The Autoimmune Protocol Diet (AIP diet) has proven to be healing for those dealing with serious inflammation and gut irritation. The hardest part: finding delicious, AIP friendly snacks that can keep you on the right track towards relief. Here is our curated list of AIP snack ideas we tested and loved.
When you're craving snacks...
Having autoimmune disease can really shift your perspective on snacking. It was easy for me to feel negatively towards all snacking food because of the way that conventional snacks used to make me feel, which was terrible. However, you can enjoy homemade treats on AIP while still promoting gut healing. Plus, snacks are good for the soul.
It wouldn’t be right to give you snack ideas and not include something wrapped in bacon. These Bacon Wrapped Peaches are perfectly sweet and savory, and only last about five minutes in my house. If it is warm enough outside, I like to throw these on the grill for a little extra smokiness. They make the best brunch appetizer for everyone; even kids love them!
This Sweet Potato Chip Recipe recipe is incredibly simple and delicious. There are only three ingredients! Just make sure that you use extra-virgin olive oil (preferably organic) to make a more savory chip or use coconut butter to give them a little extra sweetness.
If you have made sweet potato chips a million times (me) and are looking to be a little bit more adventurous, find out if your grocery store has plantains. Once you make these addicting Baked Plantain Chips, you will be hooked. I like to toss them with diced garlic or turmeric before I bake them to add slightly more spice and nutritional value.
Where there’s chips, there should be dip! Louise at Healing Autoimmune created this Cauliflower Dip that I made for our most recent office party and it was a huge crowd pleaser. Cauliflower is such a versatile ingredient that can be blended into a wonderful, creamy consistency that seems too good to be AIP.
When you have a sweet tooth...
Anytime you are following a restrictive diet, you run the risk of feeling deprived. Ultimately, this can lead to a late-night binge. The best thing you can do to combat that: be prepared. That "I'm superwoman and I am stronger than any craving" mentality will not exist in every moment. You're human. These are sweet snack ideas that mimic that creamy, deeply satisfying dessert taste while being dairy free and compliant.
Ok, so I know what you’re going to say: these are supposed to be easy recipes and now I have to go buy popsicle molds? Of course not. Unless you are trying to create pinterest worthy pictures, just throw the mixture into a normal ice cube tray, cover it with plastic wrap, and poke some toothpicks through to act as your popsicle stick. They are tart and sweet without any of the added sugar.
You guys! I’ve been looking for a good AIP pie crust recipe for so long. It seemed like my days of enjoying a good flaky crust were over, until now! The Perfect AIP Pie Crust Recipe was developed by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. at The Paleo Mom. She uses Otto’s Cassava Flour, which is my AIP gluten-free, grain-free go-to product for baking.
I wouldn’t blame you for eating this pie crust on its own, but if you are looking for a tart, low sugar filling, this strawberry rhubarb filling is just right. The coconut oil really adds a depth of flavor that keeps you going back for more (and more).
When you don’t have time to cook…
In the elimination phase of AIP, it can feel like all you’re doing is cooking. While it is important to be able to cook yourself healthy AIP recipes, it is equally important that the diet doesn’t take over your life and make you miserable. Therefore, I’ve added some AIP snacks that you can buy and LIVE YOUR LIFE!
Wild Zora has created a whole line of interesting and compliant snacks and meals for the AIP community. Their Apple Pork and Mediterranean Lamb meat and veggie bars are both AIP and they are really good to take on the go. These bars are sort of like jerky, but they have a full serving of fruits and veggies in them, so they are more tender and complex in flavor.
Rhythm Superfoods makes a bunch of vegetable-based snacks that are simple and so tasty. Their Organic Carrot Sticks are crunchy, salty and aren’t oily like many of the other dried veggie snack companies. While they are my favorite, I have to give an honorable mention to their pickled beet chips, which are unlike any other AIP chip I have tried.
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