50 Low-Sugar & Sugar-Free AIP Treats!

Nothing divides the Paleo/AIP/Healthy Eating communities more than treats! I personally believe in moderation with everything (except vegetables – you can never have enough of those). The idea of a week without treats sounds frankly boring to me. But I also have lost my taste for anything overly-sweet, which is why you’ll find the majority of my recipes on G & E are either sweetener-free or have 1/4 cup of honey or less for the whole recipe. 

 

I wanted to create another round-up of recipes after the success of my last one (50 Budget-Friendly AIP Recipes) with the same criteria I hold for my own daily delicacies. Below you will find 50 AIP-compliant low-sugar and sugar-free treats to keep this lifestyle sustainable, delicious, and fun! I guess I’ll  be a responsible adult (boo), and remind you that if you ever feel a physical dependence on treats or find yourself overeating them or craving sugar excessively, it may be time to cut them off for a bit. I find I don’t have this problem as long as I keep them low in sugar though. I think we’re all smart enough to know that 95% of our diets should be of the gut-healing variety, so load up on your bone broth, veggies, seafood, and grassfed meat before diving into a jar of coconut butter!

 

Candies

Fleur de Sel Caramel Cups by Grazed and Enthused

Apple Pie Coconut Butter Treats by Grazed and Enthused

Blueberry Pie Energy Bites by Grazed and Enthused

Fit Fat Bombs by Grazed and Enthused

No-Bake Banana Cream Carob Pies by Grazed and Enthused

Carob Bars by Sweet Roots

Peppermint Fudge by Grazed and Enthused

Lemon Vanilla Coconut Butter Bites by The Rising Spoon

 

 

Orange “Chocolate” Candies by Grazed and Enthused

Mint “Chocolate” Truffles by Grazed and Enthused

Raspberry Peppermint Bark by Autoimmune Paleo

Maple Coconut Bars by Delicious Obsessions

Coconut & Carob Truffles by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

 

Cookies & Cake

Frosted Carrot Cupcakes by Grazed and Enthused

Birthday Cupcakes by Grazed and Enthused

Shortbread Cookies by The Paleo Partridge

Molasses Cookies by The Paleo Partridge

 

 

Cookie Butter Crumble by Empowered Sustenance

Chewy Banana Spice Cookies by Empowered Sustenance

Coconut Macaroons by Sweet Treats

Crispy Cinnamon Thin Cookies by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Gingersnap Cookies by Mickey Trescott

Carob Ganache Mini Torte by The Paleo Mom

Carob Brownies by Enjoying this Journey

Tigernut Lavendar Scones by Whole Life Full Soul

 My Frosted Carrot Cupcakes contain no added

sweetener and can double as muffins!

 

Gummies

Lemon-Raspberry Gummies by Mickey Trescott

Cherry-Ginger Gummies by Angie Alt

Apple Pie Gummies by The Paleo Partridge

Green Tea Lemon & Ginger Gummies by Meatified

Blueberries & Cream Gummies by Living Loving Paleo

 

 

“Chocolate” and Peppermint Gummies by Vibrant Life Army Wife

Strawberry Watermelon Gummies by Paleo Primal Platform 

Fluffy Strawberry Lemonade Gummies by Slightly Lost Girl

Turkish Delight Gummies by The Paleo Partidge

Fruit Terrine with Berries by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Sweet n’ Sour Hibiscus Gummies by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

 

 

Creamy Treats

Rosemary Pear Sorbet by Empowered Sustenance

Mango Sorbet with Mint by Meatified

Roasted Strawberry-Rhubarb Sorbet by Fresh Tart

Gingerbread Ice Cream by A Girl Worth Saving

3-ingredient Vanilla by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

 

 

Mint-Chip Ice Cream by Real Food Guide

Carob Avocado Mousse by Sweet Treats

Panna Cotta by Sweet Treats

Pumpkin Panna Cotta Tart by Sweet Treats

Thyme-Scented Strawberry Fool by Healing Family Eats

Salted Caramelized Plantains with Coconut Cream by Meatified

Healing Family Eat’s Thyme Scented Strawberry Fool 

Avocado Carob Fudge Bars – my favorite AIP dessert!! (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)


I’m obsessed with these. They fill a lot of craving voids on AIP… convenience snack, nighttime treat, on-the-go breakfast (there are worse things), and kid/husband-friendly. They taste exceptionally good the next day. The avocado comes through slightly but is balanced with the sweetness of the dates and coconut and more complex flavor of the carob. I don’t think I need to sell you on AIP-compliant fudge bars so I’ll change the subject.

 

My husband was out of town all week. I missed his companionship, but I stayed very busy with fieldwork, the dog, blog, and catching up on my reading. It reminded me that I’m not really good at staying on schedule when I live by myself for whatever reason. I ate maybe 2-3 actual meals, snacked all day on too many treats (like these bars. omg they are so good.), skipped the gym multiple times, and stayed up late reading about spinal cord injuries. Other than that last part, I sound like an irresponsible teenager who goes all free willy when her parents leave her home alone. God only knows what the heck he does when I go out of town. Frightening thoughts.

 

The honeymoon countdown has begun… 1 week until we will be in Arizona! I am being forced to not plan a thing, or be a freak and look up every hike, trail, horseback ride, restaurant, bar, tea shop, Whole Foods, and farmer’s market in the near vicinity. I have been instructed to “just go with it”. WHAT IS THAT? I’m gonna roll with the unstructured vacation though since it is our honeymoon after all, but I’m still packing snacks damn it. Did you see my post on AIP-Friendly Travel Snack & Meal Ideas? It got a ton of great response, even more than some of my recipes (let’s be honest: the vegetable ones). I’m wondering if people want more useful AIP lifestyle information? Leave me your thoughts if you feel so inclined!

 

Avocado Carob Fudge Bars 

Makes 5 bars or 20 squares | Prep Time 10 minutes | Freeze Time 55 minutes

Carob Date Crust

10 Medjool dates, pitted

2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp cinnamon

2 T carob powder

½ tsp vanilla bean powder (For AIP: use pure vanilla powder)

Pinch sea salt

2 T melted coconut oil

  1. Blend dates, coconut, cinnamon, carob, and sea salt in a food processor or blender until crumbly. Add coconut oil to blender and incorporate until wet.
  2. Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on at least 1 of the sides. Press date mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the loaf pan. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until hardened.
  3. While the crust is in the fridge, make the Avocado Fudge

Avocado Fudge

¼ cup coconut butter, melted

¼ cup + 2 T palm shortening

¼ cup well-mashed ripe avocado

1 T honey

½ tsp vanilla bean powder (For AIP: use pure vanilla powder)

Pinch sea salt

  1. Melt the coconut butter and palm shortening in a glass dish in the microwave. Stir avocado, honey, vanilla and sea salt until smooth.
  2. Pour over the hardened crust and spoon evenly over the entire surface. Freeze for 25 minutes.

Carob Layer

¼ cup coconut butter

¼ cup palm shortening

2 T carob powder

½ tsp honey

  1. Melt coconut butter and palm shortening in a microwaveable glass dish, about 30 seconds. Stir in the carob powder and honey until smooth. Pour evenly over the Avocado Fudge Layer. Let freeze for 10 minutes to harden. Slice bars or cut into squares and serve. Store in refrigerator.