Finding paleo desserts is something that I’ve been struggling with. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but every now and then I would like something more than a piece of fruit to snack on. I don’t always have time to make a complicated paleo dessert using alternative flours, etc. I want something that will be relatively quick and easy. An added plus would be paleo desserts that I can make in the crock pot. When I received The Paleo Slow Cooker for a feature on this site, I immediately started looking for paleo desserts.
I made about a quarter of this recipe since it was only me enjoying it. It still came out perfectly in the slow cooker so whether it’s you or a crowd, feel free to adjust down if you need to. I left out the coconut rum that the recipe called for since we do not drink or use alcohol in our home. Supposedly, you can purchase coconut cream in some grocery stores. Of course, our little grocery store did not have it so I made my own by using the thick part of canned coconut milk whipped with a tiny bit of added stevia. It’s not an exact replacement for whipped cream but it’s not a bad alternative.
- 10 bananas, cut into quarters
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tbsp coconut rum (I left this out)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Coconut cream for serving
- Place the bananas in the slow cooker and top with walnuts and coconut flakes.
- Mix together remaining ingredients, except the coconut cream, and pour over the bananas.
- Cook on low for 1½ – 2 hours, or until bananas are tender, but not mushy.
- Place on plates, pour coconut cream over the top and serve.
Most paleo desserts I’ve found are more time intensive but I love that this is something I can begin when I start dinner and then ignore until it’s dessert time. It requires very little actual hands on preparation time. Besides melting the coconut oil, you basically just toss everything into the slow cooker. It is lightly sweet from the bananas and the honey without being so over the top that it ceases being paleo. You could easily substitute maple instead of the honey or reduce the amount you use if that’s your preference.
If you’re looking for paleo desserts that are easy to prepare and delicious enough to tempt even a non-paleo, you need to try Paleo Banana Coconut Fosters. This recipe and many others can be found in The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy Gluten Free Meals the Easy Way by Arsy Vartanian.