The simple truth about desserts is that they are very sweet. However, sadly, they are the major grey area of the Whole30 program. For a period of 30 days, you will stay away from food groups that lead to a vicious cycle of cravings and bad eating habits. Hence, even desserts and treats with Whole30-compliant ingredients are not allowed in this program.
If you are doing a strict diet such as Whole30 that does not allow traditional desserts, you would need a list of Whole30 desserts to add to your Whole30 meal plan. 30 days is a pretty long period to deprive yourself of things that excite your taste buds. Fortunately, you can enjoy some Whole30 approved desserts made with compliant Whole30 dessert recipes. Here are some great Whole 30 dessert ideas that you can use to spice up your whole30 meal plan.
What sweets can I eat on Whole30?
Some of the sweets you can eat on Whole30 include sweet potato blondies, mango & blueberry swirl cashew cheesecake, Whole30 berries & cream crisp, homemade cookie dough, whole30 strawberry coconut ice cream, roasted strawberries and coconut cream, and more.
Whole30 Dessert Ideas
1- Banana Coconut Ice Cream
One of the major things the Whole30 program will teach you is how to be creative in the kitchen. Do you know you can make super tasty ice cream from Whole30 ingredients? This Whole30 banana ice cream is made with coconut milk and bananas, and it is served with caramelized almond slivers. Here is how to make yours:
- Bananas – 4
- Date syrup – 6 tablespoons
- Coconut oil (melted) – 3 tablespoons
- Almonds (sliced) – ¾ cup
- Full-fat coconut milk – 1 13.5 ounces can
Preheat your oven to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet. Peel all the bananas and put them on the sheet. Drizzle three tablespoons of date syrup and the coconut oil on them. Put the sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Put the roasted bananas in a food processor or blender, add coconut milk, and blend until smooth. Pour it into a bowl and put it in the fridge for at least five to six hours or overnight. After that, put it in an ice cream maker or machine and freeze according to the instructions of the manufacturer.
Before you serve it, add the remaining date of syrup and almonds to a frypan and cook over mid-high heat. Stir it occasionally for about five minutes or until toasted, warm, and coasted in syrup. Use the caramelized almonds as topping for the ice cream.
2- Warm Sautéed Apples with Caramel Drizzle
There are certain fruits that can satisfy your sugar cravings during the whole30 program, and apple is one of them. When sautéed with cinnamon, you will enjoy the natural moist sweetness of apple, providing you with the perfect dessert that you can serve anytime. Are you craving warm apple pie? You should try this Whole30 dessert.
- Apple (peeled and sliced) – 2 medium sizes
- Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
- Ground cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
- Kosher salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Date syrup – ¼ cup
- Coconut cream – ½ cup
Add the coconut oil to a large fry and melt over mid-high heat. Add the apple slices and drizzle with cinnamon. Cook for about five minutes or until the apples are tender; stir occasionally. Put the date syrup, kosher salt, and coconut cream in a blender and blend until thoroughly whipped. Pour the apples into bowls and top with a sauce.
3- Triple Berry Smoothies
You can also make these delicious Whole30-friendly smoothies for dessert. This mixture is healthy, delicious, and very easy to make. It consists of many fruits to provide you with all the antioxidants you need.
- Frozen raspberries – 1.5 cups
- Froze strawberries – 1.5 cups
- Coconut milk – 2 cups
- Frozen blackberries – 1 cup
- Baby spinach – 1 cup
- Unsweetened shaved coconut for garnishing (optional)
- Additional frozen raspberries for garnishing (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a blender, except the shaved coconut, and blend them until very smooth. Your triple berry smoothie is ready. Pour it in cups and top with shaved coconut and raspberries.
4- Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is one of the most amazing, perfect Whole30 desserts you can ever have. It sounds very simple but it is super-rich. It is made with different antioxidant-rich and nutrient-dense fruits, ensuring you get all the minerals and vitamins you need.
For the Salad
- Raspberries – 6 ounces
- Blueberries – 6 ounces
- Strawberries (hulled and quartered) – 1 pound
- Mango (peeled and chopped) – 1
- Grapes – 2 cups
- Apples (peeled and chopped) – 2
- Orange (peeled and cut in half) – 1
- Kiwi (peeled and sliced) – 3
For the Dressing
- Zest of one lemon
- Freshly squeezed orange juice – ¼ cup
- Honey – ¼ cup
Add the orange juice, lemon zest, and honey to a bowl and whisk together. Add all the fruits to a bowl and drizzle dressing over it. Toss gently to mix. Put it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
5- Fudgy Almond Flour Brownies
Brownie lovers are not left out of this list, as they can still enjoy a delicious Whole30 brownie. This whole30 dessert is very easy to make, here is all you need to make yours:
- Large eggs – 2
- Unsweetened cocoa powder – ¾ cup
- Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
- Almond flour – ½ cup
- Extra-virgin olive oil – ¼ cup
- Sea salt
- Pure vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- Honey – ½ cup
- Coconut sugar – ½ cup
- Kosher salt – ½ teaspoon
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use parchment paper to line a baking pan and grease it with cooking spray. Add the salt, baking soda, almond flour, and cocoa powder to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Add the vanilla extract, eggs, oil, honey, coconut sugar, and almond butter to another bowl and whisk together. Pour the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Add the mixture to the baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean, then the brownie is ready. Drizzle with sea salt and allow it to cool a bit before serving.
6- Instant Pot Lemon Cake
In less than 40 minutes, you can bake yourself a very delicious Whole30 lemon cake that you can serve to the whole family as dessert. During your whole30 journey, almond is going to be your friend, especially in your desserts. This cake is a combination of coconut flours, tapioca, almond, creamy coconut milk, and other whole30-approved ingredients.
- Almond flour – 1 cup
- Tapioca flour – ½ cup
- Coconut flour – ½ cup
- Baking soda – 1.5 teaspoons
- Eggs – 3 large sizes
- Salt – ½ teaspoon
- Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- Melted coconut oil – ½ cup plus a little extra for greasing the pan
- Canned coconut milk – ½ cup
- Juice and zest of three lemons
- Date syrup – ½ cup
Add the coconut flour, tapioca flour, salt, baking soda, and almond flour to a bowl and mix. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk, and date syrup to another bowl and whisk. This means all the wet ingredients will be in one bowl while all the dry would be in another bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and stir gently until everything is mixed. Get a springform pan and grease with the extra melted coconut oil. Pour the mixture into the pan and use a foil to cover it tightly.
Put a trivet in your Instant Pot and add two cups of water to it. Put the pan containing the cake on the trivet carefully. Lock the lid of the pot and close the pressure valve. The Instant Pot should cook on manual and at high pressure for about 40 minutes. Release the pressure valve manually – turn it to venting – and let the steam out until the pressure valve drops. Open the lid and take out the pan carefully.
Take out the foil from the top of the pan carefully (because it would be hot) and let the cake cool for some minutes before taking it out of the springform pan. You can eat it like that or with any whole30 sauce or topping.
7- Grilled Mexican Chili Lime Mango
Grilling this classic Mexican chili lime mango makes it a more delicious and refreshing whole30 dessert. In addition to being whole30 and paleo-friendly, this dessert takes just a couple of minutes to prepare.
- Avocado oil – 1 teaspoon
- Mango – 1
- Ancho chili powder – ¾ teaspoon
- Fresh lime juice – 1 tablespoon
- Sea salt – 1/8 teaspoon
Grill pan or preheat your grill to medium heat. With the mango standing upright, cut the two flat sides from the pit in the center. Use a sharp, small knife to score the mango flesh of both sides into a checker mark pattern – avoid cutting through the skin.
Use avocado oil to brush both sides of the sliced mango halves. With the cut-side facing down, grill for two to three minutes or until charred. Allow it to cool. Push the center of the peel for both halves to invert them.
Sprinkle sea salt, chili powder, and lime juice on them. Taste for seasoning. If it requires more salt and chili powder, you can do the needful.
8- Creamy Grape Salad with Pecans
The Whole30 program has a replacement for candies – grapes. Grapes can sometimes be so sweet that they taste like candies. The creamy grape salad with pecans is the perfect Whole 30 dessert, as it consists of healthy and highly nutritious ingredients.
- Apple cedar vinegar – 1 tablespoon
- Green seedless grapes (cut in half) – 1 pound
- Thick-cut bacon – 4 slices
- Chopped pecans – ½ cup – you can also use walnuts
- Red seedless grapes (cut in half) – 1 pound
- Paleo mayonnaise – ½ cup
Add the slices of bacon to a dry frypan and heat over medium heat. Pan fry for about 10 minutes or until crispy and brown; flip every couple of minutes. Remove and crumble the bacon slices into bits.
Add the apple cedar vinegar, half of the crumbled bacon bits, mayonnaise, and grapes to a bowl and mix. Mix to combine and put it in the fridge for a minimum of one hour. At this point, the creamy salad might have settled at the bottom. Before serving, toss a little to coat the grape salad. Add the remaining bacon and chopped pecans, toss again, and serve.
9- Chocolate Mushroom Energy Balls
This great Whole30 dessert recipe also made it to our list of Whole30 approved desserts because of its great nutritional value and compliance. Here are the ingredients you need to make this whole30 dessert.
- Medjool dates – 1 cup
- Walnuts or pecans – 1 cup
- Unsweetened shredded coconut – 2/3 cup
- Cocoa powder or cacao powder – ¼ cup
- Sea salt – ¼ teaspoon
- Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- Reishi mushroom powder or/and Chaga – 1 tablespoon
- Grass-fed collagen – 1 scoop (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until sticky and crumbly. You should be able to make dough out of the mixture with your fingers. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix very well for all the ingredients to blend.
Using your hands, form small size balls. With the above measurement, you should get about 15 to 18 even balls. Put them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or until they are firm. If you want, you can roll the balls in shredded coconut or cacao powder before serving.
10- Almond Butter Banana Cookies
This Whole30 dessert is gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and highly nutritious. It requires just a few ingredients and simple steps to make.
- Almond flour – ½ cup
- Almond butter – ½ cup
- Ripe bananas (mashed) – 2
- Cup raisins – ½ cup
- Cocoa powder – ¼ cup
Preheat your oven to about 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Use parchment paper to line two baking sheets and set them aside. Add the almond flour, bananas, cocoa, and almond butter to a bowl and mix. Mix until well combined and then add the raisins and stir. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture into chunks onto the sheets. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes and take it off the heat. Allow it to cool and serve.
Can you eat chocolate on Whole30?
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take chocolate chips or unsweetened chocolate when following the Whole30 program. Anything that is less than 100 percent cocoa is not allowed during the program. This means you cannot take chocolates and other candies.
Those are some of the most amazing and delicious Whole30 approved desserts you can have during this program. They are very easy to make and are packed with loads of nutrition.