8 Daniel Fast Desserts

Almond and Strawberry Tahini Ice Cream
Photo: Angela Sackett Superhotmama

Dessert and the Daniel Fast don't exactly go hand in hand. The entire idea behind this biblically-based fast is that you would set aside indulgences and focus on plant-based meals for 21 days as an act of worship and sacrifice. It's essentially a vegan diet that prohibits added sugars, refined carbs, caffeine, and alcohol (here you'll find a complete list of Daniel Fast-approved foods). All that being said, keeping cravings at bay can be difficult when you completely cut yourself off from any sort of sweet treat. These eight Daniel Fast desserts (we're using a loose definition of "dessert") feature healthy ingredients like fresh fruit and nuts to keep your sweet tooth satisfied.

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Healthy Banana Cookies

healthy banana cookies

While you may not be able to indulge in chocolate-chip cookies on the Daniel Fast, these healthy cookies will curb your cravings in the meantime. Ripe bananas, oats, and dates make up the bulk of these chewy cookies. Reviewer SHASTASHEEN says, "This is a great recipe, the cookies were moist, chewy, and very sweet despite being sugar-free."

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Almond and Strawberry Tahini Ice Cream

Almond and Strawberry Tahini Ice Cream
Angela Sackett Superhotmama

Yep, you can have ice cream on the Daniel Fast. This homemade ice cream is dairy-free and free of added sugars.

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Air Fryer Roasted Pineapple

Air fryer pineapple rings

While this might not be a dessert per say, the air fryer brings a nice crisp to otherwise plain fruit. "Roasted pineapple is a delicious addition to so many dishes," says recipe creator Yoly.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Nut Bread

Banana nut bread on platter next to banana

Indulge yourself in a loaf of spiced banana bread without any of the guilt. This vegan recipe is free of any added sugar. Reviewer Aishakb raves, "This will become a regular of mine for family or holidays!"

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Nutty Yogi Banana Muffins

Brown muffins on wire cooling rack
Rebekah Rose Hills

"Healthier than flour and sugar recipes, these muffins are naturally sweet, filling, egg-free, and protein-rich. Kid-tested and approved," says recipe creator Fran Purdhomme.

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All-Fruit Smoothies

Fruit Smoothie with fruit skewer garnish

When you're on a restrictive diet like the Daniel Fast, smoothies absolutely count as a dessert. Unlike other smoothies that often call for dairy or sweeteners, this recipe is made entirely with fruit and 100-percent fruit juice.

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Coconut Date Bars

Coconut Date Bars

Swap high-sugar candy bars for this healthy snack bar made with slivered almonds, flaked coconut, dates, and cashews. Plus they'll give you an energy boost. Take it from recipe creator Lacy Wilson who says, "As an outdoor professional I take these in the back country and they need not be refrigerated and give great energy."

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Daniel Fast Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter oatmeal balls on cookie sheet with aluminum foil
Sonja James

This recipe contains brown rice syrup, which some argue isn't Daniel Fast-approved because it constitutes as a sweetener. But if you're okay with brown rice syrup on the Daniel Fast, these peanut butter balls are the perfect way to curb your cravings. Reviewer Lisa Harwood-Stamper Burns made the recipe without brown rice syrup: "...I made this recipe without the brown rice syrup, but with vanilla extract and a little almond extract."

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