The 7 Most Delectable Elimination Diet Desserts
“Aww man, I’ve started a healthier way of eating and now that probably means I can’t have any elimination diet desserts.”
LIES! LIES! LIES!
Vegan? Paleo? Mediterranean? Egg free? Dairy free? Gluten free? Peanut free? Not a problem.
Here at FWDfuel, we believe when there is a will, there is a way. We also believe that if dessert is your thing, so be it. You just have to learn to navigate the system of sweets.
Luckily, we’ve already done that for you.
In fact, we spent weeks creating lower sugar, more nutrient dense versions of your favorite dessert classics. Honestly, is there really any point to living if you can’t eat great tasting and incredibly satisfying food?!
No matter the elimination diet that you’ve begun to follow, whether you’ve removed dairy, gluten, nuts, sugar, eggs, or all of the above, we have 7 amazing recipes to tickle your tastebuds.
And hey, even if you don’t believe in removing certain foods to improve chronic symptoms, why not try these desserts simply for the fact that they won’t leave you feeling bloated and tired?
Elimination diet desserts? Come at us!
The Best Elimination Diet Desserts
1. Creamy Coconut Ice Cream
This dessert recipe is so easy and basic that it does not even deserve a formal recipe template! We have a lot of readers who love cold, creamy treats. We hear you! Please know this was created just for you.
For our soft serve lovers:
Step 1: Blend 1/2 can of full-fat canned coconut milk and 1 cup of your favorite frozen fruit in a blender until creamy. (Pictured above is frozen strawberry. Banana, raspberry, and blueberry are our next top flavor picks). If you have the time, take a spoon to the can of coconut milk and mix the oil and cream until you see an even texture. This typically makes for more appetizing ice cream.
Step 2: Scoop out and serve immediately with a spoon.
Step 3: Option to add cinnamon, or shredded coconut flakes for a little flavor and texture boost. (For those who are keeping honey or maple in their diet, add 1 teaspoon to the coconut milk + fruit blend.)
By the way, this recipe works wonders when you have fruit in the fridge that is about to go bad. Just wash it, freeze it and blend accordingly.
For those who love a nice, hard but chewy textured ice cream to sink their teeth into:
Step 1: Blend 1/2 can of full fat canned coconut milk and 1 cup of your favorite frozen fruit in a blender until creamy.
Step 2: Pour mixture into a rectangular shaped container, a few inches deep.
Step 3: Freeze for an hour or two and scoop longways with an ice cream scoop.
As the biggest foodie on the team, I take my elimination diet desserts very seriously. For the die-hard ice cream lovers, I recommend scooping out the cream portion of the canned coconut milk and freezing it for a few hours. I then take the frozen coconut milk, 1-2 frozen bananas, 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract, and a handful of raw cacao nibs and run it through a Yonanas machine for a clean version of mint chocolate chip ice cream! (By the way, this is a huge winner for all those in search of AIP desserts. AIP stands for Autoimmune Protocol diet.)
2. Chocolate Dipped Banana Bread Bites
Anytime we can create a sweet treat that also supports gut, skin, bone, muscle, and ligament health, we are in!!
Check out these delicious and easy to make banana bread bites. Perfect for a pre-workout snack or more of a health-conscious dessert after dinner. These also work well if you are on the go and need a quick source of protein post-workout. While the amino acid profile in collagen peptides is not as advantageous as grass-fed whey or some of the other plant-based proteins for recovery, it is certainly better than no protein at all!!
Chocolate Dipped Banana Bread Bites
- 1/4 cup mashed, overripe banana
- 1/2 cup collagen peptides
- 1/4 cup almond butter or maple sunflower seed butter
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Optional add ins: handful of chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Optional coating: cacao powder, shredded coconut, crushed nuts, hemp seeds, intstant oats
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor.
Once ingredients are blended evenly and a dough like texture has formed. Fold in chocolate chips or caco nibs if you choose. Scoop with spoon and roll into balls. Optional: Roll in cacao powder or topping of choice for a more elegant appearance and enhanced flavor profile.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
For anyone wondering, our favorite collagen peptides is made by Vital Proteins and the best maple sunflower seed butter is made by 88 Acres. Vanilla spice sunflower seed butter is super tasty in this recipe as well.
By the way, if you are on the hunt for AIP desserts, swap the nut or seed butter for toasted coconut butter. Literally, all you do is throw toasted coconut chips into a food processor and blend until thick and creamy like a nut butter.
3. Decadent Dark Chocolate Blondies
Does this dessert need much more description?
These beauties are vegan and free of the top 8 allergens. Not sure what more you could ask for if you’re in search of a delicious crowd-pleaser. The base of this classic elimination diet dessert is actually chickpeas but shhh, no one has to know.
If you have a dessert lover in the house who is generally constipated, all I can say is, you’re welcome.
Decadent Dark Chocolate Blondies
- 1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained) (This is about 1.5 cups)
- 10 Medjool Dates (Be sure to take out the pits!!!)
- 3 TBSP coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
Set oven to 350F and grease an 8×8 pan.
Whip out that food processor and combine chickpeas, dates, vanilla, salt, and coconut oil. Blend until a smooth batter forms.
Add chocolate to food processor and pulse if you prefer smaller pieces more scattered throughout the batter. Otherwise, fold in chocolate chunks by hand.
Pour batter evenly into baking dish. Optional to sprinkle a few pinches of sea salt on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are a darker brown. Be sure to insert a toothpick in the center to ensure it comes out clean.
Due to the ingredients used, the finished product may look a tad undercooked. That is normal! Let sit on a cooling rack for 25-30 mine before serving and enjoying!
4. Maple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Apples
This delicious dessert is perfect for just about every human on the planet, no matter what food sensitivities you might have or what diet you might be following. These baked stuffed apples are free of the top 8 allergens and the ingredients be adjusted to fit just about any special dietary need.
Maple Cinnamon Pecan Baked Apples
- 4 medium apples Choose your favorite!
- 1/3 cup nut or seed butter of your choice Sunflower seed butter is great for nut allergies and fits on most eimination plans. Pecan butter, though expensive or cinnamon almond butter makes for a decadent treat!
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 10 TBSP oats
- 2 TBSP crushed pecans OR Almonds or really whatever nuts you can find in your home to crush!
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl, mix the nut/seed butter, maple, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Core each apple (A knife will work just fine) and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Fill the bottom of each apple with the oats. Try to spread evenly. The oats will serve as a plug for the filling.
Take a heaping spoonful of filling and pour into the center of each apple. Sprinkle crushed pecans on top.
Cover with foil and bake for 40-45 minutes then broil for 1-2 minutes for a crispy apple top.
Pro tip: This lovely AIP dessert pairs well with the creamy coconut ice cream, especially when banana and cinnamon are the flavors chosen. See elimination diet dessert #1.
Wondering what the decadent looking white flakes are on top? Pieces of cocoa butter!
The biggest bonus of this elimination diet dessert in particular is the fact that it barely counts as a dessert. In other words, you can use this to satisfy your sweet tooth without “falling off the wagon”.
5. Chewy Chip Cookies
What human couldn’t benefit from a deliciously clean and basic cookie recipe?!
Whether you’re into chocolate chips, toasted coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs, dried fruit, chia, flaxseed or all of the above, this cookie recipe is a winner across the board. Substitutions for key ingredients are also included. Just choose your “chip” and get on with yo’ bad self!
Chewy Chip Cookies
- 2 1/4 cup almond flour
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar Option to replace with 1/2 cup pure maple or honey
- 1 egg Chia egg or flax egg also works great for those who do not eat eggs.
- 1/2 cup slightly melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup crunch of your choice Toasted coconut flakes, cacao nibs or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are great options!
Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 350.
In medium sized bowl, blend egg, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth.
Add in flour and continue to stir until dough is formed. Fold in chips of your preference.
Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Let cool for 5 min and enjoy!
(No judgment if you decide to take the creamy coconut ice cream from #1 and make a mini sandwich!!!)
By the way, the chewy chip cookie dough freezes well and can be a game-changer to have on hand when you want something quick for an event. I often make a big batch of dough once every 2 months and throw it in the freezer for celebratory emergencies. Just be sure to let it defrost for 30 minutes or so as the coconut oil hardens when cold.
Unexpected invite to a 3 year old birthday party, or neighbors college graduation or Martha’s retirement celebration? #done!
6. Clean Coffee Cake
Alright, so if we are being honest here, this recipe takes the most effort. However, it is delicious and totally worth it! We could all use a little coffee cake from time to time.
Clean Coffee Cake
- 1 cup tigernut flour
- 1/3 cup cassava flour
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- pinch of salt
- 3 TBSP melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (omit for AIP)
- 2 TBSP coconut milk (or any milk you have on hand)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 TBSP cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple or honey
Preheat oven to 325F and grease a square baking dish or large loaf pan. A 6×8 baking dish works well. Set aside.
Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and use a fork to remove any clumps.
In a separate bowl, mix coconut oil, applesauce, vinegar, and vanilla. Add wet mixture into the dry and mix, pouring in milk as you are mixing until a dough has formed.
Spread the batter into your prepared cake tin evenly with a spatula. Set aside.
In a small bowl by hand, 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 a spoon, leaving the crumbs as intact as possible.
Bake for 25 minutes, allow to cool and then serve!
While this is in fact an AIP dessert, it would not be in the easy AIP desserts category so please keep scrolling if you prefer recipes with 5 ingredients or less.
7. Chocolate Orange Truffles
These rich little treats work wonders when you are in a hurry and need a quick bite of energy that won’t make you feel sluggish. The major bonus? They are so easy to make and just about any human can tolerate these truffles. Even those following the strictest of elimination diets can typically consume these without an issue. For those searching for easy AIP desserts, this one takes the cake. If you’re not sure where to start, be sure to sign up for our Elimination Diet Video Series for secret tips and tricks to starting your elimination diet.
Wait, one more bonus! These little guys can be frozen for up to 3 months, making them another perfect option for when you need to bring a last-minute dessert to an event or family gathering.
Chocolate Orange Truffles
- 10 soft, pitted dates
- 1 orange (We want 2 TBSP of orange juice and zest of the whole orange)
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 3 TBSP raw cacao powder Pro TIP: Carob powder also tastes great if you are looking for an AIP dessert.
- 2 TBSP of "dust" This could be more cacao or carob powder, hemp seeds, shredded coconut flakes etc.
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, scraping the sides with a spatula when needed.
Use a 1/2 TBSP to scoop out mixture and use your hands to roll into a ball.
Roll balls in dusting of your choice until completely covered.
Store in fridge for up to a week or freezer for 3 months.
Pro Tip: Choose a few different dustings for the truffles. This makes for a better presentation and more importantly, makes you appear as though you are the ultimate dessert ninja.
Looking for more recipe ideas? Let us know! We create these concoctions based on the needs and wants of our audience. And if you enjoyed this list and would like to learn a little more, check out our recipe for clean birthday cake and our article on the best sweet swaps (healthy alternative to your favorite sweets) as well as our elimination diet breakfast recipes!