I really like dessert. There, I said it. My taste buds are like an insatiable child. As soon as they taste savory, they want sweet and vice versa. Deciding on what kind of soft pretzel to get at Auntie Anne's is a serious internal battle every. single. time. (Really, though. Future husband, if you're out there, just know you must agree to always get the opposite of whichever flavor I choose so we can go halvsies. And don't even consider straying outside the cinnamon sugar/salted pretzel region. Pepperonis need to get OUT of my pretzel party.) This was a real issue when I first started the whole Paleo thing, especially since with the Whole30 cleanse, the idea is to stop the whole "dessert" concept completely. That didn't fly for me. Especially after doing some Google research and learning that the Paleo dessert recipes run rampant around the interwebz. I got pretty good at whipping up Paleo-tastic desserts quickly and basically became prehistoric Martha Stewart. These are some of my go-to recipes (only two of them actually require baking).
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey (this is not Whole30-friendly, however you could sub bananas or strawberries)
1 cup (unsweetened) cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine ingredients in a blender, store in the fridge for a few hours and serve with sliced bananas or strawberries. I swear it doesn't taste like guacamole. If you're feeling saucy, add coconut milk (the real kind from the can) on top and pretend like it's whipped cream.
Obviously real yogurt is off-limits and I don't know what they actually are, but those bursting juice balls probably are too, so instead of loading up my soft serve with gummy bears, I created my own version. I've made this a bajillion times and it's different every time, but basically instead of yogurt I use coconut milk from the can and use fresh fruit, nuts and shredded coconut for the toppings. My personal favorites are sliced bananas and strawberries, frozen blueberries and raspberries, sliced almonds and always unsweetened shredded coconut.
These guys surprised me when they turned out to be majorly delicious. It's a little more work because of the clean up and what not, but totally worth it. The original recipe is here.
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
1 banana (no brown spots!)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the vanilla and sliced up banana letting it cook for a couple minutes before carefully flipping. Drizzle honey over the nanners once they're browned on both sides, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy.
These pancakes really are stupid easy.
1 overripe banana
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Combine the ingredients in a bowl, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat and cook the banana/egg mixture a spoonful at a time and flip like you would with pancake batter. Eat them by themselves or get crazy with sliced fruit/cinnamon/honey.
Okay, this one isn't that easy but it was really tasty. Then again, this was after spending 30 days without sugar, so perhaps my judgement can't be trusted. Anyway, check it out here.
What do you sugar-free people eat when you have a sweet tooth?
**Sorry about the brownie in the picture. I totally made them and I remember them being delicious but I didn't post the recipe and now I have no recollection of how it was made, so I will be experimenting and reporting back soon.**