The Paleo diet and vegetarianism might seem like diametrically opposed eating styles, but when it comes to dessert, even the unlikeliest of bedfellows can come together for something great. And so, in the unifying spirit of dessert, we’re bringing the two diets together for healthy, sweet treats.
From creamy strawberry coconut popsicles to ‘peanut’ butter truffles, and from key lime cheesecake to edible chocolate chip cookie dough, we’ve got clean eating-friendly desserts that even the most restricted dieters can enjoy. Let’s put down our torches and pick up our forks — it’s time for dessert.
Paleo ‘Peanut’ Butter Truffles
With almond butter in place of peanut butter alongside antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, coconut flour, and oil, these delectable truffles are a cinch to make. But be warned: it’s hard to eat just one.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo ‘Peanut’ Butter Truffles
Roasted Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
Roasting strawberries with a bit of high quality balsamic vinegar provides these pops with a sophisticated and surprising flavour profile. Not to mention, they’re totally gorgeous.
Recipe: Style Me Pretty | Roasted Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Traditional cheesecake is a time-consuming treat most often reserved for special occasions. This no-bake version is beyond simple, and the addition of pumpkin makes it a treat that’s delicious any time of the year.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Dark Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Decadent dark chocolate melds deliciously with creamy, cool bananas in this rich dessert. Bonus: This recipe is vegan-friendly, too.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dark Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Spiced Autumn Apples Baked in Brandy
Warming spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves mesh beautifully with walnuts, raisins, and apples here. Brandy lends these baked apples a delicious spicy sweetness, but go ahead and substitute with thinned out maple syrup or honey if you’re avoiding alcohol. Be sure to serve these à la mode with your favorite ice cream.
Recipe: Paleo Grubs | Spiced Autumn Apples Baked in Brandy
Key Lime Cheesecake Bites
These perfectly-portioned zesty and creamy treats are much simpler to make than you’d imagine.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Key Lime Cheesecake Bites
These bars are gooey, sweet, and salty — do we have your attention yet? The recipe recommends thinly sliced honeycrisp apples, but whatever variety you can get your hands on will do.
Recipe: Primal Palate | Apple Bars
Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Admit it, there are times when all you really want to do is eat the cookie dough. This Paleo and vegetarian-friendly version nixes the raw eggs so you can enjoy without fear.
Recipe: Wicked Spatula | Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Salted Caramel Cups
Dark chocolate and salted caramel are a heavenly pairing, and with only 4 ingredients, there’s no reason you can’t make these at home and avoid all the unnecessary processed fillers in store-bought chocolates.
Recipe: Primal Palate | Salted Caramel Cups
Paleo Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
Nobody will know how simple it actually was to throw together this eye-catching spiced bundt cake, dripping with a delectably creamy coconut frosting.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
Mini Paleo Apple Pies
Shake up your usual apple pie recipe by making these personal sized mini pies. Serve the pies warm from the oven topped with your favorite ice cream.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Mini Paleo Apple Pies
Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cookies
Even the kids will love these Paleo and vegetarian-friendly gingerbread men, best served warm out of the oven with a cold glass of your favourite milk.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Flour Gingerbread Cookies
Raw Mint Truffles
These raw chocolate peppermint truffles completely nix the processed and artificial fillers, making these simple no-bake treats a guilt-free indulgence.
Recipe: Primal Palate | Raw Mint Truffles
Paleo Peppermint Patties
The cooling and chocolatey combination strikes again with this Paleo version of the classic candies. They take only 30 minutes to throw together — perfect for any last minute guests.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Peppermint Patties
Magic Cookie Bars
If the name didn’t sell you, these bars are a crispy, crunchy, and melty combination of pecans, chocolate, almonds, and coconut.
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness | Magic Cookie Bars
Caramel Cheesecake Bites
Like the pumpkin and key lime cheesecakes, these cheesecake bites serve up the same flavor and texture of the traditional dessert without all the hassle of the baking process. Bonus: these are covered in the easiest caramel sauce you’ll ever make.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Caramel Cheesecake Bites
No-Bake Strawberry Bars
You don’t need grains — or an oven — to make a deliciously creamy and chewy strawberry bar that’ll get gobbled up at any party.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Strawberry Bars
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