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Anti-Candida Desserts: What Do You Eat?

For even more desserts, check out  Desserts without Compromise, my new ebook with 19 original recipes (all sugar free, gluten free, egg free and dairy free)!  To learn about the recipes or to purchase, click here.  To see photos of all the desserts, see this post.

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[Raw key lime tarts–NOT an ACD-inspired recipe (yippee!) See below.]

After the great response I got from my Anti-Candida Breakfasts post, I thought you all might be interested in some ACD desserts.  Since this phase of the diet is very clear about NO SWEETENERS (except for stevia), NO FRUIT (except for limes, lemons and avocados), and NO FLOURS (except for bean flours, in teensy amounts), we ACD followers have to get pretty creative when it comes to satisfying the sweet tooth.  And believe me, my sweet tooth has been mighty insistent of late.**

So today’s post is all about desserts–the non-sugar, non-sweetener, non-flour way!  Doesn’t that just sound unbelievably appetizing?  (I know, I have been deluding myself this way for over a month now). OOOOOH, YUM!  Read on to share my pain  be glad you’re not me  find a few surprises you might actually like!

Faux Applesauce

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[Seriously, doesn’t that look just like applesauce?]

For some reason, the ACD vetoes all squashes except zucchini, yellow squash (basically jaundiced zucchini) and spaghetti squash.  While browsing through one of the forums about the diet, I came across this idea for mock applesauce–essentially, you bake a spaghetti squash, scoop out the (remakrably spaghetti-like) flesh, then purée it with cinnamon and stevia.  I added a touch of ginger and cardamom as well.  It was surprisingly good, and, I’m sure, would be fabulous if made with an actual sweetener like agave or pure maple syrup.  I’ve been enjoying this after dinner on occasion when I need something I can pretend is fruit.

“Chocolate Pudding”

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[Well, the texture is perfect, at least. . . . ]

I placed the title of this dessert in quotation marks, because there is no way anyone would mistake this for actual chocolate pudding.  Oh, the texture was fabulous, but when you sweeten cocoa with stevia, the result is, shall we say, rather pucker-inducing. Well, except to me, when I’m desperate for chocolate and don’t care if it’s bitter or has a stevia “aftertaste,” that is.  The HH wouldn’t even finish the first spoonful (though he did concede that the texture was great).  I’m going to work on a non-candida version of this because I know it will be irresistible when made with some other type of sweetener!

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[Pure yum!]

One of my favorite junky sweet treats when I was in my teens and 20s was Nielsen “Macaroons.”  They were essentially milk chocolate (or should I say, “milk chocolate flavored“) rosettes–sort of like Hershey kisses with toasted coconut in them–and I adored them.  I’d stop at the Bulk Barn on my way home from class and purchase a small bag, then munch away during the bus ride home.  In my 20s, of course, I was able to do so without any ill effects or physical consequences (well, except for the time that guy in the seat beside me put his hand on my knee–not connected to macaroons, I reckon).  My, how times have changed since then!  Not only can I no longer eat that way, but these days, I’d be whacking that guy’s hand with my umbrella and disturbing fellow passengers by shrieking at the top of my lungs.

Although I haven’t eaten the Nielsen variety in about a decade, these little confections reminded me of them–only much, much healthier.  To me, these sweets taste like actual milk chocolate (not chocolate “candy”), mixed with coconut.

Now, I know there are about 17,428 versions of a “nut butter, carob and coconut” treat on the Internet, but this one is my own (original!) creation, and dear to my heart.  And besides, I’d love to know whether any of you out there agree about the taste (or is it simply my ACD-addled tasted buds playing tricks on me?).

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Chia “Tapioca” Pudding

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[This is carob, but for a chocolate variation of the pudding, use chocolate almond, soy, hemp or other milk]

As I mentioned in a previous post, this is one of my favorite treats, even when I’m not following the ACD.  This version boasts carob, cinnamon, and a touch of stevia.  If you’re feeling adventurous, add a teaspoon or two of ground flax seeds to the mix as well. (You wacky dessert-lover, you!)

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**Every  source you read about the ACD says that, as long as you stick to the plan, your sugar cravings will disappear in 3-4 days.  Excuse me while I guffaw.  I’m well in to Week Five, and sugar is calling to me just as loudly and insistently as ever.

PS.  To read about a non-ACD dessert recipe by yours truly, flip open the May/June issue of Clean Eating Magazine for my second Happy Endings recipe!

UPDATE: SOME OTHER ACD-FRIENDLY DESSERTS on Diet, Dessert and Dogs, below. This is just a partial list. For a full list, see the Desserts Category in the Recipe Index (note that Wellness Weekend posts may contain non-ACD recipes):

For many more dessert ideas, please see the Recipe Index(desserts after March, 2009 are ACD-friendly!)

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135 comments to Anti-Candida Desserts: What Do You Eat?

  • I agree–I usually try to temper the cocoa with carob powder (if you get the right balance, it still tastes like chocolate but isn’t bitter). 🙂

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    Veronica Reply:

    Thank you both! I did try making hot cocoa with stevia (NuNaturals) and it worked very nicely, but that may be because of the natural milk sugars (probably not an ACD-friendly treat). I haven’t tried it with any other chocolate yet but will keep your suggestions in mind.

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  • Jillian

    Hi Ricki – I am just wondering if you use an alcohol based vanilla extract in your recipes? I am following the ACD diet, and haven’t used vanilla or peppermint extract in 4 months because they have alcohol in them, which isn’t allowed on the ACD diet described by Whole Approach. Do you use extracts based in something else? Or do you find the small amount of alcohol is fine?

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Jillian,
    I think everyone is different–I used vanilla powder in the beginning (you can get it from Navitas Naturals), and fresh peppermint leaves when I wanted those flavors. At this point, the tiny amount of alcohol is okay for me–I don’t notice a difference. But as I said, you may react differently. Sometimes I think the only way to know is to give it a try! But you should check with your healthcare provider first before making any changes to the diet. 🙂

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  • […] Have any fantastical pie creations of your own? We would love to hear your recipes. Image credits dietdessertndogs.com, dairyfreebetty.com […]

  • Hello,Oh my goodness you have some delicious looking treats! I’m looking for something for my birthday,my favorite is pumpkin pie,but having just started Candida Phase One diet,that is out,as are a lot of your goodies.Can you recommend anything? I can’t even have nuts,flours,berries,any sweetener…hoping to find something out there! Thank you!

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  • shannon

    The carob coconut sweeties may just save me! Thank you! They are great!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks so much, Shannon! They are one of my favorite “no-guilt” treats, too. 🙂

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  • […] one sweet treat that’s “legal” on the diet and use it to combat any cravings. For me, the Carob-Coconut Sweeties were a total […]

  • Paula

    Hi,
    Thanks for the recipes, they look great. I noticed that you used dates and agave nectar in some of them which can trigger candida. Dates are a dried fruit and are not recommended. Agave is not tolerated by some of us either. Maybe for later phases but not phase 1.

    I can only use stevia in phase one.

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  • Paula

    Oh sorry, I just saw the reference to variations- thanks!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Paula,
    Glad you found them! I eventually began to tag each recipe according to the stage of the diet for which it’s suited, but this post was written before I began to do that. By Stage 3, most people can eat coconut sugar, coconut nectar, agave (in moderation) etc. so it really opens up the possibilities. 🙂

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  • April

    I LOVE the Coconut Sweeties! I make them with 1/2 carob and 1/2 cocoa and roll them in palm sugar. It balances the bitterness of the stevia and gives them a slight crunch. So yummy! I’m making up a batch of 20 today so that I don’t run out! I also love the Chia Pudding. I have trouble not eating the entire batch in one day! 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks so much, April! I love the sweeties, too. But one question: are you on an anti-candida diet? If so, the coconut sugar should only be used in later stages. Yes, it is low glycemic, but it can still spark sugar cravings (at least it can in me). When I first started, I had the sweeties with stevia only. And thanks for the reminder about the chia pudding–haven’t had a good chia pudding in ages! It’s great with coconut milk, too, for a really rich and creamy version. 🙂

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  • April

    I am on the maintenance diet – I just stay on it all the time. I can handle a very limited amount of sweetener. I’ve only tried the pudding w/the almond milk so far. I will have to try the pudding w/the coconut milk, sounds yummy! I also love coconut “mousse” made w/coconut cream, stevia and cocoa. So good! Don’t know what I’d do without all of these great recipes. 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Sounds like we’re about at the same place with the diet. Thanks for the mousse idea! 🙂

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  • Mike

    Does anybody have a recipe for ACD lemon tart or pecan pie?

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    Ricki Reply:

    I don’t have a lemon tart, but I have these raw lemon bars: And there’s a revamped version of my chocolate pecan pie in my new cookbook. I think both of those would be hard because of the high sweetener/starch requirements, but hoping you can have either of these!

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  • Carolyn

    Ricki I have just adventured into this ACD over 30 days now. Some of my smythoms have left. Felt really great at first, but some symthoms have returned. Staying strict on the diet.
    Don’t quiet understand what is going on. I also ordered all 3 of the e-cookbooks but haven’t received anything on them yet. Ordered them on Jan. 22nd. Let me know if you have any suggestions on what I should do.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Carolyn,
    Since we’ve now emailed each other, I know you have received the ebooks–and thanks for letting me know! I think you are referring to symptoms leaving and returning. It may be a detox reaction (though I’m not a doctor–just a guess. I would check with your own healthcare professional to be sure). It took me quite some time to see all the symptoms disappear, and I do still have minor flare-ups depending on how strictly I follow the diet. So hang in there! 🙂

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    Mike Reply:

    Hi Carolyn

    I’ve had a bad run with Candida over the last 3 years. Nobody seemed to know what was wrong – All the usual symptoms. Turns out I had multiple parasites (blastosystus hominus and Chryptosporidium and fluke worms) On top of that a raging systemic candida infection. I’ve gotten rid of the parasites and am now well on the way to getting rid of the candida. You have to realise the candida overgrows in your system because your immune system has been getting a hammering (usual causes such as mercury poisoning, antibiotics etc)It is imperative to rebuild your immune system and health as a whole, while taking antifungals and probiotics. Ive had great success with Candigest (antifungal), threelac (probiotic), colostrum (immune system) and hydrogen peroxide. These four natural meds are all magic and in my opinion a must. Of course I adherred strictly to the ACD. Thank goodness for sites such as this for recipes and advise. Stick with it, you will get there!!

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  • As a wellness coach who focuses on chronic conditions like candida, this is a GREAT resource for my clients. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thank you so much, Wendy! Your site looks great. I hope the recipes and information here can be of use! 🙂

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  • Your recipes are a God send! I’ve been on the anti-candida diet and avoiding several food sensitivities for 4 weeks now and the cravings are worse than ever! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL OPTIONS, now I can enhance my limited diet without feeling deprived!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Sophie, that is so awesome to read! Thank you so much for letting me know–it’s because of people like you that I keep writing this site and it warms my heart to read that it is helping you. Good luck with the diet and your healing journey–you will get there!

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  • Sharon

    Hi,
    I “stumbled” across your blog and love it! I’m fairly new at this ACD diet (1 year) and so needed some encouragement and ideas for ACD dessert recipes! Thank you! I wonder if any of your readers went on this diet solely because of a cough??? I did, after going from doctor to doctor for over 10 years. A wonderful chiropractor finally diagnosed me and my cough has improved significantly with diet, probiotics and anti fungal supplements. It’s still hard for me to believe that Candida can cause such a cough but if I cheat and eat sugary or high carb stuff it gets worse! It’s very hard to remain faithful to such a strict diet!!! That’s why I love your blog. I don’t feel so alone.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks so much, Sharon. I had the same feeling when I first found someone else with this condition and stumbled on THEIR blog. I think half of healing comes from not feeling alone on the diet! No, I’ve never heard of someone being diagnosed based solely on a cough, but I’m not a doctor, so that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. And if the diet works to keep it at bay, stay with it, I say. I am the same way; if I veer too far from the diet, symptoms return. So that tells me something! Welcome to the blog and thanks so much for commenting. Best of luck with the diet (though I’d say after a year, you are already an expert at it). 🙂

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  • Angela

    Hi. Im new to this diet. I have recently been diagnosed with candida and a leaky gut. I have also had several food reactions, including anaphylaxis to almonds. Coconut is also one of my allergies. Do you have any other options for flour to use? Is buck wheat okay since it it not truly a grain? Thanks for your help.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Angela,
    There are lots of recipes without coconut or almonds on the blog if you take a look through the Gluten-Free Index (or you could use the search function and look for “buckwheat.”) 🙂 The diet I followed allowed buckwheat, but you should always check with your healthcare provider, as there are many different versions of the diet, and your doctor or ND will design a diet that works for you. Good luck with it and hang in there! 🙂

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    Angela Reply:

    Thanks for the quick response. Im only at day 5 o my cleanse, so i still have a bit to go. Juat trying to plan ahead.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Always a good idea! And best of luck with it (it does get easier–promise). 🙂

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  • chris

    Where is the “chocolate pudding” recipe? Thanks!!!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Chris,
    I wasn’t happy with the final taste/texture of the pudding, so I didn’t post a recipe. I will do so when the recipe is perfect. 🙂

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  • Lisa

    I have been battling yeast for 20years on and off.I can’t believe how difficult it is to ridyourself of yeast.Trying to find out about baking with xylitol.Do you know if yeast reacts to xylitol?I took yeast fighters for years and have been on a prettystrict diet.Just started drinking wine again about a year ago and it totally screwed me up

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    Ricki Reply:

    Hi Lisa,
    Sorry to hear about the battle–it is really a rather tenacious organism, isn’t it? From what I’ve read, xylitol doesn’t feed the yeast, but I don’t use it, so I’m not the best person to ask about it! I haven’t tried wine again (it’s been 4 years)–I do recall that it caused a reaction when I used to drink it, though.

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