5 Paleo Desserts You’ll Love
  • August 11, 2018
  • Anyone out there intimidated by the idea of taking on a Paleo diet because of the laundry list of everything you’re not supposed to have? We get it.

    Paleo is one of the many diet trends overtaking your social media feeds right now, and for good reason. It encourages its followers to gravitate towards whole, unprocessed foods, while steering clear of lots of ingredients that you probably love (goodbye, white sugar).

    But just because you’re following Paleo or any similar diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. Here are five paleo friendly desserts so good you won’t miss white sugar for a minute. Seriously. They’re awesome AND healthy. Now go make them all!

     

    Paleo Avocado Brownies

    paleo avocado brownies dessert

    adapted from this recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 2 small avocados (be careful not to go too big here or the brownies will taste like avocado — believe me, I’ve made that mistake)
    • ½ cup pure maple syrup
    • ¼ cup coconut sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • ½ tsp baking soda
    • ½ cup blanced almond flour
    • ½ cup cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp sea salt
    • ½ cup cacao nibs
    • Coconut oil, for greasing pan

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease an 8×8” baking dish with coconut oil.
    2. In a food processor or blender, add the avocado, maple syrup, and coconut sugar; puree until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
    3. To the avocado mixture, add almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa; blend until smooth and combined.
    4. Add cacao nibs and stir in with a metal spatula or wooden spoon.
    5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread until even. Bake for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked (test with a toothpick, knife, or cake tester).

     

    Paleo Almond Butter Cookies

    paleo almond butter cookies dessert

    adapted from this recipe

    Ingredients:

    For the cookies:

    • 1 cup unsweetened almond butter
    • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
    • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 egg

    Paleo chocolate for dipping:

    • ½ cup refined coconut oil
    • ½ cup cocoa powder
    • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a blender or food processor, add the almond butter, dates, vanilla extract, and egg. Blend until mixed into a dough.
    3. Roll dough into 15 balls and place on baking sheet. Use a fork to press down on each ball to create a criss cross pattern and flatten the cookies.
    4. Bake cookies for 7 minutes and chill until room temperature or colder (it’s a good idea to chill these in the fridge for roughly 10 minutes).
    5. While cookies are chilling, combine coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup in a bowl. Mix until combined.
    6. Dip cookies in Paleo chocolate mixture and return to fridge until chocolate hardens.

    Pro tip: Store these in the fridge, or the chocolate will melt!

    3-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Bites

    paleo chocolate bites dessert

    Ingredients:

    • ½ cup refined coconut oil
    • ½ cup cocoa powder
    • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

    Directions:

    1. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup in a bowl. Mix until combined.
    2. Spoon 2 Tbsp chocolate mixture into cupcake wrappers.
    3. Freeze until hardened, 10-15 minutes.
    4. Bonus tip! You could also layer these with some unsweetened almond butter in the middle for some quick and easy paleo almond butter cups.

    Avocado Chocolate Pudding

    paleo avocado chocolate pudding dessert

    We’ve published a fantastic recipe for this trendy and healthy dessert before using agave nectar, but for those of you who strictly follow the Paleo diet, which doesn’t allow agave, here is a great Paleo alternative.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 avocado
    • 1 cup cocoa powder
    • ½ cup maple syrup
    • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. In a food processor or blender, add the avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
    2. Chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.
    3. Have fun with garnish! Use cacao nibs, berries, fresh mint, sea salt, chopped nuts, or any other paleo ingredients you have in your kitchen.

    Banana “Milkshake”

    paleo banana milkshake

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup banana “ice cream” 
    • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond butter
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Directions:

    1. In a food processor or blender, add the “ice cream”, almond milk, almond butter, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
    2. Garnish with cinnamon or sliced bananas.

    About Kira Schreiber

    After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Kira moved to Los Angeles for college. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she’s passionate about helping people take care of their mental and physical health. By day, she works full time in the nonprofit sector at a mental health clinic. Kira is an advocate for making healthy food taste good and loves to spend time in the kitchen developing healthy recipes. When not in the office or the kitchen, she loves to take advantage of everything Southern California has to offer and stay active outdoors by biking along the beach and hiking.

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