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Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE dessert. Growing up I had a (bad) habit of sometimes skipping dinner and eating ice cream instead. I’ve obviously since learned that isn’t the way to a healthy and balanced diet (duh!) and now save dessert for well, dessert. Since transitioning to a paleo/gluten free lifestyle a few years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for paleo desserts that leave my tastebuds just as satisfied as desserts in my pre-paleo days. Homemade options are sometimes labor intensive and quite frankly, take a lot of experimenting before just right, which is why I’m so glad I finally had the chance to check out Paleo Treats.
Sold through their online store, Paleo Treats are delicious paleo desserts made with only pure ingredients (think: nuts, berries, honey, cacao, etc). The treats come in a variety of flavors and options which can suit any dessert fanatic — paleo or not. I had the pleasure of trying all five flavors from the Paleo Treats online store and am excited to report that — FINALLY! — I’ve discovered a pre-packaged dessert that doesn’t taste like cardboard (and is darn delicious!), is actually made from clean ingredients, and sufficiently satisfies my sweet tooth. I’d also add that I would happily serve Paleo Treats to my non-paleo friends and family members (who are a tough crowd to please when it comes to paleo desserts — I happen to know from many trials-and-errors in the kitchen).
Of the five desserts, the Bandito was my number one favorite. Similar to an almond butter cup, the Bandito is made from: almond flour, roasted almond butter, coconut oil, honey, cacao butter, flax meal, dried unsweetened coconut, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
Second runner up was the Brownie Bomb. Paired with Katie’s Paleo Ice Cream, it was a dynamic duo that might have a hard time being beat! Ingredients in the Brownie Bomb include: honey, pecans, eggs, coconut oil, cacao powder, almond flour. A truly impressive feat of baking mastery with so few ingredients and such a rich and flavorful taste.
And lastly, I have to give a hat nod to the Mac Attack because I looove macaroons, and this one was spot on. I paired it with a cup of coffee for the perfect combo. This one is a bit less sweet than the others which was a great option for when I wasn’t in the mood for a chocolate-y treat. Ingredients in the Mac Attack include: shredded coconut, egg whites, honey, cacao powder, cacao nibs, and vanilla extract.
The other two desserts — the Mustang Bar and Cacao Now — were a bit on the nuttier side than I tend to prefer. I personally don’t love nuts, raisins, etc in my desserts (I never make brownies with nuts — it’s just my own preference!), but they were still really tasty. If you’re looking for something that’s less on the sweet side, these will definitely do the trick.
One thing to note is that the desserts are stored in the freezer and served frozen. While I tend to love cold desserts, it did take away from the flavor a bit as the temperature overpowered the taste. But on a hot summer day or after a sweaty workout sesh, a few bites of a Paleo Treats dessert is the perfect way to cool down. Additionally, each of the portions are pretty big, which is great since you can get a couple of servings out of each bar. I divided each into several pieces and ate 1-2 small pieces whenever I had a craving for something sweet.
I love what Paleo Treats is doing to support the paleo community and hope you check them out! Give the blog a read (oh, and check out this post on paleo tips for eating out, written by yours truly). And, if you’re a fan of the Balanced Bites podcast, be sure to tune in for info on how you can get a sweet deal (10% off) on your next purchase.
Check out the online store to purchase Paleo Treats as a gift or to give it a try yourself. And, don’t forget to subscribe to the Whole Health Hacks newsletter for a chance to win a $25 Paleo Treats gift card! [Contest closed August 2015]