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50 of the world’s best Paleo Dessert recipes

Super delicious paleo desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth

Known as the Stone Age or Caveman diet, a paleo lifestyle is easier to follow than you think. When you go paleo, your eating plan consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and high-quality animal protein.

You should also crowd out the dairy, legumes and grains with healthy fat, protein, and veggies in a way that will help you meet your daily nutrient requirements.

Dessert is like a feel-good song and the best ones make you dance.

~ Chef Edward Lee

When switching to paleo, people think they should say no to desserts. However, there’s a long list of paleo dessert recipes your sweet tooth will love:

Recipe 1: Chocolate Coconut Drops

The marriage of chocolate and coconut in this delicious dessert will make your mouth water at the first bite. Not only is it delicious, but this simple dessert is packed full of healthy fats. If you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to break your diet, you’ll love these chocolate coconut drops.

Calories per serving: 372

Prep time: 0 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe 2: Delicata Squash Brownies

We bet you’ve never heard of chocolate brownies with a squash base before! While it may sound more like an entree, the taste of the squash is completely disguised by the chocolate and only the texture remains to create a sweet, gooey brownie.

Calories per serving: 154

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Recipe 3: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert loved by nearly everyone. Most of us fall in love with these cookies as kids, but as we grow up, we realize that eating chocolate chip cookies whenever we want probably isn’t the best for our waistline. If you adopted a paleo diet, you probably kissed your cookie eating days goodbye – until you saw this recipe!

Calories per serving: 236

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Recipe 4: Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin flavored treats are all the rage during this time of year, especially when you add in chocolate chips. Believe it or not, there are several tasty paleo-friendly pumpkin treats, including this chocolate chip coconut flour pumpkin bar. The flavors of the chocolate, pumpkin and coconut are an unexpected combination, but once you try them together, you won’t be able to go back to plain pumpkin desserts!

Calories per serving: 140

Prep time: 10

Cook time: 20

Recipe 5: Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

Let’s be honest with ourselves- nutella is absolutely delicious. But it’s also absolutely terrible for our bodies. It’s loaded with refined sugars and carbohydrates- but this paleo chocolate hazelnut tart is a healthier alternative. It tastes just like a nutella flavored dessert but is made with natural sugars and healthy fats.

Calories per serving: 406

Prep time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Cook time: 0

Recipe 6: Lemon Bars

If you’re a fan of fruity desserts, you’ll fall hard for these lemon bars. They’re the perfect mix of both sweet and tart. Most of us think of chocolate when it comes to decadent desserts, but these lemon bars hit the spot when you want something sweet and light.

Calories per serving: 146

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Recipe 7: Strawberry Cheesecake

You can’t go wrong when it comes to cheesecake. It’s light, fluffy, sweet and comes in a variety of flavors. Whether you’re a fan of chocolate, peanut butter or fruity desserts, you can find a cheesecake that fits with your taste. This paleo strawberry cheesecake is like nothing you’ve ever tried before- give it a try!

Calories per serving: 470

Prep time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Cook time: 800 minutes

Recipe 8: Fudgy Paleo brownies

When you switch to a paleo diet, it’s safe to assume that ultra rich, chocolatey desserts are out of the question. However, this fudgy paleo brownie recipe will completely change your mind. Made with coconut flour, cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of espresso powder, this recipe has a burst of different chocolate flavors and a touch of coffee flavor to give the brownies that extra kick.

Calories per serving: 275

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 21 minutes

Recipe 9: Chocolate Baked Donut Recipe

Donuts are a delicious treat at any time of the day- morning, afternoon or night, a donut is always a yummy treat! However, donut dough is usually heavily processed and filled with not-so-good-for-you ingredients. This chocolate baked donut recipe is packed with healthy fats from coconut flavored products, such as flour and oil, and gets its rich chocolate flavor from cocoa powder. Why buy your own donuts when you can make them?

Calories per serving: 260

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 pictures

Recipe 10: Apple Fritters

Attention all apple pie lovers! We have just the dessert for you! This apple fritter recipe, made with natural sweeteners like maple syrup and healthy extras like chia seeds, is a lighter, healthier version of apple pie. It’s packed with juicy apples and loads of protein and healthy fats so not only is it delicious, but it’s also filling.

Calories per serving: 224

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Recipe 11: Almond and Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons are already one of the lightest and healthiest desserts out there- made with almond flour and egg whites, macaroons are sweet without being sickeningly so. However, traditional macaroon recipes aren’t always paleo friendly- but these almond and coconut flavored macaroons are. They take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are a great after meal dessert or midday snack.

Calories per serving: 283

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Recipe 12: Blueberry Mint Coconut Water Popsicles

What could possibly sound more refreshing than fruity, minty coconut water? The only thing more refreshing is all of these flavors combined in a popsicle to have on a warm day. Blueberry and mint flavors complement each other nicely and the subtle sweetness of coconut water mixed in creates the perfect treat for a warm day.

Calories per serving: 50

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 13: Double Chocolate Brownie

This chocolate brownie recipe is super easy to make- all you need is a skillet and some key ingredients to experience a chocolatey explosion in your mouth. The coconut flour, almond meal and banana mix together to create a firm and gooey brownie base. When the cocoa powder and chocolate chips are added, it’ll be hard to resist not eating this mouthwatering dessert raw!

Calories per serving: 280

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Recipe 14: Homemade Nutella

Chocolate and hazelnut together is one of the most iconic flavor combinations. Most people are introduced to these delicious flavors with nutella. While nutella is delicious, it certainly isn’t the healthiest spread. However, this homemade nutella recipe brings together these delicious flavors while remaining paleo-friendly and healthier than the nutella you buy in a jar.

Calories per serving: 36

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe 15: Pumpkin Muffins

These pumpkin muffins are created with a unique mix of almond, tapioca and coconut flours, as well as festive pumpkin puree and pumpkin spices. The puree mixed with the flour makes a firm batter and when the pumpkin spices are added, your whole kitchen will smell like fall and winter. If you’re a fan of sweet squash and fall treats, you should give them a try.

Calories per serving: 169

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Recipe 16: Cranberry Coffee cake

Cranberry coffee cake pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee after a nice meal. This yummy paleo dessert is sweetened naturally with maple syrup and coconut sugar, alongside over one cup of fresh cranberries. The tangy flavor of the cranberries mixed with the subtle sweetness in the cake are a wonderful combination.

Calories per serving: 433

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 60 minutes

Recipe 17: Almond Butter Brownies

There’s nothing better than finding a way to make a healthy version of your favorite dessert. These almond butter brownies are paleo-friendly, but also have some of the most delicious ingredients from raw honey to almond butter and cacao powder. These gooey, nutty brownies melt in your mouth with every bite and won’t go straight to your hips!

Calories per serving: 253

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Recipe 18: Honey Almond Fudge Cups

This honey almond fudge has only 5 ingredients and is surprisingly healthy.Made with almond butter, raw honey and coconut oil, this dessert is sweet, nutty and flour and grain-free! You can make these fudge cups in bulk and store them in the fridge or freezer for a quick treat at any time.

Calories per serving:

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Recipe 19: Raw Carrot Cake

This raw carrot cake recipe is a unique spin on the classic version. It’s made with whole foods like dates, carrots and walnuts but is transformed into a sweet, chewy cake. If you want to make a decadent dessert but are in a rush, this is perfect for you! It takes only 20 minutes to whip up and the end result is absolutely scrumptious.

Calories per serving: 180

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 20: Chocolate Chip Protein Energy Balls

Protein energy balls are a great dessert choice if you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth but also help fight cravings. Collagen peptides are the secret ingredient in this recipe- they add protein and also help fight cravings because they make any food more filling. Add chocolate chips and stevia to sweeten this healthy dessert.

Calories per serving: 67

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 21: Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is perfect for both breakfast and dessert- it’s sweet, but not too sweet that it should be reserved for after dinner. This recipe is unique in that it’s paleo-friendly. It requires simple ingredients like coconut flour and pumpkin puree, but the secret ingredient is the Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice. This spice mixture mixed with the extra cinnamon in the recipe creates the perfect winter treat.

Calories per serving: 212

Prep time: 8 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Recipe 22: No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars

Are you looking for a dessert that’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo? You’ve come to the right place. When you have so many dietary restrictions, it can be hard to find yummy desserts that you can eat. However, these chocolate almond bars don’t only fit your dietary requirements, but are sweet, creamy and will melt in your mouth.

Calories per serving: 256

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 23: Homemade Twix Bars

When you’re paleo and have a craving for candy, choosing one at the supermarket is pretty much out of the question. But that doesn’t mean you can never have candy again! Did you know that you can make homemade candy bars that taste even better than the store-bought kind? These homemade twix bars are made with nut flours and nut butters, as well as natural sweeteners like maple syrup, not to mention they only take under half an hour to make!

Calories per serving: 159

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe 24: Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

What do you do when you get a craving for a sweet treat but are short on ingredients and time? You make banana ice cream! The only ingredients required are frozen bananas and cocoa powder, if you’re a chocolate-lover. Throw the two ingredients in the blender for a few minutes and you have a healthy and delicious dessert.

Calories per serving: 110

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 25: Crepes with Apple Compote

Like some other desserts on this list, crepes can be eaten as either a breakfast or dessert food. There are also several different kinds of toppings that you can put on them, ranging from nutella to ham and cheese. However, it’s not always easy to find tasty paleo-friendly toppings- but these crepes are topped with a simple apple compote made of apple juice, coconut oil, cinnamon and apples. They’re sweet and paleo-friendly!

Calories per serving: 162

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Recipe 26: Almond, Apple and Blackberry Skillet Cake

When you want a decadent dessert without a pile of dishes to do, the best option is a skillet cake. You can combine all of the ingredients and then cook the cake in the same dish it will be served in! This particular recipe is made with nut products, fresh fruit and sweet spices so not only is it simple to make and delicious, but it’s also fresh and paleo-friendly.

Calories per serving: 190

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Recipe 27: Pumpkin Bars

These coconut flour pumpkin bars have coconut flour and oil, pumpkin puree and eggs as their main ingredients, making them rich and dense without being too heavy. Flavored with maple syrup and a plethora of spices, you won’t want to stop eating these yummy pumpkin bars once you start! Make a batch for the family or bring them to a holiday party and you’ll be a hit!

Calories per serving: 241

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Recipe 28: Vegan Cheesecake

No one should have to miss out on cheesecake, no matter what their dietary restrictions are! This light and fluffy cheesecake recipe will make you forget that there’s no eggs or dairy. With every airy, sweet bite, you’ll fall more and more in love with this dessert. Rather than cheese, the base of this cheesecake is made with rich coconut milk, soaked cashews and chewy dates for the perfect balance of creamy sweetness.

Calories per serving: 324

Prep time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Recipe 29: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Strawberry and rhubarb together is a classic flavor combo. The bitterness of the rhubarb pairs well with the sweetness of the strawberries and mixed together, they are a great filling for pies. However, this paleo-friendly crumble recipe also mixed orange zest and lemon juice for an even fruitier flavor experience. If you want a fresh, lightly sweet dessert recipe, give this one a try.

Calories per serving: 261

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Recipe 30: Lemon Blackberry Cupcakes

Gluten-free, paleo-friendly cupcakes? What a delight! This recipe creates a nut flour based tart lemon cupcake with a creamy blackberry frosting that’s not overwhelmingly sweet, but just sweet enough. The balance of the sour lemon and sweet blackberries makes for a flavor explosion in every bite of this delicious dessert.

Calories per serving: 448

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 18 minutes

Recipe 31: Lemon Macaroons

Lemon juice, lemon zest, coconut, maple syrup and egg whites mix together to create a light, fluffy, tart macaroon. This delicious dessert is packed with sour fruit flavor but balanced by the natural sweetness of maple syrup, Before being served, these macaroon balls are dipped in rich dark chocolate for even more sweetness.

Calories per serving:

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Recipe 32: Birthday Cake

If you follow a paleo diet, chances are you’re familiar with that feeling when you go to any type of celebration- birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc. It’s that feeling of being left out because you can’t enjoy the celebratory cake with everyone else. Well, no need to feel left out anymore! This frosted vanilla layer cake recipe is grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free and paleo-friendly. The next time you have a celebration, just bake this cake (in less than an hour!) and bring it with to share with friends.

Calories per serving: 289

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Recipe 33: Chocolate Baked Donut

Low carb, gluten-free and paleo? Could these possibly be words used to describe donuts? Bet you wouldn’t think so, but they really are! This donut recipe uses coconut flour, flax seed, eggs and coconut oil to make the doughy base and. Unlike traditional donuts, these ones aren’t fried, but instead are baked for an even healthier donut eating experience.

Calories per serving: 260

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Recipe 34: GF Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange and chocolate are two flavors that complement each other surprisingly well. The fruity sweetness of the orange paired with the rich bitterness of the chocolate chips in this recipe give the muffins an amazing burst of flavor. The nut flours and nut milk in the recipe give a nutty flavor and gritty texture that complements the juxtaposed sweet orange and bitter chocolate. If you’re in the market for a gluten-free paleo-friendly dessert recipe, this might be just what you’re looking for.

Calories per serving: 225

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe 35: Chia Pudding

Chia pudding can be enjoyed as a quick breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. The only ingredients needed are chia seeds, nut milk, honey and toppings of your choice. Whether you’re a chocolate fan or fruit lover, you can customize your chia pudding just how you like it. The dessert is vegan, paleo, low carb and high in healthy fats.

Calories per serving: 206

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 36: Pumpkin Spice Mousse

Mousse is a nice dessert to whip up if you have a sweet tooth but don’t enjoy spending countless hours in the kitchen. This recipe only has seven ingredients and takes ten minutes to make. Eat it by itself, use it to frost or layer a cake or use it to top a healthy bowl of fruit. The pumpkin spice flavors make it the perfect fall or winter treat!

Calories per serving: 189

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 37: Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Avocado is a much more versatile vegetable than we give it credit for. Not only is it delicious in sandwiches and salads, but it also makes a yummy base for several types of dessert from cakes to puddings. Avocado is packed with healthy fats, so it’s a great alternative to butter. This recipe calls for avocado, maple syrup, nut milk and cacao powder. Blend all of the ingredients together and there you have a sweet but nutritional dessert.

Calories per serving: 239

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Recipe 38: Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Ice cream is such a refreshing treat year-round, but if you don’t eat dairy, it can be quite depressing. But why not try alternative dairy-free ice creams? This coconut milk ice cream recipe has all of the rich, creamy texture of regular ice cream without any of the dairy. Instead of milk, this recipe calls for bananas, dates and coconut milk to create the perfect vegan, paleo-friendly dessert.

Calories per serving: 240

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 39: Coconut Oil Fudge

Standard fudge recipes call for butter and sweetened condensed milk- not exactly the picture of health, right? But don’t feel defeated just yet- this fudge recipe takes out all of those unhealthy ingredients and replaces them with almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil to keep all of traditional fudge’s sweetness while keeping the recipe natural and adding in some healthy fats.

Calories per serving: 231

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 40: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

It’s always a good idea to sneak vegetables in wherever you can- breakfast, snacks and even dessert! This recipe has traditional dessert ingredients like chocolate and adds fruit- bananas- and vegetables- shredded zucchini- to make a scrumptious dessert that still has nutritional value. If you’re in the mood for a sweet but still healthy dessert, give this one a try!

Calories per serving: 124

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Recipe 41: Maple Toffee

Maple toffee made as this recipe suggests only requires five ingredients- butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup, dark chocolate and water. Already this maple toffee is a flour-free, low carb, paleo dessert but if you substitute ghee for butter, it’ll be vegan, too! The toffee has a rich, chocolatey, maple taste and gives you a satisfying crunch before melting in your mouth.

Calories per serving: 161

Prep time: 2 hours

Cook time: 15 minutes

Recipe 42: Flourless Avocado Brownies

This innovative brownie recipe uses avocado as its base, omitting the need for any flour. In addition to being flour-free, this recipe is also paleo and low carb. If you have avocado and cacao powder on hand, all you’ll need is a few other basic ingredients to whip up these healthy, but still delicious brownies.

Calories per serving: 273

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Recipe 43: Choconut Macaroon Cookies

This dessert is a mix between macaroons and cookies- like nothing you’ve ever tasted before! They have the lightness of macaroons with shredded coconut for an added crunch and dark chocolate chips for extra sweetness. How can you go wrong with a combination like coconut and chocolate?

Calories per serving: 250

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Recipe 44: Bounty Bars

If you’re a fan of Mounds candy bars, you’ll absolutely love this recipe. These no-bake candy bars are a healthy, homemade alternative to the famous store-bought candy bars. They are easy to make because they only require a handful of ingredients, most of which are various forms of coconut and unsweetened cocoa powder. This raw dessert is sweet, chocolatey and delicious.

Calories per serving: 223

Prep time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 45: Craving Buster Chocolate Fat Bombs

This chocolate desert is called craving busting for a reason! They only have three ingredients, take two minutes to make and are packed with healthy fats that will get you feeling full for longer. Made with coconut oil and almond butter as the main ingredients, these fat bombs contain ingredients proven to fight cravings, burn fat and boost your metabolism. Bet you’ve never heard a decadent dessert advertised like that before!

Calories per serving: 123

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Recipe 46: Date Hemp Energy Balls

The dates in this recipe create a naturally sweet fruit base, while the hemp seeds, coconut oil and pumpkin seeds provide you with healthy fats and proteins. You can’t go wrong with this recipe! You can have these energy balls as a sweet treat after dinner or as a midday snack to keep your energy levels up.

Calories per serving: 156

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Recipe 47: No Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

Most pies are filled with refined sugars, canned fruits and load of carbohydrates. But not this pie! This no bake strawberry cream pie recipe is easy to make and only requires a few key ingredients. The rich crust is made with dates and shredded coconut, while the filling is comprised of real strawberries, coconut milk, gelatin and honey. That means that this pie is paleo, vegan and refined-sugar free without sacrificing any of its sweetness!

Calories per serving: 124

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Recipe 48: Sweet Potato Avocado Brownie Bites

When you think of ingredients in a dessert recipe, vegetables are unlikely to be the first things to pop into your head. However, this recipe will prove that vegetables like sweet potato and avocado can mix with traditional dessert recipes like chocolate and brownies to create a wonderful concoction. This sweet potato avocado brownie recipe is grain-free, vegan and paleo- if you’re looking for a healthy, tasty dessert recipe, give this one a try.

Calories per serving: 71

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Recipe 49: Purple Sweet Potato Tapioca Pudding

We bet you’ve never tried a purple dessert before! This purple sweet potato tapioca pudding is perfect if you’re going to a dinner party and want to bring something that no one has tried before. Not only will this dessert look different to any others on the table, but it will also have more protein and fresh vegetables.

Calories per serving: 158

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe 50: Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate Topping

Banana ice cream is a very simple dessert to make, usually with the only ingredient being frozen bananas. However, this recipe calls for nut butter and nut milk, which makes the ice cream creamier and sweeter. If you want a sweet and healthy dessert that is quick to make, this ice cream is perfect for you.

Calories per serving: 200

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Here you have it! The top 50 list of best paleo-friendly desserts you will definitely enjoy.

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