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Easy, healthy paleo 'sweets'

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for suggestions for something easy you can make when you want something sweetish after dinner but you don't generally keep things like honey or coconut flour in the house. Something quick, easy and that doesn't need to be made in bulk (like a cake - I'd eat it for every meal until it was done).

An example of the kind of thing I'm interested in was tonight's dessert: a carrot, cooked up and thrown in a blender with a tsp of shredded coconut, a heaped tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder, a tsp of ground almonds, some cinnamon and a bit of melted coconut oil to bind. Eat warm (from the carrots and recently-melted coconut oil) with a spoon or, if you can wait, roll into balls and chill in the fridge for a while. (Chill the carrot balls, that is - don't get in your fridge.) Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Any similar easy-peasy ideas that don't require that I buy too much in the way of actual 'sweet' things (like chocolate bars, honey, etc.). I don't really like to have those things in the house, but with the right accompaniments some vegetables and nuts can be amazingly dessert-y.

Let's see how creative you all are!

Thanks :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 15, 2013
at 07:06 PM

I love me some turnips, and love cabbage in coconut milk, but for some reason turnips just don't sound good. Or maybe I'll give it a try to see how it really turns out.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Funny how sweet potatoes in coconut milk sounds delicious, but the thought of turnips in coconut milk makes me want to puke.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:05 PM

HA! Maybe true, but we can't all be as hardcore as you. I don't think it's the worst thing in the world for someone to ask for ideas about sweet foods that, while obviously not the most nutritious or health-promoting, are a decent alternative to Little Debbie snack cakes. And of course, are not meant to be eaten in massive quantities.

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 14, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Fair enough :). You won't hear me complain about rustic :)

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on January 12, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Yum! I do an easier version of this- just a very ripe banana + a little sunbutter + a small teaspoon of cocoa powder. Mash it together, stick it in the freezer for about 10 minutes while I chug some water trying to convince myself that I'm not hungry, and then eat it anyway. :)

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on January 12, 2013
at 09:48 AM

Never tried it with almond flour. I prefer a rustic nutty texture!

C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

(1579)

on January 12, 2013
at 03:01 AM

you can even do this without the almond butter and it still works!

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 11, 2013
at 10:58 PM

i make them too, but I use dates and almond flour. I the sometimes bake a pan of bacon, save the crispiest parts and blend the fat and softer bacon into the bars, and usually add some nice dark chocolate then I roll hand rolled "bars" in almond or coconut and top with the crispy bacon bits. Refrigerate overnight and you get a nice firm bar that is very tasty.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 11, 2013
at 09:43 PM

I love making these as well! I just tend to eat them all when we make them!

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 11, 2013
at 09:42 PM

Same here, I can house a jar of sun butter in one sitting!

32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

(379)

on January 11, 2013
at 09:22 PM

I enjoy that as well.. I enjoy it so much that bar of chocolate or jar of sun butter has no chance of lasting the entire evening!

43e6e312fcc6b2cd2238e7898ad50480

(343)

on January 11, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Exactly the sort of thing I had in mind! That nut cake thing looks awesome... drool.

43e6e312fcc6b2cd2238e7898ad50480

(343)

on January 11, 2013
at 09:05 PM

These look amazing! I've always felt that throwing out all that broccoli was a tad wasteful. I'll definitely try these for a crunchy snack!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on January 11, 2013
at 08:48 PM

sounds delicious! I may have to try the banana smash tonight... Friday night is my open-ish meal!

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165202196ea111b32114ef2804a7dd94

on January 12, 2013
at 03:30 PM

-Roast or bake some red apples! drizzle some cinnamon and honey on them! yummmmmy! -You can always melt 85-90% chocolate with butter/coconut oil, and add it to fruits or nuts. -Celery and almond/nut butter? <- This might not be sweet enough, but it's pretty close.

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8818efcecf946a7ee7e281f6ef284514

on January 11, 2013
at 10:14 PM

Fruit kanten. Google it for recipes. It's simply cooked fruit and the natural thickener, agar agar, which is a seaweed. You cook the fruit of your choice, add the agar flakes, and it turns into a delicious pudding. Easy peasy.

You can find agar agar at any health food store.

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0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on January 11, 2013
at 09:25 PM

I make my own versions of Nakd/Lara bars. Sample recipe:

  • About 500g dates
  • 150-200g nuts of your choice (I like hazelnuts or almonds, or a mix of both)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Blend in a processer, smush into bar-shapes, refrigerate for about an hour and enjoy. You might want to line the tray/moulds with coconut oil so the mixture doesn't stick. If you want the bars to have a richer consistency, add a jar (about 200g?) of almond butter. This makes it taste ssooooo good, but I don't like to overdo the nuts as I'm conscious of my omega-6 intake :p Experiment with different ingredients like raisins, dessicated coconut, orange zest, etc.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on January 11, 2013
at 09:43 PM

I love making these as well! I just tend to eat them all when we make them!

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 11, 2013
at 10:58 PM

i make them too, but I use dates and almond flour. I the sometimes bake a pan of bacon, save the crispiest parts and blend the fat and softer bacon into the bars, and usually add some nice dark chocolate then I roll hand rolled "bars" in almond or coconut and top with the crispy bacon bits. Refrigerate overnight and you get a nice firm bar that is very tasty.

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on January 12, 2013
at 09:48 AM

Never tried it with almond flour. I prefer a rustic nutty texture!

5457372e78a910c00cd1dd579ecbdce3

(1230)

on January 14, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Fair enough :). You won't hear me complain about rustic :)

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3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

(817)

on January 11, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I have recently cut out all extra sugars that are 'legal' - like honey or maple syrup - but am still eating some fruits.

I have discovered that cinnamon is soo sweet! Sprinkle some on cottage cheese with some banana chunks -delicious!! And it is Super Simple!

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74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

How could I forget!?

The next time you're out grocery shopping, buy some really good dark chocolate.

And a jar of macadamia nut butter.

When you get home, reward yourself with a square or two dipped in said mac nut butter.

ABSURD AND DECADENT! Also, AMAZEBALLS!

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on January 11, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Here are my two go to desserts when I need sweet:

  • Berry Whip
    • Blueberries saueted in brown butter
    • Homemade Whipped cream with Heavy Cream, vanilla, and stevia
    • Top Berries with whipped cream, enjoy

  • Banana Smash
    • Microwave banana for one minute then mash
    • Add "seeds" of two vanilla beans
    • Add a couple of tablespoons of nut butter (almond, peanut, sun, macadamia, whatever)
    • Add a couple pinches of unsweetened cacao powder
    • A small pinch of salt
    • Mix and microwave for another minute
    • Serve with homemade whipped cream
    • Or Sprinkled with cinnamon (stolen from Fonda)

    Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

    (1826)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 08:48 PM

    sounds delicious! I may have to try the banana smash tonight... Friday night is my open-ish meal!

    2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

    (1614)

    on January 12, 2013
    at 05:52 PM

    Yum! I do an easier version of this- just a very ripe banana + a little sunbutter + a small teaspoon of cocoa powder. Mash it together, stick it in the freezer for about 10 minutes while I chug some water trying to convince myself that I'm not hungry, and then eat it anyway. :)

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    32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

    (41757)

    on January 13, 2013
    at 02:35 AM

    Bananas, sweet potatoes, or carrots simmered in coconut milk. I bet most any root veg would work, shying away for cabbage-y flavors like rutabagas and turnips.

    32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

    (41757)

    on January 15, 2013
    at 07:06 PM

    I love me some turnips, and love cabbage in coconut milk, but for some reason turnips just don't sound good. Or maybe I'll give it a try to see how it really turns out.

    Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

    (8014)

    on January 15, 2013
    at 05:06 PM

    Funny how sweet potatoes in coconut milk sounds delicious, but the thought of turnips in coconut milk makes me want to puke.

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    6ff6b58fa0b829abb803fd5eaf9f75c2

    on January 13, 2013
    at 12:02 AM

    Alternate recipe for the Choc avocado pudding (way better if you ask me ;-) ). Total fat bomb and it tastes amazing.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Avocado
    • Butter (lots)
    • 1 TBsp MCT oil
    • 2-3 Egg yolks
    • Good quality cocoa powder (1 TBsp or to taste)
    • Xylitol/stevia (to taste/tolerance)

    Process: Add butter, egg yolks and xylitol to food processor/blender/bowl for immersion blending.

    Blitz till the above mixture is emulsified and creamy

    Add the rest of ingredients and blend until no lumps/mixed

    There are alternate versions that use a bit of coconut milk as well, but the above will make a thicker one, that is almost mousse like in consistency.

    1
    3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

    (8395)

    on January 12, 2013
    at 12:18 AM

    I melt a square or two of 85% chocolate into a tablespoon of coconut butter. Eat it warm. Very decadent and filling.

    1
    74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

    on January 11, 2013
    at 11:51 PM

    You need coconut cream from the can of coconut milk. That's the really thick stuff.

    A couple tablespoons of cocoa.

    Xylitol to taste.

    Mix all this together in a mug, then pop it in the freezer for a bit to thicken. The xylitol actually dissolves. Add a dollop of macadamia nut butter on top.

    You're welcome! :)

    1
    F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

    (11698)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:52 PM

    Heat up wild organic frozen blueberries, top with coconut oil and cinnamon. Nice in winter - a warm berry soup.

    1
    42d2659b00602d58a378356006d0c737

    (140)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:32 PM

    A banana mashed up with coconut milk or heavy cream and cinnamon, and it's especially good if you add in walnuts or almond butter. Actually, just a banana with almond butter is one of my biggest indulgences right now. Also, if you cut up a banana and freeze it (or any berries, really), then mix it with unsweetened cocoa powder and some combination of coconut oil, coconut milk, and/or butter--instant chocolate ice cream!

    A baked sweet potato mashed up with coconut oil and cinnamon is good as dessert (throw in some shredded coconut or nuts) or with savory protein (especially ginger glazed fish). Apples stewed with butter and cinnamon, blueberries with goat cheese (omg), Greek yogurt mixed with any fruit + cinnamon, honestly.

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    753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:21 PM

    Mark's Daily Apple's banana "Pancakes"- add some cinnamon and vanilla extract to amplify the amazingness. Even my non-paleo, banana hating fiance will admit they smell amazing and taste good!!! I make a whole batch of them in silver dollar size (I recommend keeping them small, because there is no flour, they are a PITA to flip, keeping them little makes it more likely they will keep together), and then I refridgerate what I don't eat- they are also a great grab and go snack/breakfast because they reheat nicely after a few seconds in the microwave.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/almond-banana-pancakes/

    Best of all, you probably have what you need on hand- banana, an egg, almond butter (I recommend the crunchy kind), cinnamon and vanilla

    C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

    (1579)

    on January 12, 2013
    at 03:01 AM

    you can even do this without the almond butter and it still works!

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    0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

    on January 11, 2013
    at 08:46 PM

    pick up a banana. eat it.

    I consider fruits to be "sweets"

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    F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

    (15515)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 08:31 PM

    Fat bombs? Recipe

    43e6e312fcc6b2cd2238e7898ad50480

    (343)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:06 PM

    Exactly the sort of thing I had in mind! That nut cake thing looks awesome... drool.

    0
    B22b8d81bb058d990509c91fb20ee575

    (30)

    on January 15, 2013
    at 12:52 PM

    process avocado, add unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of honey = super creamy chocolate mousse

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    A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

    on January 15, 2013
    at 06:44 AM

    This brownie recipe might be a little complicated but it's sure to please:

    3 c. raisins or dates 1 whole avocado 4 squares unsweetened chocolate 1 tbsp coconut oil

    Melt chocolate in coconut oil, then blend all ingredients together in a food procesor. Spread in a pan, freeze for 3 hours, then cut into squares and serve

    0
    C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

    on January 11, 2013
    at 11:02 PM

    Not an eating dessert, but a mug of Sisson's tumeric tea does the trick for me!

    https://www.marksdailyapple.com/creamy-turmeric-tea/

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    06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

    on January 11, 2013
    at 08:53 PM

    I enjoy eating a bar of dark chocolate (85% +) or some chocolate almond/sun butter.

    Matt
    PhysiqueRescue.com

    32be195157f00ad15a933b8bb333dcc4

    (379)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:22 PM

    I enjoy that as well.. I enjoy it so much that bar of chocolate or jar of sun butter has no chance of lasting the entire evening!

    06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:42 PM

    Same here, I can house a jar of sun butter in one sitting!

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    3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

    on January 11, 2013
    at 08:40 PM

    I tried this the other day and it turned out delicious.

    http://www.keepitsimplefoods.com/vegetarian/baked-broccoli-chips/

    I didnt put any bread crumbs on it but used some cayenne pepper seasoning.

    Im sure you could play around with it and coat them in honey or sprinkle them with cinnamon.

    In fact, next time I will probably try that!

    43e6e312fcc6b2cd2238e7898ad50480

    (343)

    on January 11, 2013
    at 09:05 PM

    These look amazing! I've always felt that throwing out all that broccoli was a tad wasteful. I'll definitely try these for a crunchy snack!

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    1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

    on January 12, 2013
    at 05:54 PM

    Trying to make "clean eating" out of junk food recipes is about as clean as going down on a hooker after she's had a shower.

    Either way you're going to feel gross when you're done.

    Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

    (8014)

    on January 15, 2013
    at 05:05 PM

    HA! Maybe true, but we can't all be as hardcore as you. I don't think it's the worst thing in the world for someone to ask for ideas about sweet foods that, while obviously not the most nutritious or health-promoting, are a decent alternative to Little Debbie snack cakes. And of course, are not meant to be eaten in massive quantities.

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