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6+ Satisfying AIP & Paleo Desserts

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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.


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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!

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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

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AIP coffee cake via Food by Mars
Nutty, sweet and packed full of cinnamon, this Paleo coffee cake is crazy good. Make this coffee cake for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert!
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Mixed Berry Fruit Crisp (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)

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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)

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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)

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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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Learn more about my favorite AIP-friendly flours to use while baking and cooking in this guide. Including how to use them and my favorite recipes to use for each!

Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free)

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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)

3.96 from 21 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

4.02 from 80 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

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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)

3.96 from 104 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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AIP coffee cake via Food by Mars

6+ Best AIP Desserts: Paleo Coffee Cake (AIP, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

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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 Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Resting Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 6


Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

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!
Diet: American, British
Keywords: AIP cake, coffee cake, gluten free coffee cake, paleo coffee cake, vegan coffee cake
Course: Dessert, Snack
-Alison Marras
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  1. These all look so delicious I’m having a hard time figuring out what to try first — but I think it’ll have to be the eggless waffles – those look amazing!

  2. These are delicious recipes! We just loved the ice cream and hasselback apples. I can’t wait to make the rest of these!

  3. 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!

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