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Going Paleo is all about eating like your ancestors. You take it back to nature. You keep it simple. You approach life like a hunter-gatherer on the eternal quest for balanced nutrients. But you also sometimes crave sugar with the single-minded obsession of a brain-seeking zombie. What do you do when a hard day or a sudden midnight desire leaves you craving ice cream, brownies, or worse?

The good news is that dessert isn’t completely off the table on a Paleo Diet. As part of your 15% you can afford to occasionally satisfy one of those cravings with something that is Paleo-friendly, but not 100 percent Paleo. Your ancestors sought out fruits and other sugar sources for their own natural reasons. Certainly your best option is to follow in their footsteps and eat a healthy bowl of fruit. Paleo “substitutions” for traditional deserts are rarely ever truly Paleo (and are often super complicated, to boot.) The good news is that you don’t need 30-ingredient barely-Paleo recipes to sate a dessert craving. When you’re having an unbeatable craving for an old favorite, there are a few minimal-guilt options you can turn to. And what’s better is that they are so simple that they require only a few ingredients while still being deliciously dessert-like. Join us, for a few amazingly simple Paleo desserts that have five ingredients or fewer.

 

1) Creamy Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Banana Ice Cream

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Ice cream is a tedious thing to make at home, and Paleo cuts out dairy anyway. Believe it or not, Paleo ice cream is much easier to make than normal ice cream, with none of the fat or dairy. It’s as simple as freezing a chopped banana and owning a blender.

1 Ingredient

  • Frozen Banana Pieces
  • (Blender)

 

Optional Bonus Ingredients

  • Coconut/Almond Milk
  • Other Frozen Fruits
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (At least 90% cocoa, no milk)
  • Chopped Nuts

 

Instructions

Let the bananas ripen and slice them up. Then freeze the chunks laid out in one layer on parchment paper so they don’t clump (this isn’t required but it makes them easier to blend). When the chunks are fully frozen, toss as many as you want into a blender and blend until creamy.

  • Let bananas ripen a little more than your favorite ripeness
  • Peel and chop pieces into an airtight freezer-safe container
  • Freeze
  • Blend in a blender until creamy
  • Enjoy

 

2) Homemade Sorbet

Homemade Paleo Sorbet

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This uses the exact same approach as banana ice cream except that juicy fruits have a different texture when you freeze and blend them. Berries, in particular, make excellent sorbet but any other fruit you love is worth a spin.

 

2 Ingredients

  • Frozen Fruit
  • Ice Cubes
  • (Blender)

 

Optional Ingredients

  • Coconut/Almond Milk
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla

 

Instructions

Once again, the key is simply to blend frozen fruit into a soft delicious sorbet texture. Freeze berries or chop fruit into bite-sized pieces to freeze. When frozen, remove and blend in desired amounts until soft. Use ice cubes and coconut/almond milk to achieve your ideal texture. Bananas make your sorbet creamier.

  • Chop bite-sized fruit pieces into a freezer-safe container
  • Seal and freeze
  • Blend to taste
  • Enjoy

 

3) Dark Chocolate-Covered Nut-Butter Banana Bites

The title for this treat has more words than the recipe has ingredients. This 4-ingredient treat is amazing and can even be cut down to 2-ingredients if you don’t need the super-dark chocolate. When choosing your nut-butter, remember to avoid peanut-butter, as peanuts are legumes and therefore not Paleo.

 

4 Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Almond or Cashew Butter
  • Dark Chocolate (90% +, no milk)
  • Coconut Oil
  • (Cookie Sheet)
  • (Wax Paper)

 

Optional Ingredients

  • Dark Chocolate Chips (90% +)
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Substitute Coconut Oil for other Paleo oils

 

Instructions

These take a few steps to make but are not at all complicated. Essentially, you’re making banana-and-nut-butter sandwiches, then coating them in the dark chocolate. With some freezing. Here’s how:

  • Slice Your Banana
    • approx 1/4 inch slices
  • Lay half banana slices on cookie sheet
  • Microwave nut butter
  • Dollop cashew or almond butter onto banana slices
    • neatly, no overflow
  • Top sandwiches with second half of banana slices
  • Freeze
  • Melt oil and chocolate together in the microwave
  • Dip frozen sandwiches into chocolate to coat
    • reheat chocolate as necessary
  • Lay out on cookie sheet
  • Freeze
  • Enjoy

 

4) Simple Paleo Fudge / Fudge Icing

Fudge, icing, and brownies are all things that are left behind in the Paleo lifestyle. But there is a Paleo alternative that’s close enough to satiate those old cravings. Paleo allows for really dark chocolate (90% +, no milk,) so you can use simple ingredients to reinvent fudge, icing, and brownies all using the same ingredients in about the same way.

 

3 Ingredients

  • Chocolate (At least 90% cocoa, no milk)
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Oil
  • (Muffin Pan)

 

Optional Ingredients:

  • Mashed Banana
  • Almond Meal (or any other freshly ground nut)
  • Almond or Cashew Butter
  • Vanilla

 

Instructions

Making Paleo fudge is all about the ingredients. If you start with cocoa powder, you’ll need bananas or flour to add firmness and texture. But if you start with Paleo chocolate, simply melt the chocolate and blend it with coconut milk and oil until you reach the soft fudgy texture you desire. Use more liquid to make icing, or use less oil and more firming ingredients to make brownies. It’s so natural it seems like magic and it’s a surprisingly delicious alternative to all that refined flour and sugar in traditional treats.

  • Melt chocolate with coconut milk and oil
  • Pour into muffin pan
  • Cool in fridge
  • Enjoy

 

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Paleo cooking doesn’t have to be a complex process of substitutions. In fact, the best recipes are in the true simple-eating spirit of Paleo living: with a few simple ingredients. These recipes keep it natural, simple, and surprisingly sating for your new-world sugar cravings. Contact us today or check out more recipes in the Paleo blog!

 

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