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Thanksgiving Desserts to Live For! Plus NEW: Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

A New Recipe ~ Loving the light feel and creamy texture of this cheesecake with addictive chocolate-peanut flavors.

A smooth and decadent Cheesecake made with Cottage Cheese – no cream cheese here!

The crust is made from my Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – with a little melted butter for binding.

Honey peanuts are a snap to make – top the cakes edges with them!

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!
Karen’s Easy Honey Peanuts

Here’s my line-up of my favorite Thanksgiving Desserts:

Make it homemade this holiday with my selection of well tested sweets you will want to save room for! Recipes have dynamic and vibrant flavors with a healthier profile. Something for everyone!

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

Easier than pie… Pecan Pie that is!
The Ultimate Pick-Up Bar ~ Perfect for the Holidays! 
A press-in shortbread crust with a pour-on-top filling enriched with a crunchy pecan topping. Delish!

Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine & Pomegranate Juice (with Caramel Zabaglione)

The perfect ending to a holiday meal (Thanksgiving!) Spiced, beautiful pears swimming in a ruby syrup with a creamy zabaglione custard.
This is one of those easy recipes that is great for entertaining because the pears turn a gorgeous ruby color when poached, creating a spectacular presentation. Easily can make ahead of time.

Vegan Apple Raspberry Crisp

This easy to prepare fall dessert is bursting with harvest flavors: fruit is blanketed with a crisp cinnamon, pecan and oat layer.
Treat your company to a healthier dessert – and your kitchen will smell of warm, comforting flavors.

Applesauce Linzer Bars (Gluten-Free Variation as well)

Tastes like an apple crumb pie in a bar! Perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert buffet – not too sweet with a touch of warm spices.
The mixture (dough) doubles as a topping.
Oatmeal, Almonds and Walnuts in the crust – Topping adds a healthy content and fiber.

Karen’s Fall Apple Cake with Streusel and Caramelized Apples

For an extra layer of “yum” top the cake with my Caramelized Apples and Caramel Drizzle. OR – top vanilla bean ice cream with it! (See recipe for my vegan ice cream below!)

Amazing Caramelized Apple Cake – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Need a fabulous Gluten Free + Vegan dessert?
A moist cake with warm spices topped with Caramelized Apple Slices and baked with Fine Almond Flour.
I top it with a drizzle of Vanilla Bean Rum Glaze. A healthy new alternative recipe.

Caramel Vanilla Bean Vegan Ice Cream

This recipe is Vegan, Non-Dairy and naturally Gluten Free… and irresistible! The ingredients are super-simple – Coconut Milk and Pure Cane Sugar are the main components. For flavoring, add vanilla bean gel (I’ll tell you where to find it in the recipe), crystallized ginger, pumpkin spices, coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt (try pink himalayan). Serve with everything!!

Amazing Vanilla Bean Ice Milk

A lightened-up vision of a favorite dessert. You won’t believe the texture and flavor of the Ice Milk… and it’s not loaded with sugar!

Pumpkin Cider Pie with Shortbread Cookie Crust


A classic pie which is not too sweet due to the natural flavors of the apple cider reduction in the filling.Try a shortbread crust; easy to prepare with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth-texture. Makes one 9″ pie or 4 -5″ tarts.

Fresh Mint Chocolate Truffles – Vegan

These delectable, creamy truffles are truly all-natural with Fresh Mint from my garden. Coconut Milk swaps in for heavy cream for a lighter, vegan treat. Cocao nibs adds a little crunch. Have to have some chocolate dessert at Thanksgiving!

Sesame Wafers – Thin, Crispy & Gluten-Free

The nutty taste of the toasted sesame seeds (benne), a hint of sea salt, and the caramel sweet flavor from the coconut brown sugar sugar – a crunchy melange of flavors in these easy to prepare treats… low in fat too!
These cookies are light and crispy and pair well with all your holiday desserts.

From my kitchen to yours ~ enjoy something sweet and homemade this Thanksgiving.
Take care,


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