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The Paleo diet is no longer an esoteric term, though the actual premise of the diet is still shrouded in confusion. Need a tutorial before we begin? Click here to learn more about the Paleo diet.
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With so many diets competing for media attention and shelf space, it’s easy for any diet, new or established, to get lost in the fray. There’s Atkin’s, the Mediterrean Diet, and South Beach just to name a few. And then there are all the catch phrases and terminology of low carb, gluten-free, juice cleanses, and ketogenics. The list goes on.
One diet might suggest cutting out carbs and still others give the green light as long as consumed starches come from natural sources i.e., fruits and vegetables. Nuts are the devil in some diets and godsend by yet another. How’s a girl supposed to lose weight if I lose wind just rattling off the do’s and don’ts! Really, just comparing the many mandates make me want nothing more than to reach for a cronut. Surely that’s permissible and even encouraged on one of these diets? Is there no Refined Sugar Diet?
But alas, there is not. One, if perhaps only, overarching theme with these diets is that desserts loaded with refined sugars and butter are never “OK” to consume on the daily and the perils of regularly eating them will include a no-no finger wagging by all.
I know what you’re thinking: Duh, of course you’re setting yourself up for poor nutrition and weight gain if you eat too many desserts. Who needs a diet to tell me that! But perhaps the takeaway is that there are hidden fats and sugars in all commercial foods, never mind just desserts, so you’re only helping yourself in being more cognizant of what you’re cooking and eating.
In an attempt to harness said cognizance, I’ve been looking to homemade dessert options that venture out from the use of white flour, sugar, butter, and cream but don’t try to pass off a bowl of berries as the only go-to for dessert options. For inspiration, I’ve looked to my Paleo counterparts to see what they use in their baking adventures. I am pleasantly surprised to know that there are different types of flours and other ingredients that lend themselves to making delicious desserts.
The Daily Meal rounded up some of the best Paleo desserts from our contributors. Read on to see how you can satiate your sweet tooth while following a Paleo lifestyle!
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Aren't chocolate cravings prehistoric? Surely cavemen and women alike relied on chocolate to eat their feelings. How else would they manage the stress of hunting saber tooth tigers and relying on commission from cave paintings to feed their young? We understand the search for a good chocolate cake recipe plagues the present day society, too, so The Daily Meal shares this Paleo-friendly one.
Click here for a recipe for Paleo Friendly Flourless Chocolate Cake.
You'll be surprised these treats don't have creamed butter in them. The pumpkin and coconut oil give a soft, moist mouth-feel and the dark chocolate punctuates with just the right amount of sharpness making this a dessert that will have you wanting to curl up in your cave, happy and satiated.
Click here for a recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Bars.
Click here to read about 4 more Paleo Desserts.
If you have a Paleo recipe you’d like to share, send it to [email protected] I’m always looking for more inspiration and I'm also curious to learn more about cooking and baking on the Paleo diet!
35 Healthy Dessert Recipes
From soft, baked cookies to no-bake treats, there’s something for everyone in this post where I share 35 healthy dessert recipes.
There are delicious ideas for every occasion that taste indulgent and just because you want to eat better and make more mindful decisions doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your favorite desserts!
6-Ingredient Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes (Easy Paleo Dessert)
One of my favorite guilty pleasures growing up was a warm, gooey lava cake fresh out of the oven topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The key is to allow it just enough time to cool so that it won't disintegrate once you place the ice cream on top. These paleo-friendly lava cakes offer the same level of enjoyment, only in a manner that’s actually good for you. Using cacao powder and no-sugar-added dark chocolate, you get the full chocolatey experience especially once the vanilla extract, honey, and coconut oil are added to the mix.
Hold the Milk Chocolate
Usually lava cakes are one dessert option that definitely packs on the pounds, as they are loaded with calories and have an extremely high sugar content. That’s probably the only downside to lava cakes though because they’re worth every bite. However, for paleo dieters, there are certain dietary substitutions that must be made. Using cacao powder and three ounces of paleo approved dark chocolate, it’s still possible to enjoy a warm lava cake fresh out of the oven. And the best part of it all is that instead of being loaded with sugar, they strike an amazing balance between nutritious and delicious.
Unlike milk chocolate, there are many health benefits to be found in cacao powder and dark chocolate. They’re both fantastic sources of antioxidants which provide protection from harmful free radical damage to your cells, in turn helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases and even cancer. (1)(2) They also provide a hefty dose of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. As you can see, these lava cakes are something that you can enjoy completely guilt-free with the knowledge that they actually promote overall health and longevity and offer protection from disease. That’s the best kind of dessert you could ever ask for.
High Protein Lava Cake
Each lava cake contains 1 whole egg, so aside from having several nutritional benefits, it’s actually a well-balanced meal of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Going paleo doesn’t have to mean you can no longer enjoy some of your favorite guilty pleasure foods. With just the right twist to the ingredients, you can still enjoy all of your favorite dishes, only with the added benefit of no longer feeling guilty about it. These lava cakes are a prime example of that, as instead of giving you a huge sugar high and accompanying crash, they’ll have you feeling healthy and energized instead.
What makes these lemon bars so great?
I absolutely love how refreshing these lemon bars are. They are my favorite treat to make throughout the years, especially during the hotter months.
The texture is simultaneously refreshing and creamy. You can enjoy them straight out of the freezer or let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.
Just wait until you sink your teeth into the crust. It's a simple and straight forward mixture of nuts and dates. That's it!
30 Healthy Apple Desserts & Treats Just because a recipe has apples in it doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Today, it does! Here are 29 Delicious and Healthy Apple Desserts that are ALL clean or paleo! OK – you’re free to go enjoy now!
Apples: The Nostalgic Fruit of the Fall
When I was a kid, my parents started a tradition where we, along with a few other families from church, would take a day trip from Long Island to Wappingers Falls in upstate, New York, to go apple picking. Honestly, those are some of my most vivid memories from my childhood: the van-ride upstate – sitting in the way back (with no seatbelts), the picnic and shenanigans in the field before the picking started, the apple fight wars in the orchard.
This was our apple picking crew, circa 1988. (Wasn’t camera quality amazing back then. )
Well, if you’ve been apple picking, you know how easy it is to just pick and pick and pick – and each family member will pick and pick and pick. When you’re ready to pay, you realize that you picked an ungodly amount of apples. I remember thinking, “What the heck are we going to do with all of these apples. ”
What to Do With All. The. Apples
If that sounds like your family, today is your day! We have loads of apple dessert recipes – enough to use up all those apples – and not just desserts but healthy desserts! So many times when I was creating this roundup, when I saw a certain picture, I thought, “There’s no way this is a healthy dessert!” But, OMG! When I looked at the ingredients, it actually was! It made me so excited to be eating healthy. So many delicious options!
I know a lot of people think that automatically adding apples to anything makes it healthy. That would be nice, but it’s just not the case! Lots of apple desserts have refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Every recipe here today is either paleo or clean – made from real, whole foods. Some might be more decadent than others, but all are made from the