I love sweets. A lot. However, living the caveman lifestyle doesn’t have to mean giving up on delicious sweet treats now and then. Especially when you make them from scratch and incorporate whole foods and minimally processed ingredients.
Today I’ll show you how to make a couple of easy, super quick treats for yourself, the kids or a party. Everybody will love these simple recipes.
Crustless Apple Pie
(about 10-20 minutes total)
While you could always make an almond/coconut flour crust, it takes more time and effort. And when the sweets craving hits, you want something quick! You only need a handful of ingredients for this and you probably already have them at home. Keep in mind though, this won’t be syrupy and thick and sugary like apple pie filling. It will be much lighter but still have the comforting apple pie scent and flavor you’re looking for and you only need 4 ingredients!
- Apples, sliced
- Lemon juice
- Sugar / honey / molasses (don’t worry, you’ll only use a little bit)
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F (149 C). On a cookie sheet, place one layer of apple slices (like in the picture above), squeeze some lemon juice, sprinkle a bit of sugar or drizzle some honey, and then dust some cinnamon on top. You can bake the single layer as I did, or if you want a big batch, you can pile up 3-4 of these layers (each with lemon juice, sweetener and cinnamon). Then bake until the top layer looks golden brown (about 6 minutes for a single layer, up to 10 for 3-4 layers). That’s it! Ready to serve!
Notes and options:
I opt for a sweeter variety of apple so I need to add less sugar/honey. Although, if you’re making a bigger batch, I’d even go with 2-3 different kinds of apples for a deeper, sweet/sour flavor! Peeling them is optional.
As for the sweetener, you’re only using a sprinkle so don’t beat yourself up about it. Honey, molasses and regular sugar all have the same impact on your body, so it’s up to you which type you want to use. I use raw sugar if I have it as I usually don’t have honey or any sort of syrup at home. A maple syrup or brown sugar would be very flavorful choices!
Yogurt Almond Dip
You can use this as a dip for fruits, fruit topping, pancake topping or just to eat as a treat on its own! It also has only 4 ingredients!
- almond butter
- vanilla essence / oil
For a dip or creamy dessert on its own, add 2 parts yogurt and 1 part almond butter, a few drops of vanilla and a dusting of cinnamon. Stir it all together until it’s smooth and you’re done!
If you want something lighter to go on top of fruit or pancakes for example, add more yogurt. 3 parts yogurt and 1 part almond butter should do it.
It’s very easy to adjust the consistency, by just adding more or less of each main ingredient.
Notes and options:
Any other nut butter will work with this recipe (just no peanut butter, since peanuts are legumes), though they have different thicknesses so add the yogurt in slowly until you get the consistency you want.
Slice up some fruit to dip in it, pour it over a stack of paleo pancakes (or regular ones!) or just grab a spoon and enjoy!