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No Sweetener Desserts

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I am about 3 weeks into a Paleo-ish diet that I've been placed on ( very willingly) by my naturopath. I have researched and dabbled with Paleo in the past, but this is the first time I've actually made the plunge. I have been having some undiagnosed health issues and we're hoping this diet helps.

Currently I'm doing no grain, no starchy veggies (so no potatoes, sweet potato, beet, carrot, etc), no fruit and no sugar/sweetener. I can do raw and high fat dairy (though I'm considering taking this one out). ( as an side note: I'm supposed to keep my carbs at less than 45g, protein at less than 50g and get the balance of my calories from fat....)

My dilemma is that I'd really like something dessert like. Does anyone have ideas about something that might hit the spot, but not have sweetener? I know that cream has a natural sweetness to it, as does coconut milk... I'm wondering how an ice cream or pudding sans sweetener would taste. Has anyone tried? Any ideas are welcome.

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on September 19, 2012
at 02:00 PM

LOVE this..had it many timms.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 01, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I did this the other day with some coconut milk added to it. Delish and filling!

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 26, 2011
at 10:18 AM

I've just made a great chocolate slice with these as the main ingredients plus coconut flour. The chocolate really does give you a nice high. I use raw cacao powder with nothing added to it.

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(2007)

on June 22, 2011
at 07:18 PM

You can add a touch of alcohol to keep it softer, in lieu of the sugar.

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(20436)

on June 22, 2011
at 05:52 PM

There's a large bar?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 22, 2011
at 05:49 PM

+1 for the Lindt 85% dark. About 1g sugar per square (8 squares in a bar). Just had some with almonds. Keeps me out of the cookies in the snack machine.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:52 PM

I haven't been brave enough to attempted the chocolate for fear that it WILL make things WORSE. Chocolate was a pre paleo staple... I didn't over indulge, but I had a few squares of high quality chocolate a day. That ice cream sounds lovely. I might give that a go today. Thanks for the link!

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:50 PM

This sounds really yummy! I've always been an egg custard fan, just wasn't sure how it would taste without the sugar or honey.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on June 22, 2011
at 01:22 PM

This is good to know. I do have an ice cream maker. I was just nervous to try it and end up feeling like I "wasted" it because it didn't work.

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D72e9d21977363ea1850fa00555f151a

on June 22, 2011
at 12:46 PM

You can whip your own heavy whipping cream and put a dash of cinnamon on top. Tastes pretty sweet to me.

If you mix some shredded coconut and coconut milk and add a tiny bit of salt to it, it'll taste pretty sweet too.

If you buy some super dark chocolate (Lindt 85%), it's pretty low carb. You can put some of those shavings on top of the whipped heavy cream too.

As you adjust you'll stop craving sweets soon :).

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(20436)

on June 22, 2011
at 05:49 PM

+1 for the Lindt 85% dark. About 1g sugar per square (8 squares in a bar). Just had some with almonds. Keeps me out of the cookies in the snack machine.

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on June 22, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Chowstalker now has a sister site, DessertStalker.com, showcasing all sorts of paleo dessert recipes (including a couple of mine :) ).

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Coconut oil mixed with cocoa - very delicious! I sometimes add a little bit of double cream as well!!

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 26, 2011
at 10:18 AM

I've just made a great chocolate slice with these as the main ingredients plus coconut flour. The chocolate really does give you a nice high. I use raw cacao powder with nothing added to it.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:15 PM

a quick treat that should satisfy your sweet tooth is unsweetened shredded coconut (1/2 oz or up to 1 oz) with a Tsp of organic almond butter. this always works for me in a pinch.

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

(3209)

on September 01, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I did this the other day with some coconut milk added to it. Delish and filling!

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:02 PM

Can you do nuts? I have all sorts of associations with nuts and sweets due to candy bars. Almond butter on celery might work - crunchy, nutty, sort of sweet. Also, full-fat yogurt, the kind that has cream on top. My favorite brand for this is Seven Stars, usually available at health/naturalfoods shops.

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on June 26, 2011
at 11:11 AM

Paleo icecream could be the go for you. Coconut milk, egg (whites or whole, it's up to you. Whole makes the icecream richer) and you can flavour however you like. Vanilla beans make a good mix in or you could go for something like fresh mint or even just macadamias as they are quite sweet, for nuts. There are some good recipes for paleo icecream around (just google it). The one I like best from paleodietlifestyle.com has honey in it for sweetener but its optional of course:

1 can full fat coconut milk 2 eggs or 4 yolks vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla essence to taste) whatever other flavours you want to add

Method - use a double boiler (or a pan with hot water with a bowl on top) to heat the coconut milk, but not boil it. Whisk the eggs into oblivion in a separate bowl. When the coconut milk is hot, add a ladel-full to the eggs and keep whisking. Do this over and over until all the coconut milk is whisked into the eggs. Let it cool down for a little bit, then add your flavours, then refridgerate until cold. Then whack it in the freezer to freeze.

So yum!

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on June 26, 2011
at 10:20 AM

Agree with the previous posts - there are many ingredients that taste naturally sweet without having that cloying sweetness that most sweet foods have these days.

I crave sweet foods rarely now and am finding Lara Bars too sweet. It's really nice when you realise you don't crave a hit of sugar.

I think using the following in some form will really help you: almond meal/flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, natural vanilla extract, coconut milk, berries (these are low sugar).

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:38 PM

Banana soft serve! Freeze a banana (without the peel), then puree it in a blender or food processor. I drizzle almond butter on top or add dark chocolate pieces.

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on September 19, 2012
at 02:00 PM

LOVE this..had it many timms.

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:20 PM

I mix up some canned peach slices and some 85% dark chocolate with as much heavy cream as I can handle.

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:09 PM

melt some butter in a bowl, mix in unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut milk. sometimes I add a splash of heavy cream , a drop of vanilla, or a raw egg to bump it up to the next level.

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on June 22, 2011
at 02:10 PM

Another vote for 85% chocolate here. Well, unless chocolate triggers your "FEEEEEEEEED ME CHOCOLATE YOU PALEO FREAK" monster. Ahem, but I wouldn't know anything about that (nor do I allow myself to buy the large bar anymore).

I've been eyeing this recipe for coconut vanilla icecream for a while now. It looks great! -->http://paleodietlifestyle.com/paleo-coconut-vanilla-ice-cream/

-Ryan Wilder

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on June 22, 2011
at 05:52 PM

There's a large bar?

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:52 PM

I haven't been brave enough to attempted the chocolate for fear that it WILL make things WORSE. Chocolate was a pre paleo staple... I didn't over indulge, but I had a few squares of high quality chocolate a day. That ice cream sounds lovely. I might give that a go today. Thanks for the link!

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Ps stand small dish in larger one. Fill bottom dish with water till comes 3/4 up sides of smaller dish.

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:47 PM

Pre heat oven to 180 C. Grease smallish baking dish.(to fit 4-6 eggs + tin of coconut milk) Have larger baking dish/pan for Bain maree. Blend/wisk eggs till fluffy, add coconut milk and Blend for a min or two. Pour into small baking tin. Top with nutmeg. Bake for 30min or until no longer runny. This is my desperate time number one.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:50 PM

This sounds really yummy! I've always been an egg custard fan, just wasn't sure how it would taste without the sugar or honey.

0
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on June 22, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Vanilla and cinnamon seem to give the illusion of sugar. If/when you decide you can work fruits in again- bananas are super handy in this respect. Are you having cravings for sweets? If so, consider taking bitters or eating a bitter salad before meals.

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:13 PM

My go-to's are cappuccino with heavy cream, a shot of whisky or scotch, or a pat of butter. I like to just nibble on butter like others eat cheese. :) None of these are particularly sweet, but they somehow quench my sweet tooth. Also, don't forget super dark 72% and greater dark chocolates or nibs. They contain very low sugar and can give you some sweet relief in small doses.

I did try freezing some heavy cream in a bowl last weekend. It gets kinda crystally and VERY hard. But if you have an ice cream maker, I don't see why you can't make ice cream without sugar. Frozen heavy cream tastes really good!!

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on June 22, 2011
at 01:22 PM

This is good to know. I do have an ice cream maker. I was just nervous to try it and end up feeling like I "wasted" it because it didn't work.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on June 22, 2011
at 07:18 PM

You can add a touch of alcohol to keep it softer, in lieu of the sugar.

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