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25 AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Louise | December 16

Being a follower of AIP probably means you have a diet-related health issue, so I am delighted to bring you this list of AIP Christmas Recipes so you won’t have to miss out during the festivities!

Christmas has become a time of indulgence and, thanks to these recipes, there is nothing to prevent you enjoying your food like everyone else, but making sure you keep yourself healthy at the same time.

Some of the recipes listed are not strictly AIP-friendly, so we’ve clearly explained what to avoid to make it fit with your way of eating.

Here are just a few of the AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly we’ve included:

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Meat Dishes

Keto Cottage Pie

– Keto Summit

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: cauliflower, coconut oil, avocado oil, onion, ground beef, carrots, Italian seasoning, fresh parsley.

Cottage pie was a staple when we were growing up and I still love it today, so I was delighted to find this recipe for a healthier way to cook a childhood favorite. Topped with the creamy cauliflower mash, this dish is filling and delicious and could be made to go a bit further by adding in more vegetables. As well as the carrot you could add parsnips too.

Steak Medallions with Ginger Asparagus Mushroom Sauté

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: beef medallions, asparagus shoots, button mushrooms, onion, parsley, fresh ginger, coconut oil, salt.

It is always a good idea to season steak first before you cook it, then the action of cooking helps infuse the steak with the flavors. There is a freshness to the sauté from the asparagus and parsley which complements the beef really well. This is a simple recipe that lets you emphasize the flavor of the beef.

Spinach Basil Chicken Meatballs Recipe With Plum Balsamic Sauce

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: chicken breasts, spinach, salt, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, plums, balsamic vinegar, raw honey, water.

In my opinion, basil is one of the most aromatic herbs you can use and it adds freshness to a multitude of recipes. These tasty meatballs would grace any table at dinner time and don’t take very long to prepare. They can also be helpful if your kids don’t eat vegetables, as you can hide the spinach in the mixture. These are just as good warm or cold and make great party food too!

Garlic Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: chicken breast, bacon, garlic powder.

These delicious little chicken bites look great and would make the perfect party food, especially with your favorite dip or salsa. They are easy to prepare and you will be amazed how many you can make from just one chicken breast! These also go down really well for kid’s parties or as a tasty treat on a summer picnic. You could even jazz it up even more by adding some ginger powder to the chicken coating.

Baked Salmon with Cabbage, Apple, Fennel

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: salmon fillets, olive oil, cabbage, fennel, apples, chicken broth (or water), coconut oil, bacon (optional), salt.

Because salmon is quite an oily fish, pairing it with a fresh taste like apple makes a lovely combination of flavors, and the fennel goes well with fish and adds a special twist to the meal. You also have a variety of textures from the soft fish to the crunchy bacon pieces on top. This would be a wonderfully impressive meal to serve at a celebration dinner.

Paleo Chili Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: whole chicken, olive oil, navel orange, garlic powder, salt.

Using citrus with a poultry dish like this helps to make sure the meat stays tender and juicy, while adding a lovely fresh note to the flavor. The rub used here gives your chicken an extra crispy skin and although it looks quite complicated, you will be surprised how easy it is to prepare!

Baked Fresh Ham

– The Paleo Mom

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: fresh ham, dried rubbed sage, garlic, tarragon, dried thyme, salt, maple syrup.

Just imagine serving this wonderful ham at Christmas and impressing all your guests! Ham is a great meat to serve when you are entertaining, as it absorbs the flavors of the spices from the crust and is quite easy to carve. This ham is delicious warm or cold, and leftovers can be served with a nice salad for a hearty lunch. It is also handy as a meaty option for a buffet supper.

Instant Pot Cider Braised Country Ribs with Herbed Whipped Sweet Potatoes & Apple Onion Gravy

– Meatified

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: boneless pork country ribs, avocado oil, unsweetened apple juice or apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apples, yellow onion, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, sea salt, white sweet potatoes, reserved rendered fat from the pork, coconut milk.

Pork and apples has long been a favorite combination and this recipe is no exception! This dish would be perfect served on a chilly day when you really want comfort food, yet it is fancy enough to be served for a dinner party. One of the best things about this recipe is that the gravy makes itself as the pork is cooking, so this dish would be great for Christmas when you have a million other things to do!

Vegetable Dishes

AIP Cauliflower Dip

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt.

Dips are often served at parties or celebrations, but if you are following the autoimmune protocol they might be a thing to avoid. So why not make your own dip, then you don’t have to miss out! The cauliflower blitzes into the perfect paste for dipping and the roasted garlic has a sweeter flavor than raw garlic, so don’t skip that step! Serve this with whatever veggie sticks you like.

Roasted Beets with Herbes de Provence

– A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, red beets, golden beets, yellow onions, herbes de Provence, sea salt, scallions.

There is something so appealing about a big dish of roasted vegetables with their brown caramelized edges, and these ones have the added benefit of the Herbes de Provence, giving the dish a wonderful aroma and lots of flavor. This dish is made even more special if you use different colored beets to add a rainbow to your dinner table.

Maple Glazed Delicata Squash

– One Beet Wellness

Ingredients: delicata squashes, olive oil, pure maple syrup, salt.

This dish would be perfect served as a side dish with roast meats or fish when you are entertaining, or cooled and served on top of a fresh salad. The maple syrup adds a lovely sweetness to the squash and makes it really aromatic. If you can’t find delicata squash then you could use butternut instead, but either way, it is a good idea to leave the skin on as it is a good source of fiber.

Oven Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Orange Glaze

– A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Ingredients: coconut oil, rainbow carrots, orange, lemon, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, chives.

Remember the days when all carrots were the same color? How boring! Now we have access to a rainbow of color when it comes to vegetables, making them even more appealing, and the citrus and maple really bring out the flavor of the carrots. The look of this dish reminds me of Christmas, so this would be a great side to serve for any holiday or celebration meal.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots and Rosemary

– Gutsy By Nature

Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, cooking fat such as lard, bacon grease, or coconut oil, fresh rosemary, shallots.

Like many people, as a child I hated the very sight of Brussels sprouts, probably because they were over-cooked and smelled awful. But now that we have discovered roasting them, I am a real convert! They are sweeter and tastier and when paired with an herb like rosemary, make a super side for a roast dinner. You will also find the smaller they are, the less bitter they are.

Paleo Stuffing Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: sweet potato or yam, ground turkey, onion, celery, sage, rosemary, thyme, liver, cranberries, apple, parsley, chicken or turkey stock, coconut oil, salt.

Making your own stuffing can be a really good way to impress the whole family at Christmas, while still being in control of the ingredients, and with the herbs and cranberries in this stuffing, it would make the perfect dish for the festive period. You can use this to stuff a turkey or chicken, or cook it in a dish in the oven and serve it on its own for dinner.

Eggnog & Desserts

Egg-less Nog

– Autoimmune Wellness

Egg-less Nog

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: pumpkin purée, coconut milk, alcohol-free vanilla extract, cinnamon powder, maple syrup, sea salt, gelatin, mace.

Eggnog may have its origins in Britain, but it has certainly been adopted by the USA and Canada, where it is served at Christmas. Normally it is loaded with cream and eggs, so it is good to have an AIP-friendly version that is really easy to make. With the warming taste of the cinnamon, this drink would be very popular on a cold day, and if you don’t have any mace you can sprinkle cinnamon on the top for an extra hit!

AIP Toasted Coconut “Egg”-Nog

– Grazed and Enthused

AIP Toasted Coconut "Egg"-Nog

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut, coconut sugar, water, white sweet potatoes, honey or maple syrup, ground mace, ground cinnamon, sea salt.

If you can eat coconut, then here is the holiday treat for you! It is a warming drink that you can enjoy at Christmas and it will leave you feeling very festive. We recommend you keep an eye on the toasting coconut as it can burn quite easily. This drink can be served warm and enjoyed right away, or stored in the fridge and served chilled.

Holiday ‘Egg’Nog

– Flash Fiction Kitchen

Ingredients: coconut milk, cooked pumpkin, butternut, or kabocha squash,
vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, mace, sea salt.

This must be one of the simplest recipes that give you a satisfying drink for the holiday season, as all you need to do is blend the ingredients! The eggnog is rich and creamy and goes down very well whether you add alcohol or not. Don’t worry if you don’t have mace, as you can just sprinkle some extra cinnamon over the top. Serve in pretty glasses for a special drink on Christmas Day!

Coconut Banana Balls

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: banana, unsweetened shredded coconut, raw honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract (omit or use alcohol-free), salt, carob powder.

The banana in these balls adds a natural sweetness and gives them a lovely texture. These delicious little treats would be wonderful served for a celebration, or packed in a nice box and used as a gift for a friend. To make them even more like Christmas, you could sprinkle them with more coconut and make them look like snowballs!

Roasted Figs and Cherries Dessert

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: figs, cherries, peach, honey.

If you have never tried roasted cherries, now is your chance! Roasting them gives them a totally new flavor, and paired with the figs and raw peach, this would be a fantastic dessert for a holiday celebration. With a truly amazing combination of flavor and texture, this dessert gives you all the sweetness you need to finish off a lovely meal.

Persimmon Dessert Cups Stuffed with Butternut Squash

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: fuyu persimmons, butternut squash puree, cinnamon, cloves.

These pretty little persimmon cups are quite quick and easy to make, but are so impressive that they would be great to serve at a dinner party. The persimmon fruit is sweet, hence the reason why you don’t need any additional sweetener, and when stuffed with the squash puree and spices, you have a light and delicious dessert which would be perfect after a big meal.

Paleo Honey Ghee Apples Dessert

– Paleo Flourish

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Ingredients: apple, coconut oil, lime juice (optional), honey.

This recipe is easy to adapt for AIP by using coconut oil instead of the ghee, so you won’t have to miss out on the amazing flavor of the apple and zesty lime. The freshness of this dessert again would be the perfect one to serve after a heavier main course as it is light and easy to digest. It is best to use an eating apple for this recipe – a variety such as Gala or Pink Lady would work well.

Sea Salt Carob Fudge

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: avocado, white sweet potato, honey, coconut butter, coconut oil, carob powder, alcohol-free vanilla extract, Pink Himalayan sea salt.

I absolutely love the combination of sweet and salty that is becoming ever more popular these days, and when you involve them in a fudge it tastes amazing! Just think how pleased your guests would be when presented with a plate of delicious fudge bites in the holidays! This can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days, but don’t add the sea salt onto the top till you are ready to serve, otherwise the fudge will sweat.

AIP Coconut Cream Pie (The Starch-Free Version)

– He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Ingredients: coconut flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla, honey, Gelatin Egg Substitute, unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut butter, Gelatin.

With a sweet and crumbly base, this lovely creamy pie will definitely become a family favorite, and no one will ever know it is a healthy dessert! The toasted coconut adds a lovely quality to the flavor, so don’t be tempted to miss out this step. Just be careful to keep your eye on it, as coconut can burn quite easily. The pastry works better the less you work it, so don’t be tempted to knead.

AIP Pumpkin Pie

– The Paleo Mom

AIP Christmas Recipes That Will Make You Jolly

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: tapioca flour, sweet potato flour, salt, palm shortening, pumpkin puree, vanilla, coconut cream, vanilla, gelatin, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, mace, cloves.

Pumpkin pie is obviously associated with Thanksgiving, but there is no reason why you have to wait till then to enjoy this smooth and delicious dessert! This could be made the night before for ease of timing, and because you are cooking the base first, you can be sure of a crisper, drier base that does not go soggy. The pie looks amazing as it is, but I prefer to sprinkle over some extra cinnamon before serving.

Classic Apple Pie

– Autoimmune Wellness

Classic Apple Pie

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: tart apples, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, lemon, arrowroot starch, coconut flour, coconut oil, water.

Sometimes it can be challenging trying to find alternatives on AIP, but this apple pie has been tried and tested on non-AIP followers and they really enjoyed it! It has a flaky and buttery-tasting pastry base and a thick layer of apples piled on the top, just the way Grandma used to make it! It also has a professional look since the apple slices are arranged, rather than having mushy apple filling. Top with a dusting of cinnamon for extra yum!

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