Paleo Dessert Recipes

the best ever paleo cake recipes (also including primal cake recipes)
For some of us, it’s hard to imagine life without cake ever again. And for a while, this really deterred me from going 100% Paleo (what would I do without red velvet cake!). However, I shouldn’t have worried because there are a ton of amazing Paleo cake recipes out there to make instead (they’re healthier and just as delicious!).

In fact, there are so many amazing Paleo cake recipes (as you can tell by this long post), and many of them are remarkably easy and fast to make. There are even some delicious microwave mug cakes!

To help you find the right Paleo (or Primal) cake for you, I’ve categorized the Paleo cake recipes into various lists. First, there’s my all-time top 3 Paleo Cake Recipes. Then, there’s my top 7 Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes, my top 9 Primal Cake Recipes (many are primal because the frosting ingredients include dairy), my top 3 Fast Cake Recipes (all are gluten free and grain free), my top 3 Paleo Bundt Cake Recipes, my top 4 Paleo Holiday Cake Recipes, and my Other Favorite Paleo and Primal Cake Recipes.

I hope this helps you to find the right cake recipe for your occasion (whether it be dinner tonight, a quick snack, or a birthday celebration).
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paleo chocolate cake recipe
It was Jeremy’s birthday a week ago, and we celebrated by making this amazing Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe (with chocolate frosting and coconut chocolate ganache!). The cake got the thumbs up from both my mum and Jeremy’s mum. Personally, I think the frosting was superb and made the cake simply amazing.

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Paleo Breakfast Porridge

paleo breakfast porridge recipe
This is a really versatile recipe – it can be a great breakfast option or a quick dessert/snack! And you can add as little (or none) or as much honey as you want.

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paleo apple tartlets recipe
George from Civilized Caveman Cooking is one of THE NICEST people I know! So, I was really thrilled when he posted my guest post on Apple Tartlets. These things are delicious!

The recipe is here:

paleo bread recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free)

You asked for a Paleo Bread Recipe

I’ve had a lot of requests for a full loaf paleo bread recipe, so here it is! It takes longer than my microwave bread recipe, but it’s worth the wait (most of the extra time is just waiting for it to cook in the oven), and you can make enough to share.

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Easy Paleo Apple Pie
I love Apple Pies, and apparently so do a lot of other people. My longer recipe for a large Paleo Apple Pie is one of the most popular recipes on my blog!

So, I want to tell you about my recent guest post at Alison Golden’s Paleo Non Paleo for this really fast and easy, no-bake Paleo Apple Pie recipe.

It takes around 30 minutes (from start to finish) to make 2-4 of these.

And while you’re over at Alison’s blog, you should check out her 20 Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed Paleo Breakfast Ideas To Wake Up To.

5-Minute Paleo Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
One of the best things about pumpkin puree is that it’s edible straight out of the can!

So, why slave for hours making dessert?

This pie is just 4 ingredients and can be made in just 5 minutes (less if you’re quick!).

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paleo chocolate coffee coconut dessert

No Cooking, Super Fast, Totally Delicious

This is one of my favorite desserts ever, and you can make it into any flavor you want – it doesn’t have to be coffee-flavored or chocolatey.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia has become known as a “superfoods” in recent times, and it is pretty spectacular as a food! There are all sorts of health benefits from reducing arthritis to promoting gut health, but what I like the most about chia seeds is the fact that they puff up so much! Check out the photos below to see their amazing transformation!

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Upside-Down Apple Tartlets
Here’s another delightful recipe from Elana’s Pantry. Her latest book is available for pre-order now – Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry at
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Coconut Butter Stuffed Dates

Paleo Dates stuffed with Coconut Butter
I listed this simple recipe in my 12 Ridiculously Addictive Coconut Butter Recipes post, but I now realize that it deserves its own post! And if you’re wondering why….it’s because it’s too delicious.

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2-Ingredient Paleo Pancake

Paleo Pancakes
I sadly have yet to discover any Paleo crepes (super thin versions of pancakes), but I have made several different versions of Paleo pancakes now. And this 2-ingredient one has to be the easiest ever!

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Paleo Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Paleo Chocolate Truffles
I know this photo is of J holding the truffles out to me…but I made those truffles!

And you can too!

I’m going to give you 3 variations on these truffles, one of which requires just 2 ingredients! And no cooking (no pots or pans) – but you do need a microwave and a freezer.

This means that even if you have very little time to come up with a Valentine’s gift, you’ll still have plenty of time to make these truffles. But it also means that if you don’t make these truffles, then you’re clearly not willing to expend even a little bit of effort! So, I guess the conclusion is: Make these Truffles!

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Paleo Curry Pretzels!

Paleo Pretzels
I live in New York where street carts selling pretzels are on the prowl at every street corner, but I’m just not tempted to buy them ever. Have I become so health-conscious that I now turn my nose up at anything with wheat in it? Or is it out of fear that the pretzel had at one time fallen onto the grimy pavements of Manhattan before being picked up again and placed onto the top of the pile? Hmmm. Well, I can tell you one thing…if those street carts start selling these Paleo Curry Pretzels, then grimy Manhattan pavement or not, I would be buying them!

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Paleo Real Muffins

Paleo Muffins
This is The Most Perfect Muffins EVER! You can’t tell it’s made from Zero Grains! I got so excited after making these that I decided to taste-test them on some non-Paleo friends and got a great reception from them. Two of them asked for the recipe (doing a little dance now).

Of course, there’s a secret ingredient to the recipe that makes the muffins so much fluffier and more like wheat-based muffins.

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Paleo Apple Pie

I was actually planning to make mince pies this Christmas season but instead, apple pies popped out of my oven! Don’t worry, this wasn’t some freak accident, it was actually because I kept forgetting to go to the store to get brandy for the mince pies.

If you’re not British, then you’re probably a bit confused and maybe more than a little intrigued by mince pies and why they would have brandy in them. So let me reassure you quickly that a mince pie is most decidedly not a carnivorous dish! The mincemeat that forms the filling of these pies is predominantly made from dried fruits (like raisins) and the peel from oranges and lemons (and also a helping of brandy, of course).

Anyways, back to the apple pie…the difficult part of this was the pastry. It was difficult to get almond flour to exhibit that stretchy texture of gluten-filled pastry, so I added my secret ingredient…

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Banana Bread

Paleo Banana Bread
This is another of George’s wonderful creations! You can find the full recipe at How could I not make it when George kept telling me just how delicious this was, and rightfully so! I typically don’t buy bananas (they’re higher in sugar than most fruits), but I made an exception for this bread especially since there was no added sugar in it. I actually sent J out into the cold to buy some bananas just so I could make this recipe – totally worth the small effort!

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Paleo Choc Chip Cookies

Please don’t get turned off by all the “free” things in the title!  It’s actually pretty good despite not having most of the traditional ingredients for cookies!  I found this recipe on George’s Civilized Caveman Cooking website – please go there for the full list of ingredients.

It’s also a very simple recipe. In a large bowl, combine the eggs with some vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt. I of course was very generous with my own homemade vanilla extract (see here).

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce

If you haven’t gathered by now, I’m not American (I’m from across the pond, and no that’s not Ausssieland). Thanksgiving is clearly not a big tradition in England (in fact I had only heard about it from TV shows like Friends before coming over to the US). I have to say I have never cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner, but I have tried my hand at a few traditional dishes, one of which is cranberry sauce.


I was surprised at just how easy it was to make cranberry sauce (just pop into some water, heat it up and add raw honey, and spice it up however you like), but having made a large batch of it, I was perplexed as to what to do with it all! Especially since I had no turkey and no Thanksgiving Dinner planned.

So here are my 23 ideas for what to do with leftover cranberry sauce….

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Paleo Coconut Pancakes

Paleo Coconut Pancakes Recipe
This is really just a classic Paleo breakfast/brunch dish. I’m not sure when I first chanced upon the recipe, but I’ve been making it for quite a while now! It’s a bit more complicated than the 2-ingredient pancake (recipe here), but it’s definitely delicious (esp. with a tad of maple syrup).

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Hi! I'm Louise - I am "beyond gluten-free," grain-free, paleo/primal, a lawyer, an ex-physicist, a cook, a blogger, a Brit living in the US, an ex-violin player, an occasional crossfitter, a mystery book junkie, and of course, I am the Ancestral Chef :) Read my About Me Page for more!

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