The Carnivore Diet is an elimination diet that consists of eating meat, fish, and other animal products, including eggs and some dairy products exclusively. Simply put, there should be little to no plant material consumed. Advocates of the animal-based diet not only believe animal foods provide the best nutrition for humans, but they also believe plants cause many of today's health problems.
Considering the above information, you can immediately see how difficult it is for someone carnivore diet to eat dessert. Thankfully, after much research, we came up with some pretty sweet options.
The best ingredients for no-carb, no-sugar desserts are dairy foods like cream cheese, sour cream, and heavy cream. Its subtle sweetness and velvety mouthfeel make dairy the perfect secret ingredient for carnivore desserts.
We can get pretty close to having authentic "zero-carb desserts." Still, there are few (tasty) options without introducing zero-carb sweeteners or extracts, which may not be acceptable if you're following a strict carnivore diet.
Don't sweat it, though. You become satisfied with subtly sweet things after giving up all carbs (sugar) on a long-term basis. When you eat only animal products, a little sweetness goes a long way! Now, let's get into our list of Carnivore Diet desserts!
Easy Carnivore Diet Dessert Recipes
1. Carnivore-Friendly Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ teaspoon stevia tincture
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all of the above ingredients into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the standard "S" blade.
- Process the ingredients until the cream begins to stiffen up and form soft peaks. This will take about 2 minutes.
- Enjoy immediately, or chill and use to top other Carnivore Diet desserts.
2. Carnivore Diet Yogurt
- 1-quart raw milk
- 1/4 cup yogurt mother culture
- Pour 1 quart of raw milk into a glass container large enough to hold at least 5 cups.
- Add ¼ cup of yogurt mother culture to the bowl and whisk together until well mixed.
- Secure a tea towel or cheesecloth over the top of the container with a rubber band and set it on the counter (out of direct sunlight) for 12-18 hours to culture.
- Check culture completion by gently tilting the container and looking for setting signs. You should be able to gently tilt the container of an adequately set yogurt and see the yogurt separate from the side with a clean break. If you tilt the container and see milky liquid separating from the yogurt, return to the counter and check again later.
- Once signs of a correctly set yogurt begin to show, refrigerate for 6 hours and enjoy!
3. Carnivore-Friendly New York Cheesecake
If you're a less strict follower of the carnivore diet, we'd recommend adding in ingredients for flavor to your taste, such as sweetener alternatives, extracts, and zests.
- 8oz full-fat cream cheese (room temp)
- 4 large eggs (room temp)
- 1.5 cups full-fat creme fraiche (room temp)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a round cake pan and set aside. Fill a large oven-safe container with water and reserve for later use.
- Add all ingredients above to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium-low speed until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Add the mixture to the buttered cake pan, and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour with water in an oven-safe container beneath. This will help prevent the cheesecake from drying out.
- If you're less strict, you could add alternative sweeteners or extracts to your cheesecake. Enjoy!
4. Carnivore Ice Cream
If you're a less strict follower of the carnivore diet, we'd recommend adding in ingredients for flavor to your taste, such as alternatives sweeteners, extracts, and zests.
- 4-6 egg yolks
- 1-liter raw cream
- Add egg yolks and raw cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and mix on medium speed for one to two minutes or until thoroughly combined.
- Place in a container (freezer-safe) with a lid for at least 4 hours.
- Let ice cream thaw at room temperature for five to ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!
5. Carnivore Cake
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup sweetener see note (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1¼ cups whole milk, raw
- 5 tablespoons butter, cubed
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and gather ingredients.
- Add eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on medium-low speed for 2-3 minutes.
- Gradually add sweetener of choice and vanilla extract (if using) and continue mixing for 1-2 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium-low heat just until butter is melted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes before the next step.
- Slowly add the butter and milk mixture to the egg mixture and beat until combined.
- Pour the cake mixture into a greased baking dish (8x8), and bake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool before serving, and enjoy!
The Bottom Line
With a bit of imagination, you can churn out some pretty solid carnivore diet desserts. Though, if your primary goal is weight and fat loss, you obviously shouldn't consume them every day. Carnivore Diet desserts are still desserts. These foods are extremely palatable (for the Carnivore Diet) and easy to eat more than you need, which could easily lead you to a surplus of calories and subsequent weight gain.
Although there are many strict people following the Carnivore Diet, most don't notice any adverse effects from a small amount of carb-free sweetener or dash of vanilla extract from time to time. Just remember, when it comes to any diet, do what is best for you and your goals!
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