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Top 15+ Lectin-Free Desserts You Must Try

June 10, 2024

Looking for delicious desserts that support your health goals? Explore my collection of favorite lectin-free desserts, crafted over the past seven years. From cookies and cakes to pies and ice cream, each recipe uses healthy, wholesome ingredients—free from sugar, gluten, and other questionable additives. Dive into a world of guilt-free indulgence with these delectable lectin-free treats!

My Story

When I embarked on the Plant Paradox diet in the summer of 2017, one question loomed: Could I sustain this healthy lifestyle despite my love for desserts? Naturally, the first recipe I tried was for muffins. I told myself, “If I enjoy this muffin, I think I can do it!”

And here I am, seven years later. Not only have I sustained my healthy lifestyle, but it has also become second nature. Along the way, I became a recipe creator, initially to keep track of all the delicious treats I was making.

Now, there are nearly 100 lectin-free dessert recipes on this website and in my two cookbooks. Finally, I am excited to share a round-up of my favorite ones.

In this collection, you will find lectin-free cookies, cakes, galettes, cobblers, crepes, bars, and even one of my all-time favorites—a lectin-free tiramisu. I’ve left muffins out of this post because I believe they deserve their own special collection (coming soon!).

What is a lectin-free dessert?

Lectins are anti-nutrients found in certain plants that can cause gut damage and lead to a leaky gut. But a lectin-free dessert is more than just a sweet treat without lectins. These desserts are also free of refined sugar and generally free of caloric sweeteners, using minimal amounts of any sweeteners. While there are a few natural sweeteners that are considered safe on the Plant Paradox program, I prefer to remain cautious until more research is available. So, I use them sparingly.

Some of these desserts are also dairy-free. When I do use dairy, it is always of the highest quality, made with casein A2 milk. You can find a list of approved dairy products in my printable Plant Paradox Food List.

The flours I use are all lectin-free, ranging from low-carb options like almond, tigernut, and coconut flours to lectin-free grains like sorghum flour. Desserts containing fruits are typically made when those fruits are in season.

Most of these recipes include nutritional labels. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or requests for specific lectin-free desserts. I’m excited to create new healthy versions of your favorite desserts.

Let’s dive in!

My Favorite 15+ Lectin-Free Desserts

If your favorites aren’t on this list, check out our Round-Up of 30+ Healthy Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes.

The below recipes are: lectin-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free.

Sugar-Free Tiramisu in a Jar (Gluten-Free, Lectin-Free)

Tiramisu is my all-time favorite dessert. And I missed it so much after I embarked on a lectin-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free diet five years ago. But this year, for Easter, I decided to make tiramisu using a homemade cake. It was so delicious that I wanted to share the recipe with other tiramisu lovers who don’t eat gluten or sugar. This sugar-free, gluten-free tiramisu in a jar is the real deal. It’s creamy, soft, and as delicious as any good, authentic tiramisu, but much healthier.

Blackberry Cobbler (Vegan)

This dairy-free and gluten-free blackberry cobbler is made with fresh, juicy blackberries and an almond flour golden biscuit. Ideal for those moments when you want something warm, fresh, and delicious straight out of the oven.

Healthy Ice Cream Bars with Coconut and Blueberries (Vegan)

Healthy ice cream is easy to make, even if you don’t have an ice cream maker. These healthy ice cream bars with coconut cream and wild blueberries are creamy and delicious and ready in just a few minutes. Vegan, sugar-free, and low-carb, this is a guilt-free sweet treat to enjoy all summer!

Chocolate Banana Bread

This is the best banana bread I’ve ever had. It’s refined sugar-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, and dairy-free. It can also easily be made nut-free. This gluten-free chocolate banana cake is made with green bananas, and it is sweetened with dates and inulin powder.

Gluten-Free Rustic Cherry Galette

Rustic Cherry Galette

It’s the cherry season! And after eating fresh cherries, a gluten-free rustic cherry galette that is also sugar-free and lectin-free, is the next best thing. Unpretentious and easy to make, this gluten-free galette is a healthy summer treat to share with family and friends.

Gluten-Free Crepes with Chestnut Flour (Dairy-Free)

Do you want some gluten-free crepes that are even more delicious than regular crepes? Try these soft and delicate crepes made with chestnut flour, a recipe that requires just a few ingredients and a blender. Chestnut flour is naturally sweet and gives these crepes an incredible nutty, earthy, and sweet flavor without any sweetener. This recipe is also dairy-free and lectin-free, and you can even personalize it further with your choice of toppings or fillings.

Chocolate Strawberry Birthday Cake

This chocolate birthday strawberry cake is the perfect healthy cake for celebrations if you are a chocolate lover. It’s sugar-free, lectin-free and gluten-free, and even low-carb. And you want to know the best part? It’s very easy to make, even for someone without previous baking experience. I love to make this cake during strawberry season, for my husband’s birthday.

Gluten-Free Almond Biscotti Recipe (Low-Carb, Sugar-Free)

These sugar-free and gluten-free almond biscotti are just as good as the original Italian biscotti. Follow the basic recipe or use your creativity to create other flavors. They are easy to make and are a delightful and crunchy sweet treat for your coffee or tea; they are great for entertaining or as a travel snack and make the perfect little gift for your health-conscious friends.

birthday carrot cake sugar free

‘Happy Birthday’ Carrot Cake (Low-Carb)

Trying to be healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious and festive birthday cake. This birthday carrot cake was my first birthday sugar-free, gluten-free, lectin-free, and even low-carb cake (in July 2008). I loved carrot cake, and I wanted to recreate something as good as the best one I remember eating. And it did not disappoint; it’s fluffy, moist, and sweet with a little spice.

Keto Avocado Brownies with Hazelnuts

Keto Avocado Brownies with Hazelnuts (Lectin-Free, Vegan)

Indulge guilt-free in these rich, chocolaty Keto Avocado Brownies with Hazelnuts. Made with creamy avocado, crunchy hazelnuts, and raw cacao powder, these brownies are sweetened with just a touch of natural sweetener. As a gluten-free, lectin-free, and vegan treat, these keto brownies deliver nutrition and indulgence in every bite, catering to various dietary preferences.

Sugar-Free Sponge Cake with Sour Cherries (Low-Carb)

Sponge cake and sour cherries are a match made in heaven. Gluten-free and low-carb, this airy and light sugar-free sponge cake with sour cherries is not only delicious but also a healthy sweet treat. It’s easy to make and can be served in so many different ways. You can even make it without the cherries, add whipping cream and other seasonal fruits, and you have the perfect summer cake.

Sugar-Free Strawberry Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

Looking for a delicious and healthy dessert with fresh strawberries to make on repeat all spring and summer? This sugar-free strawberry cake with mascarpone frosting is light and fluffy and has a naturally sweet and nutty, delicate flavor. We love to portion this cake in tapas-size servings, making it a fun and delicious dessert for gatherings and parties. Not only this cake is gluten-free, lectin-free, and sugar-free, but it is also low-carb.

apple cake sliced

Easy Gluten-Free Apple Cake

Welcome the cozy vibes of fall with our gluten-free apple cake, a healthier twist on the beloved French classic. Each slice offers the comforting embrace of cinnamon and vanilla, creating a delightful dessert that’s low in carbs and free of added sugar. It’s not just a treat for the senses but also a perfect fit for various dietary needs. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, this gluten-free apple cake is your perfect companion for tea or coffee time, promising warmth and satisfaction in every bite.

Sugar-Free Apple Pie Bars

You would not believe these 3-layer apple pie bars are sugar-free, gluten-free, and lectin-free. One of my favorite childhood desserts, I wanted to convert this recipe to a healthier version for a long time, and finally, here it is. These apple pie bars are made with two layers of gluten-free shortcake crust and a delicious spiced apple pie filling. Perfect with a warm tea or coffee while you are hugged by your favorite blanket.

Healthy Sweet Potato Pecan Pie (Gluten-Free Crust)

Are you team sweet potato pie or team pecan pie? Now you don’t have to choose, because I give you the best of both worlds. A healthy sweet potato pecan pie made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients, no added sugar or nasty corn syrup. We make it on a delicious lectin-free and gluten-free crust but feel free to use your favorite crust. Get ready to surprise your guests with the healthiest and most delicious pie.

Tigernut Flour Cookies with Rosemary and Olive Oil (Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free)

Light and airy, our tigernut flour cookies are a revelation in every bite. Inspired by the traditional Greek melomakarona and Mediterranean flavors, they perfectly blend the robustness of extra virgin olive oil, aromatic rosemary, and dark chocolate richness. Prioritizing health without compromising on flavor, these cookies are gluten-free, sugar-free, and keto-friendly. Perfectly paired with tea or coffee, they offer a modern and healthy twist on Mediterranean indulgence.

gluten free pumpkin bars with mascarpone frosting

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars with Mascarpone Frosting (Sugar-Free)

Savor the season with our gluten-free pumpkin bars, topped with a creamy mascarpone frosting. These delightful bars are a holiday must-have, offering a moist and fluffy texture with the rich flavors of pumpkin and warming spices. Made with a blend of low-carb flours and naturally sweetened with dates, they are perfect for those seeking a gluten-free, lectin-light, and sugar-free option. Enjoy these beautiful, health-conscious treats that don’t skimp on flavor or festivity!

Lectin free chocolate chip cookies

Millet Flakes Chocolate Chip Cookies

These millet flakes chocolate chip cookies are a perfect replacement for oatmeal cookies if you are avoiding lectins in your diet. Thick, slightly sweet with a touch of dark chocolate and just a hint of salt, these cookies are a great accompaniment for a cup of coffee or tea. They are also easy to freeze and thaw, in fact, the texture improves after freezing. Make a big batch and always have a healthy sweet treat ready when you feel like it.

In addition to the recipes linked above, I wanted to share two of my absolute favorite desserts with you:

Chai Cake with Brown Butter and Mascarpone Frosting

This scrumptious, lectin-free cake is a special creation available exclusively in my Substack Newsletter. Subscribe for more exclusive recipes, meal plans, and more!

Chai Cake with Brown Butter and Mascarpone Frosting

Red Velvet Cake with Mascarpone and Coconut Cream

A delicious, moist, and easy-to-make layer cake perfect for any occasion. You can find this recipe in my second book, Everyday Low-Lectin Cookbook.

Red Velvet Cake with Mascarpone and Coconut Cream

I hope you enjoyed this collection of my favorite lectin-free desserts!

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