There have been endless amount of diets knocking about for years but the reality is, most of them are unsustainable, don’t have lasting effects and in some cases, can be dangerous. The Paleo Diet (sometimes referred to as the Caveman Diet) is a more of a lifestyle change and is based on what people may have eaten during the Paleolithic era, such as meat, nuts and berries.
It is believed that the human metabolism has been unable to adapt to modern day foods such as grains, dairy and the processed rubbish that fills our local stores. This is where Paleo comes in to help. As Aimee & Clint from Primal Influence put it: "By reducing/eliminating inflammatory ingredients, and tailoring nutrition to one's own needs, it has incredible health benefits. It's not a one-size-fits-all 'diet' and it's not a 'diet'. It's a baseline and guide. It's about eating as similarly to how our ancestors ate but to suit a modern time (factoring in modern health problems genetic / DNA changes, the environment around us, how we live, chronic stress, modern movement patterns etc).”
The Paleo Diet cuts out a lot of junk often used in desserts but that doesn’t mean great tasting desserts are off the table. Whether you’re on the Paleo Diet, or diet eating healthy, it’s still possible to have desserts that won’t wreck your progress and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve put on a 10 pounds.
So, are you ready for some great, easy to make desserts that’ll leave you satisfied and guilt free? Let’s do this!
It’s difficult to resist the temptation to snack on a little chocolate every now and then. Brownies are one of the most popular desserts, and they can definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Just because you are on a strict Paleo diet, doesn’t mean you can enjoy the occasional brownie. Paleo brownies may not be full of sugar, but they still taste good. Here is a Paleo approved chocolate brownie recipe courtesy of Eat Drink Paleo.
These brownies are made using sweet potatoes. They also use coconut flour instead of normal flour and coconut oil instead of olive oil or butter. They don’t contain any added sugar (aside from the honey), only naturally occurring sugars from the ingredients used. The recipe also recommends you use white coloured sweet potatoes as they are a bit milder and sweeter than the orange variety. If you find these brownies aren’t sweet enough you can adjust the amount of honey you use.
Pancakes don’t have to be unhealthy. They are so versatile, you can try all sorts of healthy ingredients in your pancakes. If you have had way too many banana protein pancakes and want another sweet but healthy alternative, then try sweet potato. Sweet potato pancakes smell and taste amazing, they contain a comforting mix of cinnamon and nutmeg. Top them with some fresh coconut yogurt and you can tuck into a guilt free paleo dessert.
Sweet potato is a root vegetable, and it actually works well in a variety of sweet dishes. Sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A as well as iron, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and magnesium. These pancakes don’t contain any added or refined sugar, only naturally occurring sugars in the sweet potato. They are so easy and simple to make, but you do need a bit of prep time as the sweet potato needs to be pre-cooked. Sweet potatoes are naturally fairly sweet in taste, but if you want some extra sweetness add a couple of spoonfuls of honey into the mix.
Banana pancakes are a firm favourite, but when you throw some cacao powder into the mix, they taste even better. You don’t need to add any chocolate to your pancakes, instead you get the ‘chocolate’ taste from the raw cacao powder. This recipe is great if you often have over ripe bananas lying around your kitchen. You benefit from the goodness of the bananas and also a healthy dose of protein.
Try and use slightly over ripe bananas rather than the fresher green looking ones. The ripe bananas are far easier to mash into the mixture. These pancakes are ideal for those times when you have a craving for something sweet but fairly healthy. There is no added sugar to this recipe, only the natural sweetness from the bananas. If you want to make your banana pancakes a bit sweeter then add a few spoonfuls of honey. If you want to be really naughty then add some 85% dark chocolate into the mixture (break up into small chunks).
Everyone loves a chocolate chip cookie, and a diet without any cookies at all would be tough. Fear not, you can make your very own paleo approved chocolate chip cookies by swapping a few ingredients. Thankfully, there are many different ways you can eat chocolate chip cookies, which is handy if you have a restrictive diet. These cookies are so delicious that you won’t even notice they are paleo. This recipe was inspired by Primalpalate.
These mouthwatering cookies are free from refined sugar, dairy (except from the egg) and gluten. If you get them spot on, they have a nice crunchy exterior and a smooth and chewy interior. Coconut oil is used instead of butter, almond flour is used instead of normal flour and maple syrup or honey instead of refined sugar. Dairy free chocolate or chocolate chips are also used instead of milk chocolate.
There you have it. Just 4 great, easy to make options for you to try.
Check out these other great Paleo blogs for more recipes and inspiration.
Despite the benefits we’ve learned about protein powders, not all of them are keto-friendly. Just like any product for people on a low-carb diet, you need to read the label closely to make sure you’re not consuming added carbs and sugars.