I think few people would disagree – dessert is the best part of the day!
If you’re just dabbling in the gluten-free lifestyle or have completely embraced Paleo, it can be difficult to parse out what is and is not acceptable post-dinner fare. You can almost guarantee that anything you find at a dinner party or in a restaurant has regular flour or dairy baked into it, unless it’s a plain piece of fruit or a boring cup of tea.
Luckily, you’ll find that it’s easy to create your own gluten-free desserts at home. You can control the amounts of sweetener, and can use the alternative flours you prefer. Whether or not you’re dairy-free as well, coconut cream makes for a fabulous replacement for milk and cream. The next time you’re at the grocery store, buy these cans by the armful!
Dark chocolate is also great to use in these recipes, as organic, high-quality cocoa is quite good for you. Feel free to load up on the good stuff when creating cakes, brownies, donuts, chocolate-covered fruits and other baked and raw treats.
To help get you started as a dessert-making pro, we collected 37 healthy recipes from around the web that are absolutely grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free. With cheesecakes, truffles, fritters and crumbles, you’ll quickly see how a clean lifestyle isn’t limiting in the least.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Capitalize on the power of pumpkin pie spice with these crispy cookies. These egg-free beauties come together in about 10 minutes flat!
Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lemon Drop Cookies
Whip up a fast dozen with this easy cookie recipe, made with lots of tangy lemon flavor.
Recipe: Lemon Drop Cookies
Raw Chocolate Bites
Roll these easy, four-ingredient chocolate balls in shredded coconut before popping them in your mouth. You may want to make a double batch!
Recipe: Raw Chocolate Bites
Buttery Paleo Chocolate Tart
With a shortbread-style crust, chocolate pudding filling and coconut flavor, it’ll be hard to keep your fork out of this one.
Recipe: Buttery Paleo Chocolate Tart
Amp up your brownie batter with sunflower seed butter, which adds an adult-like saltiness to the final product.
Recipe: Sunbutter Brownies
Paleo Cinnamon Rolls
Just thinking about cinnamon rolls, you can swear you smell them baking. Make fantasy your reality by rolling out these gluten-free cinnamon buns and drizzling with a sweet glaze.
Recipe: Paleo Cinnamon Rolls
Brownie Mocha Sundaes
Surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s Day with this dessert. Nothing spells love like homemade caramel sauce, cold brew ice cream and a warm batch of brownies!
Recipe: Brownie Mocha Sundaes
Everyone always wants to reach for the chocolate donuts with rainbow sprinkles on top. Create your own grain-free, gluten-free version with this recipe, which emulates a cake-style donut.
Recipe: Chocolate Donuts
Cardamom Caramel Pear Upside Down Cake
With the warm flavors of cinnamon and cardamom, this upside down cake is perfect for uplifting you in the middle of a long winter.
One-Pan Apple Pecan Coffee Cake
This coffee cake is mixed and baked in the same cast iron pan. Clean up is as fast as it takes to gobble down this deeply browned treat!
Recipe: One-Pan Apple Pecan Coffee Cake
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Chunky Monkey “Ice Cream” Bon Bons
Welcome the year of the monkey with these creamy banana bites covered in melted chocolate.
Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
These little snacky desserts are super easy to make and much healthier for you than the uniform lumps you buy at the store!
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
Grilled “Nutella” Sandwich
Think semi-homemade with this one: Julian Baker Paleo bread, sugar-free dark hazelnut spread, grilled with a little bit of ghee. The best sandwiches are made of chocolate!
Recipe: Grilled “Nutella” Sandwich
Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones
These delicately crumbed scones boast a subtle sweetness from dried cherries, cinnamon and dark chocolate.
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones
No-Bake Walnut Cookies
When you want a baked goodie but don’t feel like turning on the oven, these grain-free walnut cookies are a sure thing.
Recipe: No-Bake Walnut Cookies
Red White and Blueberry Popsicles
You can feel patriotic any time of the year with these healthy berry-forward pops. Add extra honey to create make them even sweeter and glossier!
Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark
The ultimate sweet and salty? Dark chocolate and bacon. Deepen the relationship with maple syrup and sea salt, and your taste buds will sing.
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Bacon Bark
Dark Chocolate Pudding
Toss those instant packets and whip up your own silky pudding with this super easy stovetop recipe. The hardest part is waiting for them to chill in the fridge!
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pudding
Raspberry Cheesecake Bites
With an almond flour crust, creamy cashew filling and fresh mint garnishes, these mini cheesecake bites obliterate gluten-free misconceptions.
Recipe: Raspberry Cheesecake Bites
While you aren’t technically required to use heart-shaped cookie cutters, these orange-zested cookies with strawberry icing just taste better this way.
Recipe: Sugar Cookies
With a walnut “crust,” coconut cream “sauce” and lots of fresh fruit topping, this no-bake pizza pie is chocolatey and sweet.
Recipe: Fruit Pizza
Lavender Maca Brownies
Elevate the humble brownie with calming flavor of fresh lavender flowers.
Recipe: Lavender Maca Brownies
Frozen Chocolate Smoothie
Who says smoothies need to be green? Whip up this thick chocolatey beverage and slurp your dessert with pride!
Recipe: Frozen Chocolate Smoothie
Dark Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes
These coconut flour cupcakes with almond butter icing are perfect to have on hand when the sweet tooth strikes!
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes
Cranberry Coconut Banana Bread
Banana bread always feels festive, but when you add cranberries to the mix? It smells exactly like the holidays.
Recipe: Cranberry Coconut Banana Bread
This year, welcome spring by introducing freshly chopped rhubarb to your ice cream maker.
Recipe: Rhubarb Sorbet
Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Compote
When your sweet tooth takes an adult turn, try whipping up this creamy custard with a tangy balsamic topping.
Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Does the thought of tapioca pearls get your heart pumping? Give this recipe a shot. Thickened with coconut milk and egg yolks, sweetened with a whole vanilla bean and chilled with fresh fruit, this pudding appeals to those who enjoy clean, subtle flavors.
Recipe: Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Bake these ramekins of fruit and nut crumbles for individual servings – no cutting into squares necessary!
Recipe: Berry Crumble
Perfect with a cup of tea or as a breakfast dessert, these almond and coconut flour cakes are just the right amount of sweet.
Recipe: Coconut Squares
The best desserts double as breakfast, and these fried apple rings are here to prove it.
Recipe: Apple Fritters
Almond Butter Cookie Bars
When chocolate chip cookies meet blondies, you get this hybrid of pecan and coconut cookie bars. Certainly not the worst thing to happen to dessert!
Recipe: Almond Butter Cookie Bars
Creamy Coco Bites
These raw, buttery bars can be whipped up in about 15 minutes flat. Keep them in the freezer until the sweet tooth rears its head!
Recipe: Creamy Coco Bites
Banana Pecan Paleo Ice Cream
You don’t need an ice cream maker to churn out this creamy treat of caramelized bananas and buttery pecans.
Recipe: Banana Pecan Paleo Ice Cream
These nutty, buttery, tangy-yet-sweet lemon bars boast a shortbread-like crust and a creamy filling.
Recipe: Lemon Bars
Seven Layer Bars
These beauts are always a winner when brought to a party, and this decadent Paleo version is no exception!
Recipe: Seven Layer Bars
There is something so alluring about half-frozen desserts. Re-create the dessert of high-end restaurants with this recipe, which includes layers of soaked cookies of your choice, chocolate pudding, and milk – don’t forget to use the almond milk to make it Paleo!
Recipe: Chocolate Semifreddo
This great list of recipes was rounded up by PaleoHacks.com.
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