6+ Satisfying AIP & Paleo Desserts

What’s Inside: Are you on the AIP diet and craving something sweet? These are my go-to AIP and Paleo dessert recipes. You’ll find some classics, as well as a few delicious new, healthy dessert ideas too!

paleo hasselback apples

My 6 Favorite AIP Dessert Recipes (Paleo, Egg-free, Nut-free)

Baking on the AIP diet can be a stretch sometimes, am I right? Without eggs, nut flours, and even baking powder, it can present a challenge. But where there’s a will (or a craving), there’s definitely a way!

I’m sharing six of my favorite AIP Paleo desserts and snacks that are all super delicious! And, when in doubt, seasonal fruit with a little coconut cream and cinnamon never fails.

What Is the AIP Diet?

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) can be a greatly beneficial healing diet for those with Autoimmune Disease or even severe digestive problems. I myself was on AIP for a few months and found great success with it in helping my Hashimoto’s symptoms.

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While following this eating regimen, my antibodies reduced greatly, my energy returned, and much of my inflammation was reduced. It’s imperative that you do re-introduce foods gradually, and there are some studies suggesting this should be done sooner rather than later. You don’t want to reduce your gut microbiota diversity by relying on too many of the same foods over and over again. Some can find that they’ll get sensitive to what they lean on too much.

So, what is AIP (in a nutshell)? Basically the Paleo diet with further restrictions. There is a removal and re-introduction period of at least 30-days of common allergens: eggs, nightshades, nuts, seeds, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, legumes, and certain spices.

Are desserts allowed on AIP?

I happen to believe life without dessert is no life for me! When on a healing protocol like AIP, moderation and quality are especially important. So yes, desserts with compliant ingredients and sweeteners are okay on AIP in balance. And, I happen to think having go-to desserts or snacks will make you even more successful because your happiness is important to your healing. I hope these recipes leave a smile on your face 🙂

paleo gluten-free snickerdoodle cookies

Which Sweeteners are Compliant with the AIP Diet?

In moderation, natural sweeteners are allowed on AIP. As always, you should listen to your body and see how you feel! I tend to bake with fruit (like bananas that are so naturally sweet on their own), maple syrup, raw honey, dates, and coconut sugar, but any from this list are compliant for AIP desserts:

  • Dates or date sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Monkfruit
  • Stevia

Cooking with any of these sweeteners or fruit is what makes baking on AIP not only possible but fun!

My Favorite AIP Dessert Recipes

You’ll find that any of these AIP Paleo desserts will nip your pesky sugar craving in the bud without going overboard and sending your blood sugar into a tail-spin. And as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, this is always a key focus when I support clients with digestion and energy! Plus, everyone in the house will love them too (even picky eaters), and they won’t know it’s AIP. Enjoy!

Paleo Coffee Cake (AIP, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)
4.42 from 34 votes
AIP coffee cake via Food by Mars
This Paleo Coffee Cake is eggless and nut-free, making it AIP and Vegan. Serve with your favorite cuppa for a delicious and healthy treat!
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Mixed Berry Fruit Crisp (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)
3.62 from 13 votes
Fruit Crisp (Paleo, AIP, Vegan) via Food by Mars
I’ve got your new SUMMER DESSERT to eat all season long. With a simple template, you can make your own and this fabulous recipe – you’re all set to be the host(ess) with the most(ess). 
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AIP Breakfast Waffle Recipe (Eggless, Vegan, Paleo)
4 from 23 votes
AIP Paleo Waffles (egg-free, nut-free, vegan)
A lower-carb waffle that’s allergen-friendly. These delicious waffles are crispy, fluffy and so flavorful! (AIP, Paleo, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Vegan)
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AIP Vanilla Ice Cream (Paleo, Dairy-free, Egg-free)
2.85 from 66 votes
AIP Vanilla Ice Cream (dairy-free, paleo, egg-free) via Food by Mars
4-ingredients to allergen-friendly, dairy-free vanilla ice cream you can enjoy in a snap! This recipe is AIP-friendly, made with coconut milk, vanilla (extract or powder), a bit of raw honey and gelatin for texture.
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Serve a scoop of my homemade AIP vanilla ice cream on top of my favorite waffles with some coconut flakes and berry sauce!

Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free)
4.64 from 11 votes
Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free) via Food by Mars
Keep these high protein and fat snacks with you while traveling so you always have a back-up! They’re easy, delicious and will keep you energized – a favorite for travel!
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Coconut Passion Fruit Panna Cotta (AIP, Paleo & Low FODMAP Friendly)
5 from 2 votes
aip passion fruit panna cotta
5 ingredients and just a few minutes of prep. This easy dessert is healthy and delicious and makes for an impressive presentation. (Dairy-free, Paleo, AIP & Low FODMAP Friendly)
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Paleo Banana Cream Pie Parfaits
4.04 from 25 votes
Paleo Banana Cream Pie Parfaits (AIP, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free) via Food by Mars
These dairy-free banana cream pie parfaits are easy and allergen-friendly! Naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and raw honey, it makes a perfect healthy treat you’ll love.
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Easy Paleo Hasselback Apples
5 from 15 votes
paleo hasselback apples
You can enjoy the best flavors of Fall all in one healthy dessert with these Paleo hasselback apples. They're delicious and easy to make!
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Soft & Chewy Gluten-free Snickerdoodle Cookies (AIP, Paleo)
5 from 7 votes
paleo gluten-free snickerdoodle cookies
Naturally sweetened with dates and dusted in spicy cinnamon, these simple gluten-free snickerdoodle cookies are light and tasty! They're also AIP-friendly and Paleo, so everyone can enjoy! Cozy up with these sofft and chewy cookies on a chilly afternoon with a cup of tea and warm socks.
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Craving Chocolate? Try these chocolatey recipes with AIP substitutions using CAROB!

5 from 2 votes
AIP coffee cake via Food by Mars
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6+ Best AIP Desserts: Paleo Coffee Cake (AIP, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

Are you on the AIP diet and craving something sweet? Here are 6+ AIP Paleo Desserts everyone will love, including this egg- and nut-free Paleo Coffee Cake!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: AIP cake, coffee cake, gluten free coffee cake, paleo coffee cake, vegan coffee cake
Servings: 6


Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract vanilla powder for AIP or omit
  • 2 Tbsp coconut milk*

Crumb topping:


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and grease a square baking dish or a large loaf pan. (I used a 6×8.) Set aside.
  • Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and give it a whisk to get out any clumps.
  • Separately, to another bowl, mix coconut oil, applesauce, vinegar, and vanilla.
  • Add wet mixture into the dry and mix well into a dough. Pour milk in as you are mixing.
  • Spread the batter into your prepared cake tin evenly with a spatula. Set aside.
  • Make the topping: In a small bowl by hand (this way you don’t over-do it), whisk together all ingredients into a crumbly mixture with a fork or small whisk to get bigger crumbles.
  • Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top of the cake batter with your hands, leaving the crumbs intact as you can.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, allow to cool and then serve! Optionally sprinkle your cake with sifted cassava flour (very lightly!!) for the look of powdered sugar.
  • Store in a closed container for a few days on the countertop or refrigerate if you want it to last longer (though it won’t be as moist).


  • If you want to use a liquid sweetener in the cake instead of coconut sugar, simply add the same amount to the wet ingredients and omit the 2 Tbsp of milk.
  • I haven’t tried a different topping, this one is my tried-and-true, but if you don’t have coconut flour, you can probably feel good about just replacing it with more tigernut flour!
Read the full article for links to my other favorite AIP dessert recipes!
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Recipe Rating

  • JenDecember 10, 2020 - 2:07 pm

    These all look amazing but the vanilla ice cream and waffles is especially calling my name! Can’t wait to dig in.ReplyCancel

  • SueDecember 10, 2020 - 2:30 pm

    Great collection! I need to try those collagen balls – they look like the perfect quick snack!ReplyCancel

  • BethDecember 10, 2020 - 2:41 pm

    This looks so delicious and so tasty! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! So exctied!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn DonangeloDecember 10, 2020 - 3:22 pm

    All of these recipes look so delicious and I can’t wait to try the coffee cake! Thanks for putting this list together I will keep this for the future!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica FormicolaDecember 10, 2020 - 3:35 pm

    I can’t decide which of these I want to try first! They all look delicious! I think I’ll go for the coffee cake!ReplyCancel

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