When you start eating Paleo, it can be easy to assume the only dessert you’ll be having is a piece of fruit. While frozen grapes are great, sometimes your sweet tooth requires a little more. Luckily, there are plenty of Paleo-approved sweeteners and substitutes that can be turned into awesome Paleo desserts—almond butter, coconut milk, and avocado, to name a few.
As these recipes show, you only need a few ingredients to make something delicious that won’t throw you off your clean-eating game. Keep these on hand, because when you only need three things, it’s a lot harder to justify grabbing the pint of ice cream in the back of your freezer.
1. No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
While most nice creams start with bananas, we love the frozen strawberry base in this recipe. When you blend the berries with chilled coconut milk and maple syrup, you can barely taste the fact that it’s Paleo and dairy-free.
2. Chocolate Almond Butter Bites
These chocolate bites are a little too easy to pop, but since they’re only made with almond butter, coconut flour, and chocolate, it’s definitely a better alternative to Reese’s. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to the top if you want some extra texture and flavor.
3. Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Whoever realized avocado would be a good addition to desserts deserves a round of applause. Avos make healthy pudding so much creamier, and between dates and cacao powder, it’s still just as sweet as you want it to be. If you feel like breaking the three-ingredient rule, add chia seeds, shredded coconut, or cacao nibs for topping.
4. Five-Minute Peppermint Fudge
If you’re a Peppermint Patty or Junior Mints fan, you’ll love this ridiculously easy fudge recipe. As the name suggests, there’s only five minutes of prep time involved, then you let it freeze for an hour. Peppermint extract is the real hero here, giving the chocolate and almond butter fudge a minty fresh taste.
5. Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies
The best part of these rich, crunchy brownies? Since they’re made with bananas, almond butter, and cocoa powder, you don’t have to feel the tiniest bit guilty eating brownies for breakfast. Because sometimes, it’s just that kind of day.
6. Mango Chia Seed Pudding
If you like your desserts fruity rather than chocolaty, try this super-easy chia seed pudding recipe. It’s made with coconut milk, mango, and chia seeds, and will make you feel like you’re sitting on a beach. FYI, the pudding needs a few hours (or overnight) in the fridge for the chia seeds to expand.
7. Easy Dairy-Free Fudge
This fudge looks like mini brownie bites and tastes like frosting, so chocoholics, we’d say this one’s for you. Grab a bag of Paleo chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life) and melt them with coconut milk and coconut oil. This might be our new favorite way to use muffin tins.
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