegan
Made with an effortless canola oil crust, this tart is delicate, delicious and free of animal products.

Recipe: Vegan Pear Tart

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (11)

  1. [...] Thanksgiving Desserts: Something for Everyone from Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blogby Dana Angelo White [...]

  2. -- C says:

    Got real excited when I saw the caption of "Sometning for Everyone" and was hoping for some special diet recipes. And there they were — just not the one I was loking for. Maybe next time, you can include a gluetin free item.

    • Gale Aldred says:

      for gluten free ideas, "Living Without" magazine is really good.
      great recipes

    • Jan says:

      Check out a website called glutenfreebetty dot com. Her red velvet cake will make you cry, it's that good! The key is using super finely ground brown rice flour. Also an excellent cook book for baked goods is "Easy Gluten Free Baking" by Elizabeth Barbone. I have made many of her recipes all very good. There is even one for Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. rymed says:

    I completely agree with @hewg07. I have been diagnosed with celiac's for 4 years and have sent emails and comments to food network repeatedly, to no avail. Now I follow a few good blogs and go at cooking with a different sort of creative fervor. I still watch food network but it has lost some luster since they refuse to make endroads towards gluten free living.

  4. Hanna says:

    I always make my Thanksgiving pies with New Morning's organic graham crackers. They're all natural with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives – yet still delicious. http://www.attunefoods.com/products/New-Morning-O

  5. Debbie Richardson says:

    Crumb Cake Creations is offering $2 off per order of two or more cakes with coupon code THANKS. Their pumpkin crumb cake is absolutely to die for and has been a part of my Thanksgiving Dessert assortment for a few years now. Check them out..you won't be disappointed.

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