You know exactly the feeling we’re talking about — that mid-morning craving for something sweet to go alongside your coffee or herbal tea, or the desire for an indulgent late-night snack before crawling into bed. Desserts can be wonderful, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Like any food, desserts and sweet treats should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet — and maintaining one as an expecting, new, or busy mom is absolutely vital to ensure that our health and energy levels stay in check.
But what if you could have both? A dessert that’s packed to the brim with healthy ingredients and health benefits, yet looks (and tastes!) just as good as any high-calorie treat? Moms, we bring you our list of our top 5 favorite Paleo dessert recipes. These incredible creations are not only amazingly delicious, but will satisfy any salty or sweet cravings at any time of day — without leaving you feeling guilty afterward!
Without further ado, here’s our lovely list of delicious Paleo desserts! Click on the links provided or on the picture for the recipes! Which one will you try this week?
1. Ultimate Soft and Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
What’s this? A chewy, super soft chocolate chip cookie that has no dairy, grains, or soy in sight? Sounds impossible… but actually, it isn’t!
Courtesy of Paleo Running Momma, this Paleo cookie recipe uses almond butter, coconut sugar and coconut flour (instead of refined sugars and white flour) to create these gorgeous, tasty cookies. Best of all, this recipe takes only a few minutes to pull together and bakes quickly, too. Share them with your kids and your partner, but just make sure that you make a large enough batch because they’ll be sure to disappear quickly!
2. Salted Caramel “Cheesecake” Bites
Of course, if you’ve ever been on the Paleo diet, you’ll know that these “cheesecake” bites don’t actually contain any cheese, since it is forbidden. Rather, this recipe from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind uses raw cashews — soaked overnight and ground in a blender — to create an incredibly milky, creamy texture that’s just like the real thing! And surprise, this recipe also calls for a half cup of shredded zucchini — and neither you nor your kids, will even realize it’s in there!
3. Super Quick Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse has got to be one of the world’s most decadent desserts. Rich and creamy, it’s loved by children and adults alike. However, traditional mousses are made with ingredients such as raw eggs, which carry the risk of salmonella poisoning and must be avoided at all costs when pregnant.
This unique recipe from the Healthy Foodie calls for date paste, an avocado, coconut milk, and cacao powder to achieve this amazing result. And the best part about it is that all you need to do is dump the ingredients into a bowl and mix away!
4. Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Fudge
If there was ever anything to look forward to when mom was baking, it was this: licking the tasty batter out of the bowl or off the beaters. While baking is a wonderful pastime and one that should also be shared with your kids, pregnant women should avoid it. However, this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge from Mommypotamus should do the trick! Make your own batch today with almond butter, cashews, and maple syrup — it’s a winning combination of health and practicality. Get the recipe here.
5. Almond Butter Truffles
And just when you think it couldn’t get any better – along come these decadent almond butter truffles by The Paleo Cupboard. With just five pure ingredients, they are a breeze to make. Bonus: they taste delicious! Who would guess that they pack a protein punch with creamy almond butter and get their delicate sweetness from raw honey? These little truffles are perfect any time, day or night!
Oh, and just in case you didn’t know… each of our Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes comes with an edible treat of some kind. Whether that’s a packet of luxuriously rich NibMor cacao nibs or a bag of nutty, salty, sweet granola snacks — there’s always something tasty to look forward to in an ECM box!
What do you think of these desserts? Are there any you’d try at home? Do you have any favorite go-to Paleo or healthy dessert recipes of your own you’d like to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
A freelance copywriter and content strategist, Eden is also a crunchy, eco-mom to 4 healthy kids (under the age of 6!). When not busy writing, she loves getting her hands dirty by making her own yogurt, mixing homemade laundry detergent, or chasing her kids in the garden with a Super Soaker.