At the end of every year, I like to take a break and look back at the wonderful and delicious recipes that have been lovingly added to my blog over the past year. More specifically, the desserts. 😉 It’s pretty unlike me, I know. If you’re into chocolate, pies, cakes, ice cream, and more chocolate… stick around and check out the Top 10 Healthy Desserts of 2016, chosen by you, my dear readers. 

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#1. Perfectly Easy Coconut Flour Brownies

Even though these have only been on the blog a few months, it’s not surprising that they’re the #1 dessert! For a paleo, coconut flour brownie, they’re pretty dang amazing! And did I mention they’re easy?

Perfectly Easy Coconut Flour Brownies by #2. Hummingbird Cake

Originally made for a friend’s baby shower, this gluten and dairy-free cake is full of fresh fruits and frosted with coconut whipping cream (see #7 below). It’s the perfect light cake for those of you who aren’t as into chocolate as I am. 😉

Hummingbird Cake by Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

These rich and delicious brownies boast one of my favorite ingredients that helps give them a little healthy boost: buckwheat flour.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies by Healthy Dark Chocolate Marshmallows

If you’ve never made homemade marshmallows before, you’re missing out. With just a few real-food ingredients like local honey and grass-fed gelatin, you can transform a pretty worthless store-bough treat to something that’s actually healthy! (If you’re into homemade marshmallows, also check out my Maple Cinnamon Mini Marshmallows!)

Healthy Dark Chocolate Marshmallows by Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie

This tasty smoothie is a cross between breakfast and dessert, so it can either help you get out of bed in the morning, or keep you going as an afternoon treat! If you’re not into coffee (I happen to be allergic), you can use herbal coffee, as well.

Peanut Butter Mocha Smoothie by Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Hearts

Free of grain, eggs, and dairy, you can’t get a much easier, or healthier, treat for Valentine’s Day. And besides, they’re cute… 😀

Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Hearts by Honey Sweetened Coconut Whipped Cream

Ever since I figured out a little trick for separating the cream from the liquid in my canned coconut milk, this delicious dairy-free whipped cream has been a little less daunting. I’ve used it to frost my Hummingbird Cake (see #2 above), a Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake for my daughter’s birthday, and my Triple Chocolate Mousse and No-Bake Pumpkin Pie shooters. Or I just eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon…

Honey Sweetened Coconut Whipped Cream by Blueberry Compote Ice Cream

Did you know you could actually get your daily fill of probiotics from ice cream? Truth. This recipe from Fermented Foods at Every Meal by Hayley Ryczek uses homemade creme fraiche to make it extra delicious. 😉

Blueberry Compote Ice Cream by Paleo No-Bake Maple Pumpkin Pie

If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to enjoy pumpkin everything. Not only is this delicious pie paleo and no-bake, it’s also egg-free and super easy. It also boasts an added protein boost from Perfect Supplements grass-fed gelatin

Paleo No-Bake Maple Pumpkin Pie by Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Last, but definitely not least, are these delicious and easy paleo and GAPS friendly chocolate cupcakes I whipped up for my #5’s first birthday this past summer. You don’t have to be celebrating anything to enjoy these, though, they’re healthy enough to eat for a snack!

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Have you enjoyed another one of my treats that I didn’t mention? Let me know it the comments, and check out these other honorable mentions that didn’t make the Top 10…


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