Whether you’ve been inspired by healthy foodies on Instagram or that friend who can’t stop RAVING about Whole30 and the Paleo diet, you’re likely doing a clean-eating reset of some sort right now. Well, more power to you! Everyone knows that eating unprocessed foods in as close to a natural state as possible is best. But if somewhere around your Week Two a craving for a little something sweet kicks in, there’s no need for you to derail all your good work. Whether you’re a newbie to healthy eating or just hitting the reset button, you’ll HEART these 19 grain-free cakes that derive their sweetness naturally from dates. There’s sure to be one to suit every type of healthy eating plan.


1. Sticky Date Pudding: Oh, em, gee — a completely vegan and gluten-free version of your grandma’s sticky pudding. Take that, you pesky cake cravings! (via Chronicles of Passion)


2. Date Bundt Cake: This cake is super moist, thanks to all the sweet bananas and dates in the mix. It’s also filled with lots of gingerbread spices that will waft throughout the whole house while it’s baking. (via Tuulia)


3. Apple Hazelnut Cake: This cake comes together quickly and easily, using ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry. Sweetened with dates and apples, it’s like the treat Mother Nature intended us to eat. (via Kitchen Hoopla)


4. Epic Chocolate Cake: This cake is like a dream come true for clean eaters. It cracks the code on the elusive tasty-but-compliant chocolate frosting recipe. (via Very Breakfast)


5. Paleo Maple Carrot Cake: It’s not too often that you come across a Paleo cake that’s this rich and delicious. The buttercream is light, not too sweet and wonderful to sink your teeth into. The recipe calls for butter, but you can substitute ghee if your eating plan calls for it. (via Eat, Drink, Paleo)


6. Pear Date Skillet Cake: This skillet cake could not be easier to make and the batter whips up easily in a blender. But it’s that drizzle of date sauce that’s the star of the show! Your taste buds will do the happy dance. (via Runnin Srilankan)


7. Cinnamon Roll Cake: Who doesn’t like cinnamon buns? If you thought they were off your plate forever, prepare to meet your new fave recipe. (via Put Your Heart in It)


8. Healthy Fruit Cake With Figs, Apricots and Dates: This cake is bursting with fruit, so it’s deliciously juicy, with hints of orange that complement the cinnamon and ginger. Break this one out with a nice cuppa when the four o’clock munchies come calling. (via Sprinkle of Green)


9. Flourless Chocolate Cake: This cake, sweetened with dates and made creamy with whipped avocado, is so tasty no one will ever guess it’s flourless and sugar-free. It would be perfect for a birthday celebration. (via Wake Up to Waffles)


10. Cinnamon Hazelnut Date Cake: A beautiful Bundt cake sweetened with dates and flavored with cinnamon is just the thing for a snowy weekend. A slice of this and a hot cup of coffee are the perfect pick-me-up after an afternoon of sledding. (A Calculated Whisk)


11. Chocotorta: If you can’t believe your eyes, this is a three-tiered layer cake that calls for no added sugar. One bite of that combo of chocolate with cashew caramel and you’ll be in dessert nirvana. (via The Wellbar Journal)


12. Paleo Lemon Coconut Bread: Lemon and coconut are a classic combo and, after a taste of this cake, you’ll see why. Take this one to your next game-day gathering and you’ll be everyone’s BFF. (via Sweet As Honey)


13. Spelt Flour Chocolate Cake With Date Frosting: This cake is drop your fork on the counter, shake your head and close your eyes good. Break it out when you have friends over who can catch you before you fall. (via The Scratch Artist)


14. Five-Ingredient Gluten-Free Healthy Date Squares: Even baking novices will have no trouble pulling together this simple but delicious cake. You know it’s 100 percent healthy when it only has five ingredients and you baked it yourself. (via Pure Ella)


15. Apple Date Cake: This cake is a bit like a quick bread, so you can bake it in a loaf tin or muffin pan. If you do the latter, don’t forget to add a little drizzle of walnut sauce to each little muffin — ’cause it’s the bomb! (via Primal Bites)


16. Paleo Zucchini Chocolate Cake: This cake is seriously dense, heavy, chewy and FUDGY. It’s like a shot of pure chocolatey goodness sent straight to your taste buds with every bite. (via The Healthy Foodie)


17. Pear and Cardamom Loaf Cake: If you love a loaf cake that’s full of warm winter spices, this recipe is for you. It freezes well, so put aside a few slices to take into the office and break one out when you need a healthy coffee break treat. (via Eighty 20 Nutrition)


18. Raw Vegan Date Squares: These date squares whip up in only 15 minutes, using just four ingredients. The combination of the oaty cookie base with a soft, chewy middle and crunchy crumble topping is triple delicious. (via A Sunshine Mission)


19. Raw Vanilla Coffee Creme Pie With a Chocolate Crust: Fair warning: This creamy confection is so good, it may be difficult to stop eating. Call a few friends over when you serve it, and share the burden. (via This Rawsome Vegan Life)

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