6 Tasty Desserts For The Carnivore Diet
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Life is too short; never to have a dessert again! Here’s what I’ve learned over the past couple of years and how you may be able to sneak a dessert into the mix.
This begs the question, can you have dessert while on a carnivore diet? The answer is yes; it just depends on what kind. This article will examine strict and less strict carnivore diet desserts.
All articles about a zero-carb or carnivore diet should always acknowledge context and go a little deeper into the general idea behind a carnivore diet.
Here are two examples.
People who are really sick, where conventional medicine has failed them, have found success on a carnivore diet as a last chance.
These people usually stick to a very strict version of a carnivore diet: “Nose 2 Tail Beef and Water.”
Then once they are fully healed, they might be able to bring back in other meats, fish, and maybe some eggs and dairy.
If you are curious about what success on a carnivore diet can look like, check out these testimonials.
Those who have found carnivore as a quick and effective way to lose a bit of body fat and increase their lean mass have no significant ailments.
Then these people likely have a bit of extra scope, where they can eat a wider range of foods and use small amounts of plant food as flavor enhancers and condiments.
Yet these people would likely do better on a strict carnivore diet. Some people need to put a little effort into discipline to improve their adherence to the diet, or any diet for that matter.
The examples above are pretty standard, but it’s important to mention that we are all different, and diet can affect us differently.
I want to disclose that I’m not a doctor and that you should direct all dietary questions and medical concerns to your doctor.
Speaking of doctors, there are two doctors who have written extensively on the carnivore diet, and I’ve read both of their books.
If the carnivore diet is new to you and you want to learn about it from doctors, then I’d highly recommend both of these:
So, is there room for desserts in a carnivore diet?
YES, for some people. Most carnivore diet advocates say that the sicker you are, the stricter you should be.
So, if you are not sick and can handle a little dairy and eggs, then you may be able to indulge a tad.
Dairy and eggs cause significant problems for some people, and if this is you, it may be wise to stop reading now. Most of the following dessert ideas have dairy and eggs!
Does this mean you can gorge on Ice Cream and Cakes?
No, of course not.
So, let’s look at some lovely desserts you can have on a less strict Carnivore Diet.
This is a very easy introduction to desserts, just plain natural yogurt.
A good quality natural yogurt contains a nice amount of protein is full of yummy satiating fat, and all you have to do is make sure it still contains its live cultures to get a nice amount of good bacteria, which could help you with digestion issues…assuming you do not have lactose issues. (1)
In an ideal world, you will make your own from Raw Milk, but you can get some decent shop bough versions if you look around.
Warning: Raw milk comes with risks of infection. If you want to learn more about raw milk and where to find it, you may want to check out this resource.
Like with natural yogurt, it is pretty easy to make your own, but you can buy good options from food shops.
Just make sure it is traditional Greek Yogurt and not Greek Style Yogurt.
When it says Greek style, that means it’s crappy processed yogurt that doesn’t contain live bacteria.
Greek yogurt is an excellent simple dessert on any low-carb diet, really, and while it does contain carbs because it is dairy, it is still pretty low.
Natural and Greek Yogurt taste great on their own, but depending on how strict you are, you could throw in some berries, honey, cacao nibs, or ultra-dark chocolate to boost the flavor and sweetness to make it more of a traditional dessert.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this, but it is something you can experiment with. Always check ingredients too. If sugar or fructose is listed, it’s a definite “no-go” in my book.
Now let’s go off the deep end and see if we can have more “traditional” desserts within a carnivore lens.
You can make a pretty decent crustless cheesecake that is carnivore friendly. It’s not something you should have every day, but then you shouldn’t have dessert on any diet every day anyway.
- 8oz full-fat cream cheese
- 4 high-quality large eggs
- 1.5 cups of full-fat soured cream
Mix all the ingredients together (all need to be room temperature), add the mixture to a buttered cake tin, and cook in a preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Use a water bowl underneath to prevent drying out.
Depending on your strictness, you could add natural sweeteners like honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon zest.
This is so simple even I can manage it, haha.
- 1 cup of full-fat raw milk, preferably
- 1 cup of full-fat raw cream, preferably
- 3 high-quality large eggs
Whisk everything together, pour it into a buttered oven dish, and stick it into a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Done.
Like the cheesecake, you can play around with the taste profile and sweetness by adding natural sweeteners and spices.
Again, it depends on how strict a carnivore dieter you want to be.
Carnivore Pancakes or Waffles
Most carnivore-appropriate desserts are super simple and based around eggs and some cream; this dessert is a prime example.
The main issue with this dessert is what topping you will use. I will leave that choice to you.
- 8 ounces of either ground beef or lamb
- 4-5 eggs (substitute duck eggs if you want to!)
Cook the ground beef or ground lamb in a skillet. When fully cooked, place in a strong blender like a Vitamix along with the eggs. This makes the batter.
Cook the batter in a waffle iron for waffles, or use a grill or pan for pancakes!
Pretty simple! I use a lot of butter as a topping or even raw honey from time to time.
Carnivore Ice Cream
This fun little recipe is from our friend Jessica Haggard at Primal Edge Health.
Since we are on the topic of recipes, I highly recommend her book, “The Carnivore Cookbook.” (Plus, for a limited time, you can use ANDY5 at checkout for $5.00 off)
- 4-6 egg yolks
- 1 liter of raw dairy cream
- Raw honey as a topping if you can tolerate it.
- Non-Carnivore ingredients if you can tolerate them for added flavor. Start with a 1/4 teaspoon and add more to the taste you desire. Some flavor add-ins are vanilla, mint, or lemon extracts.
Warning: this recipe uses raw egg yolks, which come with the risk of infection. Due to this risk, some people will pasteurize the eggs to help minimize health risks.
- Add egg yolks to the cream
- Whisk or use a hand mixer for 30 seconds to one minute.
- Place in a freezer-safe container with a lid for 4 hours or more.
- Once frozen, let the mix thaw out for five to ten minutes.
Ice cream maker option! You can also use an ice cream maker instead of placing it in the freezer for 4 hours. Personally, I prefer the ice cream maker method as it makes the recipe a little creamier.
Some common sense ideas
I am not condoning the daily consumption of desserts; they should be an occasional treat.
If you find that once you have had a dessert, you are craving them daily, this may be a sign that you might still have an issue with sugar addiction, and you should avoid desserts entirely.
If you can have a dessert and are able to forget about them for weeks at a time, then have another one for a special occasion like someone’s birthday.
Obviously, if you find that these recipes are giving you problems, then it’s probably a good idea to discontinue! As I said before, many people have issues with dairy and eggs.
Only you know how you handle desserts… so just be honest with yourself and enjoy them occasionally if you can tolerate them.
Carnivore Diet Newbie?
We all were at some point. I wasn’t interested in this way of eating until I watched the Joe Rogan podcast on YouTube with Dr. Shawn Baker!
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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. Consult with and ask your doctor about any diet or medical-related questions. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.