Being on the AIP diet (autoimmune protocol) is tough! In particular, you have to give up so many delicious comfort foods and desserts – like ice cream!
Eggs and dairy are two non-AIP ingredients that you’ll commonly find in ice cream recipes. So what can you do?
Luckily, there are AIP ice creams you can eat. We’ve scoured the web and found a bunch of divine AIP ice cream recipes you can make at home. And don’t forget that these are also all dairy-free and Paleo ice cream recipes and many are even vegan-friendly. So enjoy them for a healthy treat no matter which diet you’re on.
We’ve also added in some autoimmune-friendly popsicle and bonbon recipes for you to try too. You can enjoy these delicious cold treats without worrying that it’ll break your diet or make your autoimmune symptoms flare up. (Of course, if you know you’re sensitive to an ingredient, you should still avoid it even if it’s AIP-compliant.)
You can get this entire list of AIP ice cream recipes emailed to you as a PDF by clicking the green button below or use the table of contents to jump around this post.
How can AIP ice creams be creamy without dairy or eggs?
That’s what I thought when I first came across ice cream on the autoimmune protocol. But autoimmune-friendly ingredients like coconut cream, bananas, plantains, sweet potatoes, and even mangos can provide a ton of creaminess in these AIP ice creams.
How do you make AIP ice cream?
In general, most of these AIP recipes will turn out better if you use an ice cream maker. It’ll also save your arm a lot of stirring, but you can make many of these recipes just in a bowl – put it into your freezer and remember to stir the ice cream often so that it doesn’t just freeze as one big ice block.
For many of the frozen fruit recipes, they are magical and can often be made in just a few minutes in your blender and ready to eat.
So give these recipes a try – they’ll keep you cool in the summer heat and put a smile on your face.
Table Of Contents For AIP Ice Cream Recipes
- Coconut-based AIP Ice Cream Recipes
- Fruit-based AIP Ice Cream Recipes
- AIP Popsicle Recipes
- AIP Ice Cream Recipes with Unusual Flavors
Coconut-based AIP Ice Cream Recipes
This AIP ice cream recipe is creamy and delicious, especially if you add in the sea salt to set off the sweetness of the honey. Just note that vanilla beans are a gray area so it’s best to avoid them at the beginning.
Making your own AIP ice cream without an ice cream machine is easy with this recipe. And you can rest easy knowing that the ingredients are all autoimmune-friendly.
– My Heart Beets
Ingredients: coconut oil, carob powder, full fat coconut milk, real peppermint extract, fresh mint leaves, pure organic maple syrup, fresh baby spinach.
Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets
What could be nicer on a hot day than a bowl of mint ice cream? It’s guaranteed to cool you down, and with the peppermint extract it has a wonderfully fresh taste. You can even recreate the green ‘color’ by adding the spinach leaves, meaning there are no artificial additives here. The chips made from carob are a great substitute for chocolate.
Many non-dairy ice creams you buy in the store are still not AIP-friendly. They usually contain xanthan or guar gum which can cause gut irritation for some people, so this recipe is a great solution. The sweet potato and honey provide the sweetness and you get a real vanilla kick using the extract.
This has got to be one of the quickest and easiest AIP ice cream recipes ever. Just a couple of ingredients and you are away. The maple syrup taste is fantastic, but if you feel like experimenting you could add a different ingredient like banana – be brave and try different tastes. This autoimmune-compliant and Paleo ice cream recipe makes a great go-to for hot days or if you just fancy it.
Fruit-based AIP Ice Cream Recipes
This recipe provides you with a vegan AIP dessert recipe which can be handy if you have vegan dinner guests, but you will find that everyone will enjoy this ice cream. Bananas are a great source of nutrients so using them in a dish like this can help encourage even picky kids to eat the fruit. If your family does not enjoy coconut too much, then this recipe can be adapted very easily.
I suggest making this strawberry ice cream recipe in an ice cream machine for the best results. But if you don’t have a machine, then you can still enjoy this dessert. Just ensure you stir it often.
This plantain ice cream is delicious on its own, or you can use it as a base and add other ingredients. The plantains are sweet enough that you don’t need any other sweetener, so you can experiment with other ingredients if you want to. You could add pureed fruit, carob powder if you like the ‘chocolate’ flavor or simply top it with a sprinkle of shredded coconut.
There is something about the flavors of coconut and pineapple together that conjures up dreams of tropical places! This ice cream is both sweet and tangy, thanks to the pineapple, and this makes it a firm favorite with the whole family. Try to use fresh pineapple but if you have to use canned, make sure it is in natural juice and not additionally sweetened.
There is something wonderful about a fresh blueberry bursting in your mouth, giving you that rush of flavor and sweetness! Well now you can have that feeling in an ice cream. Even though it is dairy-free, it still has a smooth and creamy texture and the blueberry flavor is really refreshing. The gelatin is optional, but gelatin can improve your health in so many ways that it is worth thinking about.
– Delicious Obsession
Ingredients: strawberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut milk.
One of the best things about homemade ice cream making is that berries and other fruits like pineapple can be stored in the freezer, so when the urge for ice cream comes on you know you have the ingredients handy. The lemon in this recipe gives such a fresh taste and brings out the sweetness of the strawberries making this ice cream a must for healthy snacks on hot days (or cold!).
– This is so Good Home
Ingredients: blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice, ginger, honey.
Sorbet is traditionally served in top class restaurants as a palate cleanser between courses, but it also makes a fabulous dessert or a treat for a sunny day. This AIP sorbet recipe has the subtle warmth from the ginger along with the zesty zing of the lemon which is such a refreshing combination. If you want to make the sorbet even smoother then you can rub the mix through a fine sieve.
AIP Popsicle Recipes
This is a really creamy AIP popsicle recipe. It combines 3 ingredients that all add a ton of creaminess without any dairy involved.
Coconut water has been shown to be super healthy as it restores the electrolytes in your body, so why would you not want to use it for this recipe? You can use any frozen fruits you like so it is very versatile. Layers of colored berries would look so good in these ice pops, or you could use just one fruit for a more concentrated flavor.
A favorite for kids, strawberry ice cream is a family favorite. If you are using freeze-dried strawberries you will find them so easy to use and because they are frozen so quickly they retain all their flavor and goodness. This ice cream is sweet, creamy and very moreish! You will find using silicone ice trays makes these treats even easier to make as they release the frozen cubes much better than conventional trays.
If you have fresh or frozen blueberries to hand, then this is a great recipe to try out. That tad bit of salt and lemon juice make these AIP popsicles extra refreshing.
These popsicles are so easy to make and give the rich flavor you would expect from a vanilla ice cream. The coconut milk gives these treats their creamy texture and if you choose to add the shredded coconut as well you get even more texture in every bite! Popsicle molds are available in many stores or you can buy them easily online. They even have different size ones for youngsters.
These ice pops look and taste so good that they definitely won’t last long. Try to use the ripest mango you can find – the yellow varieties tend to be the sweetest. It is a good idea to taste the mix before adding any extra sweetener as the mango may provide enough sweetness without it. These are a perfect idea for kids too as they will enjoy the creamy texture.
Add a zing to your summer with these ice pops. Kiwi and honeydew melon provide the sweetness while the lime juice and ginger provide the zing. Try it for something very different.
Plantains are the source of sweetness in this dessert, as the riper they are the sweeter they are. Shaping these little truffles into bite-size treats means you can store them in the freezer and use them when you are entertaining, for kids parties or for a creamy treat with a cup of coffee.
AIP Ice Cream Recipes with Unusual Flavors
– Pure and Simple Nourishment
Ingredients: full fat coconut milk, lavender flowers, vanilla extract, sea salt, ripe bananas, coconut butter, grassfed gelatin, cherries.
Ice cream can look even more appetizing if it has actual pieces of fruit through it just like this one. It’s like a bonus when you find a fruity chunk! Lavender gives this ice cream a subtle yet sophisticated flavor. It has become more popular over the past few years as an addition to cakes, drinks and sweets, and makes this cherry ice cream that bit more special.
– Nummy for my Tummy
Ingredients: coconut milk, matcha powder, vanilla protein powder, avocado, extra virgin olive oil.
Nowadays we are becoming more aware of the advantages of green teas, and matcha is one of the best. It contains almost three times as many antioxidants as others. This ice cream is not as sweet as some, but it is full of flavor and the avocado adds to the smooth texture. This is so refreshing in hot weather!