I often get asked if starting a Paleo style diet and removing gluten, dairy, and sugar from the diet leaves any room for some of my patient’s favorite foods. The answer is yes, and I am going to share six of my favorite ways to make guilt-free desserts.
Life is too short not to enjoy delicious food so keep reading to learn how to do so while still staying on track with your healthy eating plan.
Six Healthy Guilt-Free Desserts
#1 Banana Ice Cream
This is one of my go-to guilt-free desserts. It is easy, perfect for the warmer months when those ice cream cravings kick in, and it only requires a handful of ingredients. Banana ice cream has also gained some serious popularity after people started to realize just how delicious it can be and how whipped bananas closely resemble soft serve ice cream.
The great thing about this guilt-free dessert option is that you can easily customize it to your liking. If you love chocolate ice cream, you can add in some raw unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolatey twist. If you love mint chip ice cream, add in some pure peppermint extract and a handful of raw unsweetened cocoa nibs.
Banana ice cream is made by simply tossing a frozen banana into a food processor with a splash of unsweetened almond or coconut milk and blending until a soft serve ice cream consistency is formed. Customize it to your taste and enjoy.
#2 Berries & Coconut Cream
Another guilt-free dessert option is taking the standard berries and cream recipe and turning it into a healthy coconut cream and berry recipe.
To make this quick and healthy dessert, simply whip up some unsweetened coconut cream in a food processor to form a whipped cream consistency and serve with some fresh berries. That’s it! You now have a delicious guilt-free dessert that doesn’t add unnecessary amounts of sugar plus this recipe is dairy free and packs in a nice dose of fiber and antioxidants from the berries.
#3 Chocolate Covered Nuts
Another great option when you are craving something sweet is chocolate covered nuts. Now, I am not talking about the ones that you can buy from the store that are loaded with sugar. I am talking about making your own at home which is actually much easier than it sounds!
To make your own, all you need are some soaked almonds (you can soak the almonds overnight) some unsweetened dark chocolate, and just a small amount of coconut oil. Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate together and drizzle this over the soaked almonds. Set in the refrigerator and then enjoy as a guilt-free treat.
#4 Sweet Potato Brownies
Who doesn’t love a good brownie for dessert? The problem is that traditional brownies are full of sugar, artificial ingredients, and gluten which is not something you would want to include as part of a healthy diet. However, this doesn’t mean that you can never enjoy a brownie again it just means that you have to get creative with how you make your brownie recipes.
My favorite way to make a guilt-free brownie is using sweet potatoes, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut flour, and some other nutritious ingredients. See my full recipe below.
1 sweet potato cooked and mashed
¼ cup pure grade B maple syrup
¼ cup sifted coconut flour
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 ½ Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. cocoa nibs
½ tsp. baking soda
1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F and greasing a baking dish with coconut oil.
2. Next, add the cooked sweet potato to a mixing bowl and mash. Add in the eggs and maple syrup and whisk.
3. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.
4. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Allow the brownies to cool before slicing.
#5 Coconut Flour Cookies
Another great way to use coconut flour is to make cookies. Coconut flour is a great alternative to traditional flour as it’s gluten-free and far more nutritious. You can get creative with your cookie recipes and swap regular flour out for coconut flour just keep in mind that you will need far less coconut flour as it is much more absorbent.
One of my favorite ways to use coconut flour in a cookie recipe is to make traditional chocolate chip cookies with coconut flour, unsweetened cocoa nibs, and pure grade B maple syrup instead of sugar.
#6 Vanilla Maple Bites
Energy bites are all the craze lately, and there are so many variations you can make. One of my favorite guilt-free dessert recipes are these vanilla maple bites. These are great for when you need a quick sweet treat or when you are craving something sweet after dinner.
This recipe calls for 20 soaked and pitted Medjool dates, ¼ cup pure grade B maple syrup, ¾ cup raw and soaked cashews, 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, and a pinch of sea salt. Simply place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture comes together. Form into about 20 bite sized rounds roll in some unsweetened shredded coconut and store in the refrigerator.
If you find yourself craving something sweet try one of these quick, simple, and delicious guilt-free desserts instead. You will find that healthy eating doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the occasional sweet treat it just means that there are healthier ways to enjoy them. Give these recipes a try, and you may be surprised at how much they satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Plus, you won’t have to worry about feeling guilty after eating them. It’s a win, win!
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