Craving for sweets? Here are the best Paleo-friendly desserts made with gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients!
With coconut cream as a pretty spectacular stand-in for milk, cream, and other dairy products, and fragrant nut flours as easy replacements for all-purpose wheat flour, there’s really nothing that can’t be replicated for the Paleo diet.
And since dark chocolate is not only allowed but encouraged for its proven antioxidant count, we can guarantee that many Paleo desserts aren’t just tasty, they can be downright good for you! All it takes is a solid collection of go-to recipes and a little know-how.
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So whether you want to spend a Sunday making delicious Paleo dough from scratch and melting down chocolatey goodness, or you just want to whip something up quick on a weekday in under 20 minutes, we can help get you started with this collection of 41 dessert recipes.
From classic baked goods to no-bake tarts, homemade frozen popsicles, fiery s’mores, sweet marzipan and whipped meringues, this list of the most decadent Paleo desserts is sure to have something for everyone in your family. We also discovered a few unique and exciting items to add to your repertoire! Dessert lasagna, anyone?
Did we mention we found some pretty good Girl Scout cookie knockoffs, too?
Easy Apple Pops
For a truly classic dessert, try this simple apple pop smothered with a nutty mixture of chocolate, coconut, and pecans.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy Apple Pops
Fruit Banana Split
Try this fruit-forward healthy banana split, drizzled with a homemade strawberry and blueberry sauce.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Fruit Banana Split
Dreamy Hasselback Apples
Warm spiced apples are topped with walnuts, cinnamon, and coconut ice cream for a Paleo á la mode combo you can’t resist.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dreamy Hasselback Apples
‘Peanut’ Butter Truffles
With a crisp chocolate shell and a soft buttery inside, who doesn’t love a good truffle? This version is made up of only five ingredients, and it’s sure to impress your friends!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | ‘Peanut’ Butter Truffles
These festive nutmeg cakes are spongy and light, topped with a whipped vanilla frosting of coconut cream and maple syrup.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Eggnog Cupcakes
Samoas are everyone’s favorite Girl Scout cookie, right? Recreate this coco-nutty classic with this recipe. Chances are, you have all the ingredients to make it right now!
Recipe: Merit and Fork | Paleo Samoas
No Sugar, Naturally Sweet Dark Chocolate Coffee Milkshake
When you need an early morning pick-me-up, this coffee is sure to get you going. Made with cacao powder, espresso, and bananas, this drink has all the flavor of your favorite milkshake without all the added guilt.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No Sugar, Naturally Sweet Dark Chocolate Coffee Milkshake
Coconut Pineapple Cake
This tropical dessert is moist and fruity, perfect for daydreaming about a trip to the islands.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Pineapple Cake
Best-Ever Fresh Peach Cobbler
The nutty topping of chopped pecans, butter, and coconut sugar is a great counterpoint to fresh, juicy peaches.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Best-Ever Fresh Peach Cobbler
With Medjool dates standing in for the traditional caramel, these easy walnut candies are actually pretty good for you!
Recipe: Detoxinista | Chocolate Turtles
Caramel Cheesecake Bites
With an almond-date crust, a coconut-cashew filling, and a super simple caramel sauce of honey and butter, this Paleo alternative to cheesecake really nails it!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Caramel Cheesecake Bites
Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Mousse
With only six ingredients and a prep time of ten minutes, this dessert is perfect for a busy weeknight.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Almond Butter Dark Chocolate Mousse
Carrot Cake Bites
These no-bake treats consist of only five ingredients blended together, molded into balls, and stored in the refrigerator. Perfect to have on hand when the sweet tooth strikes!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Carrot Cake Bites
Paleo Twix Bar
What’s better than a Twix bar? A whole Paleo dessert that tastes just like a Twix bar! This recipe includes a shortbread crust, creamy caramel filling, and chocolate topping for a dessert that will knock anyone’s socks off.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Twix Bar
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
This dessert is great as a breakfast item or snack, too. Try adding walnuts to make this sweet bread extra filling!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Sweet Potato Churros Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Finish Taco Tuesday on the right note – with these crunchy churros dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Bonus points for the added chocolate sauce!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet Potato Churros in Dipped in Dark Chocolate
The Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake
This delicious and convenient mug cake captures all the flavors of your favorite red velvet recipe with added berries and cacao powder.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cake
Chocolate Coconut Bites
These fun treats are poured into your candy mold of choice (muffin tins work fine!) and topped with nuts, fruit, or whatever your Paleo heart desires!
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Chocolate Coconut Bites
Cinnamon Apple Cookies
Can’t decide if you’re in the mood for an apple pie or a cookie? Try this chewy hybrid, sweetened with dates and studded with golden raisins.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Cinnamon Apple Cookies
Sweet and Salty Chocolate Bark
This four-ingredient treat of chocolate, cherries, pecans, and sea salt achieves the ultimate sweet-salty balance for a quick and easy dessert.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Sweet and Salty Chocolate Bark
No-Bake Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake
Soaked raw cashews are the perfect replacement for cheese in this Paleo take on a creamy, chocolatey classic.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake
Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream
This ice cream is a bit labor-intensive, but worth it for the true mouthfeel of real ice cream with eggs and coconut cream. The best part is, you don’t even need an ice cream maker!
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream
Magic Cookie Bars
Paleo’s answer to seven-layer bars, these magical little treats are beautiful to look at – and great to bite into, too.
Recipe: Peachy Palate | Magic Cookie Bars
Gut-Friendly + Dairy Free Kombucha Ice Cream
This gut-healing ice cream is not only pretty to look at, but it’s also made with natural coconut cream, raw honey, and homemade kombucha for a sweet treat you can’t resist.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Gut-Friendly + Dairy Free Kombucha Ice Cream
Craving a campfire treat? Try these Paleo s’mores, which includes recipes for homemade graham crackers and marshmallows!
Recipe: Living Healthy with Chocolate | Paleo S’mores
The Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
What makes them ultimate? These cookies are soft, chewy and super simple with only five ingredients!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | The Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Molasses Cookies with Maple Cream Filling
These delightful little cookie sandwiches are sweet and chewy – and will stay soft for days!
Recipe: Cook it Up Paleo | Molasses Cookies with Maple Cream Filling
No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tarts
These tarts, made with a nutty crust and a vanilla bean caramel sauce, are sprinkled with coarse sea salt for the ultimate addicting dessert.
Recipe: PaleOMG | No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Tarts
Chocolate lasagna?! Yes, it’s a thing! Layered with chocolate “Oreo” cake, Paleo chocolate pudding, and whipped cream frosting, this lasagna will change the way you look at Italian food forever.
Recipe: Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind | Chocolate Lasagna
Strawberry Almond Galette
This simple, rustic version of a fruit pie is a great way to use up lots of strawberries. The flaky almond crust will make it look like you just came home from a French bakery!
Recipe: Running to the Kitchen | Strawberry Almond Galette
If you like smearing apple slices with almond butter for a snack, you’ll LOVE this dessert-y version of melted chocolate, raisins and shredded coconut.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Apple ‘Nachos’
Paleo Thin Mints
Just in case Thin Mints are your favorite Girl Scout classic, try this Paleo version of the crisp chocolatey mints you’re craving. They are way better for you, and just as good!
Recipe: All Day I Dream About Food | Paleo Thin Mints
Raspberry Ice Cream Bon Bons
Ice cream is always better when it’s coated with a hard chocolate shell. Try these homemade bon bons, made with an ice cream mixture from frozen raspberries and coconut milk.
Recipe: Allergy Free Alaska | Raspberry Ice Cream Bon Bons
Skillet Brownie Sundaes
There are few desserts more decadent than a brownie sundae. This version takes it one step further with brown sugar bacon crumbles.
Recipe: Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind | Skillet Brownie Sundaes
Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies
Delicious, chocolate-drizzled cookies with just five ingredients in 15 minutes? Yes. Always.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies
No-Bake Superfood Sweet Potato Donut
Overload on chocolate with these baked, coconut donuts, made from gluten-free sweet potatoes.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | No-Bake Superfood Sweet Potato Donut
Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies
Brownies swirled with chocolate and almond butter are hard to beat… that is, until you mix in some chocolate chips.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies
Green Tea Ice Cream
Serve this ice cream, made from ultra-flavorful matcha powder, with a piece of pistachio praline for a unique dessert that doesn’t use any chocolate or fruit!
Recipe: PaleOMG | Green Tea Ice Cream
Paleo Klondike Bar with Cashew Ice Cream
What would you do for a Klondike bar? This copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing — except better! Made with creamy coconut ice cream and a dark chocolate shell, this Paleo-friendly version is decadently delicious.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Klondike Bar with Cashew Ice Cream
If you’re in the mood for something quick and healthy, try broiling grapefruit halves with honey, ginger and slices of strawberries. Just a little caramelization elevates these simple ingredients into something fantastic!
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Broiled Grapefruit
How to Make Toasted Dairy-Free Coconut Hot Chocolate
This fragrant hot chocolate takes minutes to make and is topped with toasted coconut chips, cinnamon, and raw honey – perfect for a cozy night in.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | How to Make Toasted Dairy-Free Coconut Hot Chocolate
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