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!
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 🙂
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
- Maple Syrup
- Blackstrap Molasses
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!
Serve a scoop of my homemade AIP vanilla ice cream on top of my favorite waffles with some coconut flakes and berry sauce!
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- Toasted Coconut Butter
- 10-minute Pantry Miracle: AIP Canned Tuna Pasta (Paleo, Low-carb)
- Paleo Cabbage Rolls – Dim Sum Style (AIP-friendly, Whole30)
Craving Chocolate? Try these chocolatey recipes with AIP substitutions using CAROB!
6+ Best AIP Desserts: Paleo Coffee Cake (AIP, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)
- 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!