As you know, I am very particular about the food I eat. I have used healthy eating to lose weight, quit my addictions, and go off antidepressants. With Thanksgiving approaching, I am already planning out what dishes I will indulge in from the Thanksgiving spread…and which I will not!
We will head to my Mother-In-Law’s for Thanksgiving, as we do every year. God Bless her…but she has not bought a ticket for the clean eating train just yet! There will be a lot of sugar and processed foods in her menu.
I know…I have heard it all. “It’s a holiday, splurge!”. Or “It’s just one day!”.
My answer is I DON’T CARE!
I am not going to eat food that I don’t enjoy and is not good for me just to be polite. Maybe that makes me a bad person. I think it makes me a healthy person with good eating habits.
I am going to eat the food that is worth the calories and sugar TO ME or has some nutritional value. This is easy with dinner, right? Turkey, green beans, maybe a little sweet potatoes. I’ll steal clear of the regular potatoes, canned cream corn, and dinner rolls. But where the compromise gets tricky is dessert.
I love dessert. Cake especially. Cake is a regular part of any good cheat meal in my house. Every Thanksgiving my Mother-In-Law buys a Banana Cream Pie and a Pumpkin Pie from the local casino bakery. To me, store bought desserts means that “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM EATING!” They can and will add anything they need to for the desired taste including TONS and TONS of addictive sugar!
So I came up with happy alternative, my 3 Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Cake! So moist and so delicious!
To prepare a 1-8″ cake round or 11×13″ sheet cake you will need:
1 Package Pumpkin Cake Mix (You can substitute Spice Cake if needed)
1 Can Organic Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Package Truwhip Natural Whipped Topping
Combine the cake mix, pumpkin puree, and water in a large bowl. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let cool. Then spread 1/2 package of Truwhip as the topping. Enjoy!
By Using Organic Pumpkin Puree I cut out all the extra preservatives and added sugar. It is nothing but pumpkin! That means only 7 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup of puree! The Truwhip is an ALL NATURAL version of Cool Whip. I can pronounce everything in it! Best part is you walk away with only 2 grams of sugar per serving (2 tablespoons).
The cake in the photo is made with 2-8″ cake rounds, so double the recipe. I still only used 1 package of Truwhip, with 1/2 in middle and 1/2 on top. I did this not only for presentation value but also to feed a large number of people. When I serve it I will only give 1 layer of the cake as a slice, so it looks similar to a serving of pumpkin pie.
With this GUILT FREE dessert I can walk away from Thanksgiving without any damage to my waistline or that heavy “I ate to much” feeling. I am excited for you to give it a try!