If you were to put a label on it, the best desserts at not spiking your blood sugar are those that fall into the Paleo category. Full disclosure, we are not talking about strict Paleo here as for those that are following a strict Paleo diet you would not be eating any sugar or using almond flour to make a dessert. Some argue that you are allowed to do this but this is the gray area and an area in which cavemen probably weren’t grinding up the almonds they were finding and making almond flour–just saying. However, there are certainly a lot of great rules to follow that can be learned from the Paleo diet as well as why we are here today… Paleo desserts.
The secret to why Paleo desserts are the best type of desserts for your body is in their blood sugar balance. Paleo desserts tend to be nut-based, which means they are heavy on the protein and healthy fat. Having these macronutrients with sugars means they won’t cause the blood sugar spike and crash. The desserts tend to be lower glycemic and higher in fiber, which also helps eliminate that uncomfortable roller coaster ride that is your body on sugar.
Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Serves 4 to 6
2 14-ounce cans of full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
2 ripe avocados
5 to 7 tablespoons rice syrup or maple syrup or other sweetener
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 large handful of fresh mint leaves
¼ cup raw cacao nibs or unsweetened cocoa
- Open the coconut milk cans and scoop the thick white cream into a blender. Add avocados, rice syrup, peppermint, and fresh mint, and blend until smooth.
- Remove from blender and place into a bowl.
- Fold in the cacao nibs/chips with a spoon.
- Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe bowl and freeze for about three hours, mixing well every 30 minutes.
- Scoop into bowls, serve, and enjoy!
Warm Zesty Dates
6 Medjool dates
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Zest of 1 orange
Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
- Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan over low heat.
- In the meantime, remove pits from the dates while keeping the dates as whole as possible.
- Add the dates to the frying pan and cook until just barely warmed through – about 3 to 5 minutes. (Be careful and pay attention as they burn easily.
- Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with orange zest and salt.
- Enjoy warm.