Thanksgiving Day Desserts: Paleo Edition

  2018-01-19 10:36AM

This year we give thanks for….paleo Thanksgiving desserts. Just kidding (sort of.) There are way more important things for us all to be truly grateful for, but we certainly appreciate a good paleo treat every now and then. And since turkey day is notorious for being a holiday with super decadent confections, we thought we would flip it around to offer you a little inspiration on how to create a paleo Thanksgiving dessert table.  

Chocolate Pecan Truffles

Not only are these a lot healthier than an actual pecan pie, they're also a lot easier to make. Here's the secret: sweet potatoes. Yup, they're not just a side dish anymore. Steam them, mix with some coconut oil, almond flour, unsweetened cocoa, and raw honey and you're good to go. Toast some chopped pecans, roll your truffles around in the nuts with some more unsweetened cocoa, and ta da! Bet you can’t eat just one.

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Traditional pumpkin pie just breaks our hearts. It's because pumpkin is such an awesome, nutritious root vegetable that gets ruined with a refined flour crust. Not to mention all of the other garbage ingredients to sweeten the whole thing up. These bites nix the crust, but you’ll get all the pumpkin-y goodness you’re used to. You can even top it with paleo ‘whipped cream.’ Check out the recipe below.

Maple Roasted Walnuts

This one is super versatile because it doubles as a snack to put out with all of those other unhealthy hors d'oeuvres or as a dessert. And even as a dessert it’s got a few purposes. Family eating ice cream can enjoy it as a topping, but for you (and any other paleo or wannabe paleo followers), it’s a sweet treat on its own. Just toss raw walnuts together with a little honey, melted coconut oil, and coconut crystals and throw it in the oven until they’re toasted.

Have a sweet Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie Bites Recipe:

Ingredients for the bites:

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

2 ripe bananas

1 egg

1/4 cup raw honey (optional)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp sea salt

Ingredients for the whipped cream:

1 can full fat coconut milk

2 egg whites

1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2.     In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the pumpkin bites and blend until smooth
  3.     Spoon the mixture into small muffin cups
  4.     Bake for 25-30 minutes
  5.     In a bowl, whip the two egg whites with a hand blender until they start to look like whipped cream, then slowly add the coconut milk while blending
  6.     Keep blending until you get a whipped cream texture, then add the vanilla
  7.     Top each bite with whipped cream and serve

*recipe from Paleo Leap


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