Healthy Dessert Recipes

Everything in moderation, and that includes dessert! Dessert should first and foremost be delicious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy too! We’ve compiled a list of our best Healthy Dessert Recipes ranging from the easy-to-make sweet treats to the weekend baking projects!

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen we are all about creating lightened up dessert recipes that taste every bit as good as their traditional counterparts, but with the mindset of everything in moderation. This collection of recipes ranges from some lighter fruit recipes to the more decadent chocolate recipes with a little bit of everything in between.

Healthy Desserts with Fruit

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples: These easy-to-make “baked” apples have just the right amount of sweet, they swarm your home with the most delicious fall scent, and they are super EASY to throw together.

Apple Nachos: An amazing kid-friendly snack that is both nutritious and fun! It can be made in under 10 minutes and is perfect to serve at a playdate or send to school to celebrate a birthday. They can be customized based off of what you have on hand and we guarantee will be a hit!

Berry and Cream Dairy Free Parfait: The perfect healthy treat when looking for a simple dairy-free and vegan friendly option! They come together quickly with only 4 ingredients and just the right amount of sweetness!

Chia Honey Lime Fruit Salad: The perfect refreshing fruit salad to serve all summer long! This dish is perfect for a party or BBQ and can be made ahead of time! The sweet fruit is complemented with the zesty lime and is customizable based on what fruit is available for you.

Chocolate Kiwi Pops: Easy, customizable, and totally perfect for the summer months these Kiwi pops or bites are coated in chocolate and drizzled with your favorite toppings! Such a simple, fun and healthy-ish treat for kids.

Hassleback Pear Crumbles: A delicious and fun treat that can be made to accommodate as few or as many people you are serving! A twist on a traditional Pear Crumb pie, these single serve crumbles are lighter than your average pie!

Healthy Berry Cobbler: It’s packed with fresh or frozen berries and topped with the best gluten-free biscuits. It will be your favorite dessert of summer!

Cherry Pie Bars: They have all the deliciousness of a cherry pie without the time needed to actually making one! It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is packed with fresh cherry flavor. These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free friendly, and the ultimate summer dessert!

Grain-free Cranberry Apple Crisp This healthy apple crisp is made without oats, with a pop of color and tartness thanks to added cranberries and is sweetened just right! 

Peach Raspberry Crisp: Packed with Summer fruit, just the right amount of tartness, and so so flavorful! It will definitely be a staple for Summer gatherings with friends and family! It’s grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and so so simple to make!

Apple Galette This is similar to an apple pie with a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apple, but easier to put together! It’s the perfect dessert to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to celebrate the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Healthy Chai dessert popsicles on a tray.Easy Healthy Desserts

Chai Popsicles: These 4-Ingredient popsicles couldn’t be easier to make! And they have such a warm and unique flavor, and naturally separate in the freezer to make a really beautiful layered look! They’re also dairy-free, Paleo and vegan friendly.

Gluten-Free Edible Cookie Dough Dip: Think all of the delicious and creamy flavors of regular cookie dough, but without flour or the eggs… snack time, or dessert time, WIN!

Homemade Jello: It’s so much healthier than traditional jello, and made with real fruit! There are no artificial colors or flavors and no added refined sugar in this recipe.

Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups: These Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups are the perfect treat to have in the fridge! They are chocolate-y, peppermint-y, and coconut-y! They are keto-friendly, too! Perfect keto cups!  

Espresso Candied Pecans: These Espresso Candied Pecans are the perfect DIY gift giving treat! They are easy to make, and you can make large batches to package up for friends and family this holiday season!

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Healthier Chocolate Desserts

Healthy Fudge: This 5-Ingredient fudge is easy to make, made with minimal ingredients, has the perfect texture, is customizable with your favorite fudge add-ins, is packed with healthy fats, and is a rich and decadent treat that everybody will love!

Chocolate Dessert Cups: The perfect no bake healthy treat that are simple to make but so impressive! You won’t believe how easy it is to make these beautiful chocolate cups that you can fill with anything from a simple fruit mix to a decadent chocolate mousse!

Paleo Chocolate Truffles: Made with a few simple ingredients and are down-right delicious. This decadent chocolate treat is simple to put together but looks stunning! Aside from being Paleo Friendly, these truffles are also vegan and don’t have any added refined sugars. Make these for that certain holiday for lovers, or really anytime of year!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups: The healthier cousin to the beloved store-bought peanut butter cups. Making them at home is easy, using a handful of wholesome ingredients like almond butter, dark chocolate and maple syrup, these chocolate cups are paleo-friendly and made without any refined sugars. 

Fudgesicles: They are so rich and creamy, but made without any dairy at all! Made simply with only a handful of ingredients these naturally sweetened popsicles will be loved by both kids and adults alike.

Healthy Brownies, Bars and Cookies

Paleo Thin Mints: Looking for a healthier version of your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? These Paleo Thin Mints are just that! Crunchy, minty, chocolate-y, and just the right amount of sweetness! They are the REAL DEAL, while also being gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free!

Funfetti Gluten Free Blondies: If you like buttery, chewy and dense blondies that are speckled full of sprinkles and also happened to be gluten-free with a dairy-free paleo option, then you are going to love these! They’re so ridiculously tasty, and come to you today to celebrate Lexi’s Clean Kitchen turning 6 years old this month!

Healthy Brownies: If you are looking for fudgy, chewy and and ridiculously chocolate-y Paleo Brownies than this is the recipe for you! These healthy gluten free brownies are made with almond flour, they’re grain-free, optionally dairy-free and simple to make.

Maple Meringue Cookies: They are simple, crunchy, light, naturally gluten-free, and perfect to have for entertaining or for a treat. Thesy are also refined sugar free, light, and the perfect beautiful cookie everybody will love!

Sugar Cookies: These buttery sweet cookies have a soft vanilla flavor, a crisp exterior and a soft and chewy middle, just like any good sugar cookie should have. Better yet, they are simple to prepare using only a handful of ingredients and needing just a bowl and spoon to make the batter. 

Avocado Brownies: These dense and fudgey brownies have a secret ingredient that’s packed with nutrients and healthy fats, and nobody will know it! Chocolate Avocado Brownies are the perfect sweet treat to end a meal or even to pack in the lunch box with the kiddos. They’re flourless and Paleo friendly without any refined sweeteners.

Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies: These Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies are the perfect gluten-free and paleo-friendly cookie that everyone will love! Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate and macadamia nuts! A household favorite!

Snickerdoodles: There are a MUST MAKE recipe. These chewy little cookies are spiced just right, easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl, then rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mixture. They are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.

Peanut Butter Blossoms: They have all the flavor of the traditional, but using better-for-you ingredients! These peanut butter cookies cookies are easy-to-prepare and perfect for the holidays, or year round. The dough is made in 1-bowl and they are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar but still perfectly delicious.

Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies: The cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: So perfectly chewy, soft, and delicious! The combination of cinnamon, chocolate, and raisins in these are heaven. No one will be able to tell that these are gluten-free and refined sugar-free!

Cut Out Cookies: These Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies are the best for decorating holiday cookies! They are so simple to put together, can be rolled out immediately and decorated (or not) to celebrate any holiday! These versatile cookies are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt!) and are a great activity to do with the kids.

A three layer chocolate cake on a plate.

Healthier Cakes and Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake: This healthier, more nutrient dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! It can be topped with a classic cream cheese frosting, or made dairy-free with homemade fluff. Either way it will be welcome at any celebration or holiday dinner (or just a regular tuesday afternoon)!

Caramel Upside Down Apple Cake: This one is unbelievably simple to make and so delicious. It’s grain-free, nut-free and dairy-free but with no shortage of delicious apple cinnamon flavor. It’s perfect to serve up for Rosh Hashanah or to whip up for a weekend baking project after you’ve gone apple picking.

Hostess Cupcakes: Now this one is a fun weekend baking project! It starts with a super moist gluten-free chocolate cupcake, filled with homemade marshmallow fluff (made without any refined sugar) and dipped in a dairy-free chocolate ganache! Pipe on either some of the marshmallow fluff or melted white chocolate to complete the classic hostess-style cupcake look!

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake: A vanilla cake with vanilla frosting that is free from gluten and grains but still so delicious! A classic recipe!

Paleo Cupcakes With Matcha Coconut Buttercream Frosting: These Paleo Cupcakes With Matcha Coconut Buttercream Frosting are seriously amazing! The creamy matcha and coconut buttercream frosting pairs so perfectly with the fluffy vanilla cupcake.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes: Everyone needs an amazing chocolate cupcake recipe, and this one is ours! These are moist with a deep chocolate flavor and simply delicious. They’re also dairy-free and made without any refined sweeteners. Grab a bowl and a whisk and head straight to the kitchen to whip some up!

Simple and Festive Vanilla Cake with Fruit: Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the all the parties! Let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

Raspberry Swirl Brownies: Nothing in this world is better than chocolate and raspberry together and that’s why these brownies are the absolute best. You know what else makes these the best? They’re a decadent treat that’s on the healthier side by using coconut oil and almond flour. That means they’re also grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo, while still being totally delicious.

Healthier Pie Recipes

Nut-Free Pumpkin Pie This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our nut-free and gluten-free crust that is so simple to put together! 

Blueberry Pie: The perfect dessert to serve at a backyard summer party or potluck! It’s juicy and sweetened just right (using unrefined sweeteners) and will be a hit with everyone! It’s gluten-free, with dairy-free options and can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries. Let’s get baking!

Key Lime Tart: Made using honey and coconut milk for a rich, tangy and smooth filling! It’s simple to prepare and can be optionally topped with a honey meringue for a showstopper dessert. It’s gluten-free and made without any refined sugars.

Classic Apple Pie This classic pie has  a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the best gluten-free crust.

Pecan Pie: This Pecan Pie made in a tart pan is absolutely stunning, yet simple to put together. And the best part? It’s made without any refined sugar or corn syrup!

Healthy gluten free banana breadClassic Desserts Made Healthier

Creme Brûlée: This dairy-free and refined-sugar free version is just as decadent as the classic version but lightened up with a secret healthy ingredient! It’s perfectly sweetened with a blend of honey and maple sugar and despite it feeling fancy it is really easy to make.

Healthy Rice Pudding: The perfect, lightened up version of the creamy rice pudding recipe you grew up loving. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar free and is hands down the perfect hearty dessert!

Paleo Banana Bread: The ultimate gluten-free banana bread that is freezer-friendly, using almond flour and coconut flour and very little added sugar! It’s taken me years to perfect this recipe, and I finally achieved the exact texture I wanted for the ultimate, easy, banana bread that is freezer-friendly, too! Perfect for a holiday morning, or a snack anytime of the week!

Classic Chocolate Mousse: It’s a rich, fluffy, chocolate-y treat with just the right amount of sweetness. It will absolutely be a staple healthy dessert for holiday entertaining! Made with minimal ingredients and no baking required, everyone will love this no fuss dessert!

Gluten Free Lemon Bars: They’re creamy and delicious, and best of all: so easy to make. Bring them along to your next pot luck or BBQ and everyone will be thanking you!

Vegan and Paleo Caramel: This healthier caramel is not only super delicious, but it’s also easy to make! We’ve tested three different versions using unrefined sweeteners for all of your caramel needs!

2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Looking for the easiest Paleo Chocolate Frosting that’s dairy-free and requires only 2 ingredients? This is it! It’s so simple to put together and can be used in a variety of ways to make the prettiest and rich and chocolately cupcakes or cakes.

Paleo Frosting Recipe

When you find out how to make this recipe you are going to wonder how something so easy can look so beautiful! This recipe requires just 2 ingredients (though there are some optional add-in’s if you want) and is pretty simple to make! It’s the perfect rich chocolate frosting, even if you don’t need to be dairy-free and Paleo. Use this chocolate frosting to top your favorite cupcake, to decorate a cake or even to make those beautiful chocolate drips on a cake!

Here is what you need to make it:

  • Dark Chocolate (take care to use dairy-free if you need, such as Enjoy Life’s brand)
  • Coconut Cream

How to Make Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting

In the most basic form, this is a paleo ganache frosting. Basically the chocolate is melted with hot coconut cream, and it’s stirred together until silky and smooth. Just make sure to use coconut cream. If you can’t find the cans specifically labeled coconut cream, you can chill a can of coconut milk and scoop off the solidified cream.

Different Ways to Use It

I love how versatile this frosting is! Here are the two different ways you can use it:

As a Ganache Topping

A cupcake could be “frosted” with just the plain silky ganache as is. It creates a beautiful and thick glaze on top of the cupcakes (just like in this recipe here). To do it: dip the top of each cupcake carefully into the glaze and swish around to make sure it’s covered completely. Then gently lift it up to let to let the excess glaze drip off and quickly flip it back right side up on a wire rack to cool completely.

As a Whipped Frosting

Once the ganache is completely chilled (but not too hard) you will whip it with an electric mixer. Whipping it will add air to the chilled ganache and make it light and fluffy. It will significantly lighten the color and make it spreadable and easy to use in a piping bag.

Optional Additions

So the frosting as it is written is pretty decadent and ALL about that chocolate flavor. Which is great, but it also is possible to switch up the flavor a bit and add in some different ingredients and dress up your cupcakes / cake.

Powdered Sugar: Looking for a more sweeter chocolate frosting? Add in about 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar when you are melting it. Of course, this makes it NOT paleo, but still leaves it dairy-free.

Extracts: There are so many different flavors you can add in here! The most obviously being vanilla extract. Start with 1 teaspoon for that. Other flavors could be peppermint, orange, or even almond. Start with 1/4 teaspoon for those and increase as desired.

Flaky Sea Salt: After you’ve finished frosting your cupcakes go ahead and sprinkle on some flaky sea salt. A little sprinkle of sea salt always is a welcome addition.

Sprinkles: Because, of course! Add these after you’ve finished frosting your cupcake.

Freeze Dried Fruit Powder: Using a sprinkle of freeze dried fruit powder not only can make the cupcakes or cake look pretty, but it also adds a nice punch of flavor without adding in extra moisture. Raspberry or strawberry would be great here! But feel free to experiment. Freeze dried fruit can be commonly found in most grocery stores now, just make sure to read the ingredient list. Look for a brand that lists only the actual fruit as the ingredients. Add this after you’ve finished frosting your cupcake.

Use this Paleo Chocolate Frosting with these recipes:

2-Ingredient Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time 00:03 Cook Time 00:02 Inactive Time 00:50 Total Time 00:55 Yields 4 cups

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut cream until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chocolate is covered by the hot cream. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut cream together until a smooth ganache is formed. Let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then move mixture to the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from the freezer and stir around the mixture to make sure it chills evenly. Place back in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove and check to see that the mixture is fully chilled, but not completely hard. The ganache should be easily spreadable, but quite chilled. If it’s still warm or very soft, place back in the freezer and check on it every 5 minutes. If it's too hard, let it sit out until it's softened a bit.
  5. Whip the ganache with an electric mixer, until lightened in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium high speed. Make sure to frequently scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it is evenly whipped. When done, it should be an easily spreadable consistency.
  6. Use immediately with your favorite cupcake or cake recipe.
  7. Recipe will make enough frosting to frost between 12-16 cupcakes, or a 3-layer 6" or 8" cake.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can use chocolate chips here, instead of chopped chocolate, but make sure they're medium to high quality to ensure the proper consistency.
  2. Make sure to check ingredients of chocolate to ensure dietary requirements such as dairy-free. For dairy-free Enjoy Life is a great choice and for Paleo Hu Chocolate is a good choice.
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Paleo Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Everyone needs an amazing chocolate cupcakes recipe, and this one is ours! These Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes are moist with a deep chocolate flavor and simply delicious. They’re also dairy-free and made without any refined sweeteners. Grab a bowl and a whisk and head straight to the kitchen to whip some up!

A close up of a gluten free chocolate cupcake with piped frosting on top.Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

In my opinion, a chocolate cupcake should be at least three things: moist, rich and heavy on the chocolate flavor. These gluten free Chocolate Cupcakes check all those boxes and more! These simple-to-make cupcakes are a bit on the healthier side because they are dairy-free, made primarily with almond flour (hello nutrients!) and contain no added refined sugars. And the bonus is you only need two bowls and a whisk to make them! We have a few different options to frost them, including this dairy-free chocolate frosting. Whip them up for your next celebration or your next I-need-a-chocolate-cupcake kind of night!

Batter being mixed together.

Ingredients Needed

  • Almond Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut flour
  • Baking Powder and Soda
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • Espresso Powder (optional)
  • Eggs
  • Coconut sugar
  • Milk (We use almond)
  • Avocado Oil
  • Vanilla extract

Frosting Options

We’ve made a few different frosting options over the years. This recipe uses a traditional chocolate buttercream, though it does use butter so it isn’t dairy-free. This recipe is for a vanilla buttercream.

If you need a dairy-free and paleo-friendly version, check out this recipe! It is a whipped chocolate ganache frosting that is simple to make. It’s also the version shown here in the photographs.

Paleo chocolate cupcake with a big bite taken out of it.

If you like this sweet treat, check out these others:

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream and Heart Toppers
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Cupcakes
Dry
  1. 1 cup blanched almond flour
  2. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  3. 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  4. 1/3 cup chcocolate chunks
  5. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
Wet
  1. 3 eggs
  2. 3 tbsp apple sauce
  3. 3 tbsp raw honey
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
Frosting
  1. 1 cup grass-fed butter, softened
  2. 1 cup dark chocolate chunks, I use Enjoy Life's, Guittards, or Whole Foods brand
  3. 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk, more as needed
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. Dash sea salt
Heart Toppers
  1. 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate of choice
Cupcake Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients, excluding the chocolate chunks
  3. Add in wet ingredients and whisk together
  4. Add in chocolate chips
  5. Pour into muffin liners halfway
  6. Bake on 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Let cool completely before frosting
Frosting Directions
  1. Cream softened butter until fluffy
  2. Add in full-fat coconut milk until light and fluffy
  3. Add in vanilla and melted chocolate
  4. Add in cocoa powder and powder sugar until frosting is light, fluffy, and whipped
  5. Frost cupcakes
  6. Store frosting in the refrigerator and let come to room temperature before using
Heart Toppers Directions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Melt chocolate and draw hearts, letters, etc.*
  3. Gently stick toppers into frosting
  4. Store in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before serving
Notes
  1. *I use these squeeze bottles to draw the hearts and letters, you can do it without, though!
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Paleo Chocolate Truffles

Where healthy meets chocolate, these Paleo Chocolate Truffles are made with a few simple ingredients and are down-right delicious. This decadent chocolate treat is simple to put together but looks stunning! Aside from being Paleo Friendly, these truffles are also vegan and don’t have any added refined sugars. Make these for that certain holiday for lovers, or really anytime of year!

Dairy free chocolate truffles with a variety of coatings in a bowl.Easy Paleo Truffles

These Paleo Chocolate Truffles are decadent and down-right delicious, but also super easy to make! Basically you just make a thick chocolate ganache, let it chill and then roll into balls! You can coat these chocolate-y treats in a variety of flavors, but our favorites include the classic cocoa powder finish, as well as shredded coconut and freeze-dried fruit. They’re the perfect sweet treat to share with a friend, partner or to enjoy all by yourself!

Ingredients Needed

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coconut Cream 
  • Coconut Oil
  • Maple Syrup (optional)
  • Instant Espresso Powder (optional, but deepens the chocolate flavor)
  • Sea Salt

Paleo truffle ball in shredded coconut.Options for Coating

We coated these with three of our favorites for truffles.

Cocoa Powder: This is the most obvious! It’s classic, and for a reason.

Finely Shredded Coconut: You can leave this natural or you can toast it for a deeper coconut flavor.

Freeze Dried Fruit Powder: A fun way to add flavor to these truffles! Freeze dried fruit is now commonly found in most grocery stores and is inexpensive! Make sure to read the label to check that the only ingredient listed is the actual fruit and does not include any additives. We love the 365 brand of them at Whole Foods or the options at Trader Joe’s. Use any type of freeze dried fruit you like, but we found raspberry and strawberry to be a natural pairing with chocolate.

Making Paleo Chocolate Truffles

Essentially, to make these chocolate truffles you’ll be making a thick chocolate ganache, then chilling it until it’s easily rolled into a ball, and finally coating them with your flavor of choice! Nothing here is complicated but there are a few steps to get the chocolate to the right consistency.

The trickiest part for making these is gauging when the chocolate is the right consistency for rolling. First you’ll let the chocolate cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, and then place it in the freezer until it’s chilled enough to scoop out and roll into balls, about 1 hour.

Because the chocolate has coconut oil added to it, it can be tricky to roll into balls without making a sticky mess. Work quickly, and if it does get to be too messy, you can place the chocolate back in the freezer to harder. I’ve also found that washing your hands if they get too sticky to be helpful.

Chocolate truffle in cocoa powder.

Tips for Working with Chocolate

  • Use a medium to good quality chocolate, especially if you are using chocolate chips. While we love that this is an affordable DIY chocolate option, using low quality chocolate with a lot of additives, will negatively impact the final product. This is especially true if you are using chocolate chips, which are manufactured to hold their shape. Look for chocolate or chocolate chips with only a few ingredients for the best bark taste and texture. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive chocolate, but shoot for a minimum of the mid range brands such as Enjoy Life (for dairy-free), Ghiradelli, Trader Joe’s, 365 Brand, or Guittard, at a minimum. And of course, pay attention to added ingredients if you have dietary restrictions. And if you can afford better quality chocolate, go ahead as this will be the recipe to use it for.
  • Make sure all utensils are clean and dry. Water and chocolate do not mix! Even a small addition of water to chocolate can make it break, which would mean gritty chocolate. Make sure your bowls and utensils are clean and dry.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler. We suggest melting the chocolate mixture over a double-boiler because it’s the most gentle way to melt it. Most people don’t have a double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is an easy way to melt it, while making sure you don’t over cook the chocolate. 

Bowl of different flavors of chocolate truffles.

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Paleo Chocolate Truffles
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 12 oz. dark chocolate
  2. 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  3. 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  4. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  5. Dash sea salt
  6. ½ cup cocoa powder for rolling
  7. Optional: 1-2 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
Instructions
  1. Break up chocolate into pieces if it's in bark form
  2. In a pot heat coconut milk and chocolate
  3. Add in espresso powder and maple syrup
  4. Mix until combined; the mixture will be thick and look somewhat gooey
  5. Remove and add in dash of sea salt and lavender
  6. Set the bowl in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours, or in the freezer for 1 hour or until mixture hardens
  7. Set on the counter to soften for a few minutes before scooping
  8. Scoop out about 1/2 inch balls with a spoon and lay them out on parchment paper covered board. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes
  9. Roll truffle balls with your hands to make them evenly round
  10. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and serve
  11. Keep refrigerated when not in use
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Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Nothing in this world is better than chocolate and raspberry together and that’s why these Raspberry Swirl Brownies are the absolute best. You know what else makes these the best? They’re a decadent treat that’s on the healthier side by using coconut oil and almond flour. That means they’re also grain-free, dairy-free and Paleo, while still being totally delicious.

A stack of chocolate raspberry brownies on a plate.

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

It is the most perfect time of the year for making a chocolate treat for the one you love, and these Chocolate Raspberry Brownies should be the ones you make. They are fudge-y and chewy with a beautiful raspberry swirl throughout! Did I mention they’re also on the healthy side, made without refined sugar, grains or dairy? The raspberry swirl is actually made from cashew cream (our absolute favorite thing) and freeze dried raspberry powder! It adds a big raspberry flavor without weighing down the brownie from all the moisture from fresh raspberries. Trust us, you’ll want to make them.

Dairy free raspberry swirl in a bowl with a whisk.

Ingredients Needed

  • Coconut Oil (or butter, if you want!)
  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Flour
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cashew Cream
  • Freeze Dried Raspberry Powder
  • Maple Syrup

Cashew Cream

We love using cashew cream in place of cream or cream cheese in recipes. It’s more nutrient dense and just plain delicious. Cashew cream is simply soaked cashews that are blended until they are smooth and creamy. It works perfectly as a creamy base for the raspberry swirl.

Can I use fresh fruit?

Freeze dried fruit is preferred here, since fresh fruit will have too much moisture. If you want to use fresh fruit, the alternative would be to make a jam since the fruit will need to be cooked down.

Note: We have not tested this with jam, so can’t promise the same results! Have no fear though, freeze dried fruit is available in nearly every major grocery store, and is inexpensive!

A Word about Freeze Dried Raspberry

Freeze dried fruit is now commonly found in most grocery stores and inexpensive. Make sure to read the label to check that the only ingredient listed is the actual fruit and does not include any additives. To make the powder needed for this raspberry, either crush up the raspberries directly in the bag or you can blitz them in a food processor.

Raspberry cream swirled throughout brownie batter.

How to Get That Perfect Swirl

Making that beautiful swirl in batters can be so soothing and can look like a work of art! The more you swirl, the more intricate the design gets, but be careful of playing with it too much because in this batter, the raspberry could end up covering the chocolate if played with too much.

Using a knife or a toothpick, gently swirl either up and down the batter or in circles, or a mix of both.

Raspberry Swirl brownies in a baking dish.

How to Cut Perfect Squares 

  1. Use a parchment paper sling so you can easily remove the brownies in one piece.
  2. Let your paleo brownies cool close to room temperature, or place it in the refrigerator to cool down. And use a warm knife that has been run under hot water and dried to cut your brownies. 
  3. To get even pieces without using a ruler always cut down the middle! Make your first cut directly down the middle. Then cut each half in half down the middle. This of course only works if you are looking to make an even amount of slices.

Storing Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

As is the case with most brownies, these are best eaten within the first day or two. However they can be stored! Store these at room temperature for up to days in a covered container, or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

A piece of chocolate raspberry brownies on a plate.

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Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:22 Total Time 00:37 Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8" baking dish and line with a parchment paper sling.
  2. In a double boiler, melt together the coconut oil and chocolate.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture into a large bowl and add in coconut sugar. Whisk together, and let the mixture cool slightly.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and whisk together.
  5. In a small separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt
  6. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix together until completely combined.
  7. In the now empty bowl from the dry ingredients, whisk together the cashew cream, raspberry powder and maple syrup.
  8. Place 4 tablespoons of raspberry cream batter inside the bottom of prepared pan. Then drop large spoonfuls of brownie batter around the raspberry cream. Using a toothpick, swirl the mixture around. Then pour the remaining brownie batter on top of the marbled mixture. Using a spatula, gently smooth over the top to cover the first layer. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the remaining raspberry mixture on top of the brownie batter until no more remains and then gently bang the pan on the counter to smooth out the raspberry cream. Using a toothpick swirl the batters together. 
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes (the shorter amount of time for fudgy brownies and the longer amount of time for fully cooked cakey brownies).
  10. Let cool before slicing.

Recipe Notes

  1. The optional maple syrup is to give the raspberry a bit more sweetness. If you prefer your treats less sweet it is okay to omit it!
  2. Freeze dried fruit is now commonly found in most grocery stores. Make sure to read the label to check that the only ingredient listed is the actual fruit and does not include any additives. 
  3. This recipe was originally published in 2015, and republished with an update recipe and photos in 2020.
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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

If you have 5 minutes, and a few pantry staples you can have this delicious dairy free Hot Chocolate in your mug warming you up, right now! It’s so much healthier than anything from a packet and so much tastier. 

Dairy free hot chocolate with marshmallows in a mugEasy Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

In case you didn’t know, hot chocolate is really easy to make at home, with ingredients any well stocked pantry will have. Homemade hot chocolate is so rich and delicious and so different from any powders from a packet! You can customize this dairy-free hot chocolate to suit your tastes (extra dark, a bit more sweet, thick and chocolate-y) and have it in your mug in about five minutes. And don’t forget those marshmallows

hot dairy free hot chocolate in a pot

Vegan Hot Chocolate Ingredients

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (good quality makes a big difference here)
  • Dark or Milk Chocolate
  • Maple Syrup or Coconut Sugar
  • Salt
  • Dairy-Free Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

Dairy-Free Milk Options

We make this with a few different dairy-free milks, including almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk. Coconut milk makes the thickest and richest hot chocolate. I recommend replacing half of the coconut milk with water if you are using that dairy-free milk and do not want it very heavy. Likely just about any dairy-free milk or regular milk should work here.

pouring vegan hot chocolate in a mug

How to Customize this Drink

Make this drink the way you like it! If you like it extra dark, add less sweetener or more cocoa powder. You can switch up the type of cocoa powders by getting a really dark one, or one that is less bitter. Change up the type of chocolate you add. Add in some extracts, spices such as cinnamon or a sprinkle of sea salt to change the flavor profile. Adjust the sweetness to your likening by adding more or less syrup. There is really a lot of room to get creative here. Taste as you go to adjust.

Topping Options

My favorite part about homemade hot chocolate? The toppings! Top it with marshmallows (homemade or store-bought) or get really creative and make some homemade marshmallow fluff, you won’t regret it!

dairy free hot chocolate mix recipeHow to Make this as a DIY Gift

Want to give somebody a homemade packet of cocoa? You can make little packages with all of the dry ingredients (cocoa, chocolate, salt and coconut sugar) with instructions attached to it of what ingredients to add (such as milk and vanilla extract) and how to make it. Such a sweet way to let somebody know you love them this holiday season.

dairy free hot chocolate in a mug

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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 00:02 Cook Time 00:03 Total Time 00:05 Serves 2

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat ingredients in a medium pot over medium heat while whisking. Heat until bubbles form around the edges of the pot.
  2. Check the taste and adjust with more chocolate or sweetener. 
  3. Pour into two mugs and add marshmallows or fluff, if desired.
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