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36 AIP Chocolate Recipes That’ll Make You Say Yes, Please!

Louise Hendon | October 11

For us chocoholics, it can be quite daunting to get started on Paleo autoimmune protocol. I can deal with almost anything in life, as long as you don’t take my chocolaty treats away! Right?

Sorry, you have to hear this from me, but even if chocolate makes you feel like it can solve all your problems, it may, in fact, cause many more. And there is no amount of chocolate that can make me feel as good as a healthy diet does.

Let’s forget about the sugary milk and white chocolate for a while. Should you, or why shouldn’t you eat dark chocolate if you’re on an AIP diet?

Is Dark Chocolate AIP-friendly?

Chocolate is high in Omega-6 fats and phytic acid, and it also contains caffeine. This is why it isn’t considered autoimmune-friendly. If you’re still struggling with your decision, you can read more about it here.

If you have decided to omit chocolate, or you’re thinking about it, don’t worry. I’ve got great news for you! It’s still possible to enjoy your favorite chocolaty treats while not wrecking your diet at the same time.

You won’t believe how delicious and familiar these flavors are until you’ve tried the recipes yourself.

Use Carob Powder To Recreate Your Favorite Chocolate Desserts

Carob is a great alternative for regular chocolate. Carob powder is made from roasted carob tree pods and it resembles cocoa powder so much, that you probably wouldn’t be able to tell which one is which just by looking at them.

Carob powder is sweet, which makes it perfect for all kinds of healthy desserts. It has a slightly nutty taste which, in my opinion, makes these recipes even more delicious.

These brownies, cookies, cakes, “chocolate” bars and other yummy, healthy treats will make sure you won’t have to struggle with those cravings anymore!”

Here are just a few of the AIP Chocolate Recipes we’ve included:

36 AIP Chocolate Recipes That'll Make You Say Yes, Please! https://healingautoimmune.com/aip-chocolate-recipes

AIP Brownies

Coconut and Banana AIP “Chocolate” Brownies

– Healing Autoimmune

Coconut and Banana AIP “Chocolate” Brownies

Ingredients: coconut oil, gelatin powder, lukewarm & hot water, coconut flour, carob powder, over-ripe bananas, coconut cream.

Traditional brownie recipes usually use eggs to bind the mixture together, but here you use bananas instead, making this a great AIP brownie for anyone with egg intolerance. The bananas should be over-ripe, so this recipe is a great way to use up leftover bananas that are past their best. Be careful to treat these brownies as an occasional treat because there is still sugar in the fruit.

AIP Raw Brownie Bites

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Raw Brownie Bites

Ingredients: dates, carob powder, coconut oil, unsweetened shredded coconut.

These raw brownie bites have a rich and fudgy texture, thanks to the dates, which are also a great source of slow-release energy. They provide just enough sweetness, without making these little bites too sickly sweet. The carob gives these a lovely flavor of chocolate but without any of the issues associated with regular chocolate. These bites can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator.

AIP PMS Brownies

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP PMS Brownie

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: frozen blueberries, carob powder, coconut butter, coconut or maple sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda, sea salt, gelatin egg.

We girls know that there are certain times when chocolate is the only thing we want, so don’t worry, the answer can lie with these wonderful AIP brownies. With enough chocolate flavor from the carob and the added health benefits from the blueberries, you could find that these can get rid of the craving quite quickly and restore your mood to normal in just a few minutes!

AIP Carob Banana Brownies

– Fed and Fulfilled

AIP Carob Banana Brownies

Photo Credit: Fed and Fulfilled

Ingredients: banana, coconut butter, coconut oil, raw honey, coconut flour, carob powder, arrowroot powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, gelatin egg (1 tablespoon gelatin + 4 tablespoons water).

These brownies are another great way to use up those over-ripe bananas that have been sitting in the bowl for a bit too long! Using bananas also helps to stop these delicious treats from drying out and keeps them fudgy and soft, and adds enough sweetness to satisfy any craving. If you are serving these as dessert you could also top with fresh berries and your favorite AIP ice cream.

AIP Carob Brownies

– He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Ingredients: dates, coconut oil, vanilla, coconut butter, coconut milk, lemon juice, gelatin egg substitute, coconut flour, carob, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar.

If you have some members of the family who are not on the AIP, here is a snack or treat that you can make for everybody to enjoy! These brownies have the really fudgy consistency that we are used to with traditional ones, but without causing any health issues. To make them extra special you could even add in a few drops of peppermint extract for minty freshness!

AIP Coconut Flour Brownies

– Unbound Wellness

Ingredients: coconut flour, tapioca starch, carob powder, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, honey, baking soda, gelatin and 1/4 cup of water for the gelatin egg, berries.

In these AIP brownies it is the pumpkin puree that keeps the fudgy consistency in the middle, so don’t be tempted to miss it out. This recipe only makes four small brownies, so if you have a larger family or are making these for friends, you can double up the ingredients. This mixture can also be cooked in a tray then cut into squares instead if you don’t have molds.

Brownies

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, carob powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, applesauce, coconut oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, gelatin plus water (for gelatin egg).

This is another straightforward AIP recipe for brownies that can be dressed up to make an impressive dessert, or simply enjoyed as a treat with a cup of tea. The recipe can also be adaptable if you have certain health issues, for example, the honey can be swapped for a mashed banana and cassava flour can be used instead of coconut flour if you have problems with coconut.

Pumpkin Brownies

– Delicious Obsessions

Ingredients: pumpkin puree, coconut cream concentrate or coconut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, gelatin eggs, pure vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, sea salt, carob powder, baking soda.

Here is another AIP- friendly recipe that uses pumpkin puree to give the rich fudginess to the brownie. You will find that these have quite a dense texture, meaning that just one will be enough to fill you up and satisfy the need for a snack. Remember to soften the coconut butter before mixing or you might end up with white lumps in the brownies which are not very appetizing to look at!

Fudgy Collagen Brownies

– Rally Pure

Ingredients: plantain flour, carob powder, collagen peptides, salt, baking soda, bananas, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract.

These great AIP brownies have the added benefit of collagen and they are rich and fudgy in the middle just like regular brownies. The recipe uses carob, which does not have the intense flavor of regular chocolate, but gives enough of a chocolate hit to make it taste realistic. This recipe is grain free and compliant with Paleo and AIP.

AIP Cookies

AIP “Chocolate” Cookies

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP “Chocolate” Cookies

Ingredients: coconut flour, cassava flour, carob powder, coconut oil, gelatin, hot water, honey.

As we know, chocolate is not allowed on the autoimmune protocol, and for days when you just need a chocolate hit, this can be a problem. So that’s where these cookies come in handy. They are completely AIP compliant, but use carob instead of regular chocolate and flours that also fit with this eating plan, so you can treat yourself from time to time with a cookie that can satisfy the need for chocolate.

Chocolate Tiger nut Cookies

– It;s All About AIP

Chocolate Tiger nut Cookies

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: tigernut flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, salt, baking soda, carob powder, alcohol free vanilla extract, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, Carob Chips, tiger nuts.

If you are eating the AIP way for health reasons, you might find you are missing sweet treats like cookies. So here is a really good recipe that can let you enjoy cookies with the flavor of chocolate but without the issues it can bring. If you don’t enjoy ‘bits’ in your cookies, feel free to omit the chopped tigernuts and just enjoy the cookie as it is.

AIP “Chocolate” Mint Thumbprint Cookies

– Fed and Fulfilled

AIP Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Photo Credit: Fed and Fulfilled

Ingredients: palm shortening, coconut sugar, raw honey, carob powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, gelatin “egg”, apple cider vinegar, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, coconut butter, peppermint oil.

Let’s face it – as kids we all got to ‘help’ with baking, even if it was only to lick out the bowl! So here is the perfect AIP sweet treat recipe that you can use to get your kids or grandkids involved. Rich, chocolatey cookies with a thumbprint dip in the top, filled with a sweet peppermint frosting – the perfect Christmas treat to make for friends and neighbours!

Paleo Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

– Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients: tigernut flour, tapioca starch, coconut oil, coconut sugar, homemade carob chips, peppermint extract, baking soda, gelatin egg, coconut butter, matcha powder.

Mint and chocolate have been perfect partners for many years, and just because you are following the AIP, you don’t have to miss out on this classic combination. These mint chocolate bars are great to chomp along with your favorite cuppa, or to have ready for the holidays. And if you choose to use the vivid green matcha icing, these would be perfect for St Patrick’s Day too!

NYC Black and White Cookies

– The Curious Coconut

NYC Black and White Cookies

Photo Credit: The Curious Coconut

Ingredients: Otto’s Cassava Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, maple sugar, palm shortening, coconut milk, vanilla extract, fresh lemon juice, white honey, carob powder.

It doesn’t really matter whether you have ever tried a New York black and white cookie or not – I can really recommend this delicious recipe! The cookies have a cake-like consistency and the cookies look so pretty once you have applied the frosting. This recipe is Paleo with AIP options clearly listed, and if you use maple syrup it is also suitable for vegan diets.

Cherry Carob Cookies

– Autoimmune Wellness

Cherry Carob Cookies

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: cassava flour, carob powder, gelatin, baking soda, sea salt, palm shortening, maple syrup, coconut sugar, pure vanilla extract, dried cherries.

If you have had problems with AIP recipes for cookies that bear absolutely no resemblance to regular ones, then this is the recipe to try! These cookies actually taste and feel like regular ones and have the delicious combination of chocolate and cherry to make them unctuous and decadent. The sugar content is a bit higher than some, so these should be enjoyed as an occasional treat, not a daily dose!

AIP Carob Cookies

– Nourished Wellness

Ingredients: tigernut flour, arrowroot powder, coconut flour, baking soda, carob powder, coconut sugar, palm shortening, coconut oil, gelatin, cool & boiling water.

Here is a great recipe if you prefer your AIP cookies a bit softer and chewier than regular ones. These cookies are egg, nut, and dairy free and fit really well with the AIP diet. They are sweet and have just a hint of chocolate flavor from the carob. You might find it easier when placing the dough onto the sheet if you use a scoop, or two dessert spoons to form quenelles.

Homemade AIP Paleo Carob Chocolate Wafer Cookies

– Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Ingredients: tigernut flour, arrowroot powder, carob powder, dry gelatin powder, baking soda, sea salt, virgin coconut oil, pure maple syrup, pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free).

No matter what diet you follow, if you have to watch your weight or have a problem with portion control you can tend towards overeating when faced with sweet treats like these cookies. So, the tip is to make them small, and that way you learn that one is enough! These little cookies are family friendly and contain no nuts, so would be safe to put in lunchboxes for school.

“Chocolate” Chunk Cookies

– Further Food

Ingredients: tapioca flour, coconut flour, gelatin, coconut sugar, sea salt, baking soda, palm shortening, maple syrup, vanilla, homemade carob chips.

In days gone by it was virtually impossible to find recipes for cookies that were AIP-friendly. But now we have a range of recipes to suit just about any health issue, so no need for you to miss out just because you eat the AIP way. I took some of these to work last week and no-one noticed they were AIP. This recipe even shows you how to make your own ‘choc’ chips to use in other baking recipes!

AIP Cakes

Paleo Baby Birthday Cake

– Grazed & Enthused

Paleo Baby Birthday Cake

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: sweet potato, coconut flour, beef tallow, baking soda, ground cinnamon, gelatin egg, lemon juice, avocado, coconut milk or cream, carob powder, coconut oil.

When you have a first birthday in the family, it seems unfair not to make a gooey, messy cake that baby can enjoy squishing! Who doesn’t have that photo! But with this recipe you don’t have to worry about the ingredients – this is dairy, gluten and sugar free but satisfyingly squishable! This cake is baby-friendly but suitable for the bigger kids in the family too!

Chocolate Cake

– It’s All About AIP

Chocolate Cake

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: tigernut flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, carob powder, coconut palm sugar, salt, baking soda, coconut milk, applesauce, coconut oil, apple cider cinegar, alcohol free vanilla extract, water, gelatin, palm shortening, honey or maple syrup.

Here is a great recipe for a chocolate cake that is rich and indulgent but totally safe for AIP and Paleo. It is so rich, in fact, that a small slice is enough for you to feel like you have had a treat. This would be the ideal recipe to use for a celebration cake for birthdays or even for Valentine’s to treat your loved one. This cake can be stored in the fridge, or if you want to bake ahead of time, it can be frozen for a few months.

Carob and Plum Cake

– Healing Family Eats

Carob and Plum Cake

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: fresh prune plums, pumpkin purée, coconut oil, blackstrap molasses, honey, Maldon salt, tigernut flour, carob powder, baking soda, gelatin eggs (grass-fed gelatin, lemon juice, boiled water).

The texture and flavor of this cake are so luxuriously rich because of the molasses, yet fruity and moist because of the plums! It would make a fantastic AIP dessert served warm on a chilly night, or cool it completely to allow it to firm and serve it sliced like a cake. If plums are not your thing you can use other fruits, but it is best to use ones with more juice, but be guided by what your system can cope with.

Instant Pot “Chocolate” Cake

– AIP Sisterhood

Ingredients: green plantain, banana, avocado, coconut oil, carob powder, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, cream of tartar, water.

If you have an Instant Pot and enjoy the easy and quick cooking method, perhaps you would like to try baking in it too! The chocolate cake mix is divided into ramekins, so each cake is an individual portion – this can help with portion control if you tend to eat too much when it comes to cakes. This recipe is designed as a dessert and tastes great served warm with berries or some coconut cream.

AIP “Chocolate” Mug Cake

– Don’t Eat The Spatula

Ingredients: cassava flour, coconut flour, carob powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, sea salt, maple syrup, coconut milk, avocado oil.

I love mug cakes! They are so quick and easy to make, they come in so handy if you have unexpected guests, but best of all they can be a speedy way to satisfy a cake or sweetness craving. The cake is spongy and light but full of chocolate flavor, so if you, like me, are so in love with chocolate, these could be your go-to cakes for a quick fix!

Grain- Free Orange “Chocolate” Cake

– Strictly Delicious

Ingredients: plantain, coconut oil, carob, coconut sugar, sea salt, orange zest, baking powder, scrapings of 1 vanilla bean, cinnamon.

The chocolate cake in this recipe has a similar crumb texture to a traditional cake. It can be decorated in whatever way suits your particular preference or eating plan, but the zesty tang of the orange works really well with the chocolate and would be a very impressive dessert to serve at the end of a dinner party. Enjoy this AIP-friendly, grain-free recipe next time you feel the need for cake!

AIP Banana Mug Cake

– Primal Palate

Ingredients: banana, coconut oil, coconut milk, pure vanilla extract, coconut flour, ground cinnamon, baking soda.

I was delighted to discover mug cakes as they regulate the serving size and stop me from over-eating! This one has the flavor of banana bread but with the added warming cinnamon – a great idea to serve to guests who drop in for coffee. Because these cakes are so easy and quick to make and only take three minutes to cook, they would also be perfect for a speedy AIP breakfast.

Carob Snacking Cake

– Just Paleo Food

Ingredients: cassava flour, arrowroot starch/flour, carob powder, baking soda, sea salt, ground cinnamon, banana, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, gelatin egg – (1 tbsp gelatin + 3 tbsp water).

If you are someone who is used to eating cake, you can find it a challenge when you have to follow an eating plan, especially for health reasons. That is where recipes like this one come in handy! This chocolate cake is designed for snacking, but if you decorate it with fresh berries and top with a coconut cream frosting, it would make a lovely AIP-compliant birthday cake.

AIP Chocolate Cake with Banana-Avocado Frosting

– A Clean Plate

Ingredients: plantains, bananas, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, maple syrup, carob powder, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, baking soda, ground cinnamon, cream of tartar, ground mace, avocados, honey.

Because of the plantains and pumpkin puree used here you end up with a moist and rich cake that would be easy to dress up for a celebration. The frosting is smooth and sweet and full of healthy fats from the avocado, and if you find you have some left over after frosting the cake, store it in the refrigerator and serve it up as an AIP pudding!

Other AIP Chocolate Recipes

Paleo Autoimmune Mint Chip Ice Cream

– We Can All Scream for Ice Cream by The Real Food Guide and Predominately Paleo

Paleo Autoimmune Mint Chip Ice Cream

Photo Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving

Ingredients: coconut oil, carob powder, full fat coconut milk, real peppermint extract, fresh mint leaves, maple syrup, fresh baby spinach.

There is no reason for you to miss out on ice cream just because you eat dairy free on the autoimmune protocol – using coconut milk can give you a really authentic ice cream texture and taste for you to enjoy for dessert or as a sweet and refreshing snack on a summer’s day. This recipe can even be made without an ice cream maker – just keep stirring from time to time to break up lumps!

Tigernut Butter Cups

– Meatified

Tigernut Butter Cups

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: tigernut flour, palm shortening, avocado oil, sea salt, carob powder, coconut oil.

Although these are designed to be an AIP replacement for peanut butter cups, they don’t have exactly the same texture or flavor, but they are a wonderful substitute for the unhealthy cups we are used to! These can be served frozen or slightly defrosted, and the recipe gives you a long list of optional toppings to try. My favorite is the freeze-dried raspberries, but have fun choosing your favorite!

Carob Ganache Mini Tortes

– The Paleo Mom

Carob Ganache Mini Tortes

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: full-fat coconut milk, extra-virgin coconut oil, vanilla extract, carob powder, ground cinnamon.

When I saw these little tortes, my first thought was to make these for my partner for Valentine’s dinner! They are smooth and creamy and taste delicious served with raspberries or strawberries. You could even find heart-shaped molds to make this wonderful dessert even more romantic! These lovely tortes are also handy if you have a problem with portion control as they are already in individual servings.

Salted Mango Popsicles

– Meatified

Salted Mango Popsicles

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: diced mango, full fat coconut milk, cold water, lime juice, ground turmeric, sea salt, liquid coconut oil, carob powder, maple syrup.

Homemade popsicles can be a really good way to get the family eating healthier snacks, and if you have the molds, they are so easy to make. This is also a good way to enjoy snacks that suit with your eating plan, as the ingredients can be adapted to suit any diet. If you choose to use the carob topping on these ones, they are best enjoyed right away, and can be a lovely treat for kids and adults alike.

“Chocolate” Strawberry Tarts

– Autoimmune Wellness

"Chocolate" Strawberry Tarts

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: strawberries, coconut cream, honey, pitted dates, unsweetened shredded coconut, carob powder.

This is a really versatile recipe as you can change the fruit for any one you prefer, but to keep things AIP, try using raspberries or cherries instead. The dates give you a lovely sweet casing for these treats, then the filling is smooth and creamy and very satisfying. I like to top these with half a berry to make them look even prettier. These are ideal for dessert when you are entertaining!

Paleo Raspberry Carob Truffles

– Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Raspberry Carob Truffles

Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients: coconut oil, honey, sea salt, coconut butter, frozen raspberries, tapioca starch, carob powder, coconut flour.

When you are following AIP for health reasons it can be a bit of a challenge to come up with impressive sweet treats, especially if you are entertaining. So why not try these delicious raspberry truffles? They have a crisp, chocolatey shell with a smooth raspberry filling and although they take a little time to make, they are so worth the effort! They can even be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer.

AIP Herbal Coffee Alternative

– The Health Nut Mama

AIP Herbal Coffee Alternative

Photo Credit: The Health Nut Mama

Ingredients: dandelion root , chicory root, carob powder, coconut sugar, coconut milk, water.

This herbal coffee alternative can be adapted to suit your regular coffee taste as it can be served flat or with some milk or coconut oil and frothed like a latte to keep things AIP-friendly. You have a lot of health benefits from the chicory, dandelion and oil as they can help to regulate the system and detoxify your liver, but you still have a coffee-like flavor without the caffeine.

Homemade Carob “Chocolate” Bars – Basic Recipe

– Healing Family Eats

Homemade Carob “Chocolate” Bars - Basic Recipe

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: coconut oil, coconut butter, carob powder.

This is an amazing recipe that lets you make carob bars you can give to friends or family, or just to enjoy yourself. There are a range of flavors listed and it’s up to you which ones you use, but imagine how you would feel if someone made chocolates for you that were safe for your way of eating, especially if you are following AIP when sugar is a forbidden item.

Carob Coconut Bars:

– AIP Sisterhood

Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, coconut oil, honey, water, carob powder, full-fat coconut milk, sea salt, unsweetened shredded coconut.

Chocolate flavors and coconut go hand in hand, especially when it comes to sweets and desserts, so these pretty bars could be a lovely treat for your next holiday meal. This is a shortbread base with a chocolate topping that stores really well in the refrigerator, and although the recipe is gluten and dairy free, it will be enjoyed by even your non-Paleo friends!

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