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6 Paleo Desserts That You Can Make Yourself and Are Actually Amazing

Going paleo doesn’t mean that you have to give up all food-related happiness. There are tons of yummy, healthy paleo desserts out there – especially on Pinterest. There are also some, however, that are not so great. You just can’t make chocolate mousse out of avocados. You just can’t. But don’t you worry! We’ve tested a bunch of different paleo desserts, and these are our favorites.

1. Nice Cream

Yep, you read that right, nice cream. It’s like ice cream, but it’s so much nicer to your body. It’s a super delicious alternative that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also give you that same creamy texture of soft serve ice cream.

Recipe from Brooklyn Farm Girl

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (we love to substitute almond butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Instructions:

  1. Blend the frozen bananas, almond butter and cocoa powder until creamy.
  2. Pour mixture into bowl and add whichever ~healthy~ toppings your heart desires. We especially love adding Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. They’re dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and somehow still delicious and will take care of that chocolate craving.

2. Açai Bowls

If you spent any time scrolling through Instagram this past summer, then you probably already know about açai bowls. They are a healthy, satisfying blend of the Brazilian super fruit, açai, and other fruits – normally bananas, blueberries and strawberries – and almond or coconut milk. They’re normally pretty expensive, but you can make them yourself and save a ton of money while enjoying the wholesome goodness that is açai. This recipe has been adapted from our own trial and error; enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • One pack of frozen, pureed açai (found in the freezer section of most grocery stores by the frozen fruit)
  • ½-1 whole banana (depending on how thick you want your açai bowl to be)
  • ¼ cup of almond or coconut milk
  • A handful of frozen blueberries
  • A handful of frozen strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Blend the frozen fruits together (depending on your strong you blender is, you may need to add a little bit at a time)
  2. Add the banana to the blended mixture
  3. Add the almond or coconut milk to the blended mixture (the more milk you add, the thinner the mixture will be, so add as much or as little as you like). We love using vanilla almond milk in our açai bowls.
  4. Pour the mixture into the bowl and, once again, add whatever ~healthy~ toppings your heart desires (i.e. fruit, granola, chocolate chips)

3. Easy Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are an absolute classic. These paleo chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make, and they’re so rich and yummy that it only takes one to satisfy your cookie cravings. (Pro-tip: after you roll out the dough, freeze some of it. Then you can make one or two cookies in a snap whenever you want.)

Recipe from cook eat paleo

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¾ cups or one 16 ounce jar of salted, crunchy almond butter
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 cup of gluten-free, dairy-free mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix the eggs, baking soda and coconut sugar into a bowl
  3. Add the almond butter in while stirring it
  4. Fold the chocolate chips in
  5. Scoop the dough onto baking sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper)
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown

Makes 12-36 cookies, depending on how big you make them.

4. Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie  

Since Thanksgiving is officially over and pumpkin spice stuff will probably start disappearing again soon, we wanted to share this recipe with you. This pumpkin coconut smoothie is your smooth and creamy excuse to keep pumpkin relevant post-Thanksgiving with no lingering guilt.

Recipe from cook eat paleo

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients into the blender
  2. Blend on smoothie setting (or high speed setting) until it’s milkshake texture

Makes two servings.

5. Baked Apples

Apple pie is yet another classic, especially at this time of year. Instead of digging in to all of the processed, sugary fruit filling, try these paleo baked apples.

Recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of ghee
  • 2 apples (whichever ones you want, but we suggest pink lady)
  • ¼ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • Raw honey (bonus! for an optional drizzle)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt 1 teaspoon of ghee in pan (preferably cast iron)
  3. Slice the apples so that they are about 1/16-inch thick
  4. Lay the apples down in the dish, letting the edges overlap slightly
  5. Sprinkle the apple pie spice over the apples and dot the rest of the ghee on top
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until the apples are golden brown and have evenly softened
  7. Drizzle the honey on top

Makes two servings.

6. Lemon Bars

When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars! This one requires a little bit more effort, but we promise these lemon bars are worth it.

Recipe from Delighted Momma

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 2 cups of raw almonds
  • ¼ cup of raw honey
  • ½ cup of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut flour
  • 2 eggs

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes (bonus!)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Chop almonds until they are small chunks (this is easiest with a food processor) 
  3. Mix the honey, coconut oil, coconut flour and eggs in a medium bowl
  4. Press mixture into 8×12 pan. (Line the pan with parchment paper if you have it)
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until edges of slightly brown
  6. Let crust cool
  7. Whisk eggs, lemon juice, honey and seat salt in small saucepan over medium heat
  8. Slowly add the coconut oil, stirring until completely melted
  9. Whisk the mixture until it starts to thicken into a pudding-like texture
  10. Remove it from the heat and let it cool
  11. Pour the mixture over the crust and sprinkle the unsweetened coconut on top
  12. Freeze until hardened

Makes 12-15 bars.

Do you have any recipes for paleo desserts that you just can’t live without? Let us know in the comments below.

Katie Milewski

South Carolina

Katie is a senior public relations student at the University of South Carolina. She loves traveling, corgis and chocolate chip cookies probably more than the average person. 
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