31 Easy Paleo Desserts To Curb Your Sugar Cravings Plus 5 Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

When you’re following a Paleo diets, there’s a big focus on “eating real food:” Meat and fish, nuts and seeds, healthy plant and animal fats, fresh fruits and vegetables, little starch, and plenty of water.

And while you feel amazing and healthy eating the same real whole foods that your ancestors ate thousands of years ago, dessert is often a “gray area” left out of the equation…until

now.

Here is all you need to know about eating desserts on a paleo diet–plus 25 easy paleo desserts (that are still good for you)

to curb your sugar cravings.

After all, no meal is complete without something sweet, right?

Sweet & Dessert Cravings: The Struggle is Real

No matter if you’ve been following a Paleo diet since Grok was born, or you’re new to the “Paleo way” of eating, there’s no denying that humans are biologically hard-wired to like (and crave sweets–paleo desserts included).

In fact, our tastebuds. Sugar and sweets also

trigger dopamine receptors in your brain— activating your reward and pleasure centers, and telling you, “I want more.”

To further complicate things, the more we eat sweets, the

more our tolerance for sweet and salty foods builds up, and the more sweets we need to reward ourselves. In addition, additional research has shown that some people are also

genetically wired to crave sweets more than others, with researchers concluding: “Just as people born with a poor sense of hearing may need to turn up the volume to hear the radio, people born with weak sweet taste may need an extra teaspoon of sugar in their coffee to get the same sweet punch.”

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In other words: The struggle is real.

Even though Grok probably didn’t eat Halo Top ice cream, he probably did experience the same sweet reactions and crave naturally sweet “paleo dessert” foods–like berries, figs, citrus and honey.

We’ve all been there before too:

The inevitable sweet tooth craving.

Whether it’s a quick coffee with Splenda and vanilla Half-and-Half, a mid-afternoon granola bar or cookie from the office break-room, or post-dinner date with Ben & Jerry’s, you just need something (a little) sweet. (And, until you satisfy that pesky sugar monster, all hell breaks loose, inside your head).

Even though we know sugar is addicting, researchers claim it’s eight times more addicting than Cocaine, we can’t help it.

The good news?

Sweet and dessert cravings are not necessarily a bad thing (even on a paleo diet).

Instead it all comes down to moderation.

Sugar: Defining “Moderation”

Like red wine, a good cup of coffee or creamy butter on your broccoli, “everything in moderation” can apply to a paleo nutrition template (paleo desserts and sweets included).

While we’ve all been warned and threatened by documentaries, detoxes and diet books that “sugar is the enemy,” sugar is

only

the enemy when we

overconsume sugar, or eat processed, synthesized versions of a naturally delicious thing.

“Overconsumption” is an understatement in modern-day America. The average American consumes three-pounds of sugar every week.

To put this in context, back in 1900,

the national average of sugar consumption was approximately 10 pounds per person, today we consume more than 160 pounds of sugar (per person) each year.

Our nation’s sugar consumption is not just in cookies and cake either. Sugar is hidden in many of the 80-percent of fake, processed, man-made foods lining our grocery store shelves with names including: high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, malt syrup, glucose, fructose and evaporated cane sugar.

Hidden Sources of Sugar

Some popular hidden-sugar foods include:

  • Jamba Juice small smoothie- 60 grams sugar
  • Jiff Peanut Butter-4 grams + Jelly-13 grams
  • Salad Dressing- 9-10 grams of sugar
  • Yoplait Yogurt/Light Yogurt- 27 grams/14 grams
  • Chocolate Milk/Milk- 24 grams/13 grams
  • Gatorade/Vitamin Water-21 grams sugar/29 grams
  • Cereal (Raisin Bran)-19 grams; (Honey Nut Cheerios) 9 grams
  • Sandwich bread-3 grams/slice
  • Granola Bars- 11-13 grams
  • Graham Crackers- 8 grams/ 2 crackers
  • Orange Juice- 22 grams sugar
  • BBQ Sauce- 13 grams in just 2 small tablespoons
  • Spaghetti Sauce- 12 grams in one half cup
  • Dried fruit- 24 grams sugar in 1/3 cup serving
  • Z-Bar (Cliff Bar)-11 grams one bar
  • Kashi Krunch Cereal- 13 grams

To combat their sweet tooth, many people turn to artificial sweeteners. However, research shows that artificial sweeteners—stevia included—only turn up our need (and craving) for sugar, and more sweeteners, even more.

For instance,

one study (Qiao-Ping, W., 2016) 

showed that fruit flies fed sucralose (i.e. Splenda) ended up consuming 30 percent more daily calories when they had access to naturally sweetened food. When the researchers removed the sucralose, the effect vanished. They concluded that when the brain’s reward centers experience sweet flavor sensations the ‘need’ for nourishment is also turned on.

Since the fake sweetener doesn’t deliver the expected calories, the flies went looking for more calorie-rich, sweet foods to restore balance.

Other studies have found that artificial sweeteners

increase unhealthy gut bacteria and “leaky gut”. When we have more unhealthy gut bacteria, guess what these unhealthy gut bacteria crave? Foods that ferment in your gut (like sugar).

In addition, further research reveals the side effects associated with fake sugars are vast, including:

  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision/change in vision
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Brain tumors
  • Intestinal discomfort

(Hate to break it to you, but sugar-free products are really no better for you).

Sweets with Benefits: Paleo Desserts

So if overconsumption of sugar is “bad,” and artificial sweeteners are no better, what kind of sugar, or desserts, can you have on a paleo template?

Sweets–with benefits.

Nutrient-dense sweetened foods, such as fresh fruits, as well as raw honey, pure, along with recipes that contain other nutrient-rich ingredients (such as MCT Oil, avocado, coconut milk and even greens–like zucchini bread, carrot muffins, or green spinach smoothies) can do a body good.

Check out our list of

31 Easy Paleo Desserts to Curb Your Sugar Cravings (Plus a bonus recipe for our favorite 5-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons).

Bonus Recipe by

Camille’s Paleo Kitchen

: Deliciously Simple, 5-Ingredient Paleo Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Add egg whites and salt to food processor, standing mixer or large bowl (for hand held beaters).Camille's Paleo Kitchen Coconut Macaroons Recipe Step One
  2. Whip until soft peaks form. Be very careful to not over beat or they will separate.Camille's Paleo Kitchen Coconut Macaroons Recipe Step Two
  3. Whip until soft peaks form. Be very careful to not over beat or they will separate.Camille's Paleo Kitchen Coconut Macaroons Recipe Step Three
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.Camille's Paleo Kitchen Coconut Macaroons Recipe Step Four
  5. Place 2 tablespoon mounds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for about 15 minutes, or until golden on top and bottom.Camille's Paleo Kitchen Coconut Macaroons Recipe Step Five

31 Easy Paleo Desserts to Curb Your Sugar Cravings

  1. Cacao Nibs—Pure raw Cocoa, or Coconut Crisps
  2. Bacon Wrapped Dates
  3. Homemade Coconut Yogurt with Cinnamon & Vanilla Bean
  4. Banana Chia Pudding (Homemade, sugar free)
  5. 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream or Chocolate Ice Cream
  6. Sweet Potato “Chips” drizzled with Olive Oil
  7. Roasted Baby Beets + Coconut Flakes (or Raw, Grass-fed Goat Cheese-Primal)
  8. Raw Almonds drizzled with Dark Chocolate (melted)
  9. Pumpkin Seeds & Dried Cranberries
  10. Walnuts & Raisins
  11. Dark Chocolate Square (70-100%)
  12. Nitrate-Free Jerky with Dried Fruit or Coconut (like Epic Bar)
  13. Homemade Fruit Leather
  14. Plantain Chips with Guacamole
  15. Celery with Sunbutter & Raisins
  16. 1/2 Banana with Coconut Butter
  17. No-Bake Collagen Coconut Butter Bites
  18. Apple with Almond Butter
  19. Baked Pear or Apple drizzled with Coconut Oil & Cinnamon
  20. Melon wrapped in Proscuitto
  21. Strawberries dipped in Dark Chocolate
  22. Grain-Free Paleo Granola (AIP , Nut-based)
  23. Chai or Cinnamon Tea with a splash of Coconut Milk
  24. Avocado “Chocolate” Mousse
  25. Frozen Grapes with Pistachios
  26. Handful of Cherries
  27. Goat’s Milk Kefir with Frozen Blueberries
  28. Pumpkin “Custard”
  29. Frozen Berry Pops
  30. Paleo Coconut Flour Muffins: Blueberry, Carrot Raisi
  31. Bonus Recipe: Coconut Macaroons (below)
  32. Bonus Recipe by Camille’s Paleo Kitchen: Deliciously Simple, 5-Ingredient Paleo Coconut Macaroons

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31 Easy Paleo Desserts to Curb Your Sugar Cravings- Plus 5-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons
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