A Thanksgiving treat to be thankful for

By Emily Miller • Published: November 27th, 2013
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

Want to add some sweetness to your Thanksgiving table without the guilt? Capture the holiday spirit … while still being healthy … by putting a twist on a traditional treat.

Although pumpkin pie rightfully deserves a spot on your festive table, there’s a way to serve similar flavors without the roughly 320 calories found in each slice. According to that’sfit.com, one slice also packs about 17 grams of fat. And that’s before adding whipped cream. Instead, surprise your guests with frozen pumpkin mousse pie, a cold delight that boasts 100 fewer calories and just five grams of total fat.

Instead of a buttery crust, this sweet treat uses gingersnap cookies and two tablespoons of raisins as the key crust ingredients. Mix them in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add one tablespoon of canola oil and pulse until blended. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, and then let it cool completely.

To prepare the filling, combine one cup of canned pumpkin puree, one-third cup of packed brown sugar, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, one-fourth teaspoon of ground ginger and one-fourth teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. Next, add two cups of frozen low-fat vanilla ice cream and stir the mixture. Once it’s blended, spoon the filling into the cooled pie crust, and freeze the pie for about two hours or until it’s firm. Finally, move the pie to the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before ending your meal with the frozen treat.

Find this recipe and other healthy dessert options at delish.com, and add “better health” to yours and your guests’ list of things to be thankful for this year.