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The flavors we classically associate with Autumn, such as apples, pears, and pecans, are an excellent base for a variety of decadent and delicious desserts.  However, they are also packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to give your general health a boost!  

Keep reading to learn how these fall favorites can improve your health and be inspired to incorporate them into scrumptious desserts that celebrate the autumn harvest.

Harvest of Health


-Contain antioxidants to fight disease and keep your cells healthy.  They also prevent the development of cataracts and Parkinson's disease. Full of antioxidants to fight disease and keep your cells free from damage and prevent the development of cataracts.

-Packed full of soluble fibre to protect your heart from plaque buildup in your arteries, developing gallstones, and type 2 diabetes.  Soluble fibre also keeps your bowels regular and helps maintain a healthy weight.

-Protect the body from developing Alzheimer’s disease and many types of cancer.

-Provide quercetin and vitamin C to strengthen the immune system.


-Flesh is packed with a beta-carotene, giving you a lower risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, and macular degeneration.

-Full of dietary fibre and low in calories.

-Seeds are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids to promote a healthy heart.  

-Seeds are an excellent source of vegetarian protein.


-Full of dietary fibre and water soluble fibre.

-Contain high amounts of pectin which lowers cholesterol and keeps bowels regular.

-Are hypoallergenic, so they are not likely to create an allergic reaction.  This makes pears a good source of fibre for infants.

-Packed with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

-Are a good source of folic acid for pregnant moms.

-Contain high levels of boron to help the body absorb calcium to prevent osteoporosis.

-Reduce inflammation throughout the body.

-Provide antioxidants to boost the immune system.

-Contain glutathione, an anticarcinogen and antioxidant, which lowers blood pressure and prevents stroke.


-Contain large amounts of proanthocyanidins to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections and gum disease.

-Lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

-Slow the development of cancerous tumors and have a specific impact on liver, colon, prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers.

-Full of vitamins E and C to strengthen the immune system.

-Packed with fibre to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

Sweet Potatoes:

-Full of vitamin B6 to prevent the hardening of arteries and allow blood to flow freely.

-Good source of potassium to lower blood pressure and promote healthy brain and central nervous system function.

-Packed with beta-carotene to prevent many types of cancer and repair cell damage caused by the sun.

-Full of manganese to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent anemia.

-Contain vitamins C and E to prevent disease and give you healthy skin and hair.


-Full of antioxidants to prevent cancer and other inflammatory diseases.

-Contains zinc and manganese to boost the immune system.

-Increases your good cholesterol.


-Packed with antioxidants to remove toxins and protect your body from disease.

-Good source of monounsaturated fats to decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

-Lower your risk of stroke and coronary artery disease.

-Help maintain a healthy weight when eaten in moderation.

Delicious Autumn Dessert Recipes:


Fresh Apple Cake

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Baked Apple Dumplings

French Apple Charlotte

De Luxe Apple Pie


Thanksgiving Pumpkin Caramel Cake

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Maple Custards with Honey Glazed Walnuts

Bruleed Maple Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting


Pear Almond Tart

Pear Pound Cake

Fresh Pear Cake

Upside Down Pear Gingerbread

Baked Pears with Ice Cream



Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Cheesecake

Cranberry-Pecan Pound Cake

Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Edna’s Cranberry Cake

Sweet Potato:

Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding Cake

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Sweet Potato Surprise Cake

Sweet Potato Pudding


Maple Creme Brulee

Quebec Maple Syrup Pie

Canadian Maple Dumplings

Vermont Maple Cinnamon Swirls

Maple Syrup Spice Cake


Triple Pecan Pie with Maple

Butterscotch Pecan Squares

Easy Texas Pecan Cake

Turtle Pecan Cheesecake

Mother’s Pecan Butter Balls

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