“Dessert” is a broad term at our house. It is usually just a word to describe the snack we eat after dinner, or before going to bed. What we used to consider desserts (cakes, pies, ice cream, cookies, etc.), are not really part of our diet anymore. Sure, there are some delicious Paleo cake and cookie recipes, but even those are special treats. Our goal is to eat as little sugar (even natural sugars) and carbs as we can, yet still enjoy life to the fullest! Our Whole30 challenged us to break several bad eating habits, and we are really thrilled with the results!
One of the things I love about Paleo desserts is that they do not make you feel disgusting after you’ve eaten them. For example, tonight we had a special “treat dessert.” It was “Feelin’ Peachy,” from Sarah Fragoso’s amazing cookbook Everyday Paleo. The idea is to slice peaches in half, spoon a delicious filling (almonds, raisins, apricots, cinnamon, etc. from the food processor) on top, and then bake in the oven. It was absolutely amazing- almost decadent, yet I do not feel as though I’ve just voided all the healthy eating I’ve done all week. Score!
Here are a few of our favorite Paleo “desserts:”
1. Dark Chocolate. Not a whole bar of dark chocolate… just a few squares. Enjoy with a cup of steaming coffee (with full-fat coconut milk for cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, of course!).
2. Smoothies. We have smoothies several days of the week. Our smoothies usually consist of different combinations of the same ingredients. In breakfast smoothies, we may combine berries, coconut milk, spinach (you can’t taste it!), almond butter, and cinnamon. For a dessert smoothie, we may combine peaches, coconut milk, cinnamon, and ice. We have found a ton of delicious smoothie combinations that I will share in a later post.
3. “Peaches and Cream.” You can do this with almost any fresh fruit, but peaches are our go-to fruit right now, since they are in season. Cut a peach into bite-size chunks and place in a shallow bowl. Pour 1/3 can of full-fat coconut milk on top. Sprinkle some cinnamon, and stir to combine. It is even more delicious than it sounds.
4. Frappes. Combine one cup of chilled, strong coffee with one frozen banana, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk. This makes a delicious, frosty, coffee-flavored treat.
5. Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea. Have you tried it? If not, you are totally missing out! Add a drizzle of honey if you need a little more satisfaction for your sweet tooth.
6. Cool Berry Tart. This recipe is the closest thing I’ve had to the old-fashioned berry cobbler. It is amazing.
7. Chocolate Cake!!! This is a very special treat…
We also love to try random recipes from amazing Paleo cookbooks. I have already mentioned Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo. Today I also received my pre-ordered copy of the BRAND NEW Paleo Comfort Foods. It is a beautiful, very thorough cookbook with all Paleo-approved ingredients. I am in love. Some of the dessert recipes include banana nut bread (yes, you did read that correctly!), poached pears, tarts, cobblers, crisps, puddings, lemon squares, and more! I cannot wait to give some of these a try!