What is the AIP diet?
The autoimmune protocol diet (AIP diet) is a template for healthy eating and living for those with chronic illness, specifically autoimmune related diseases. It's essentially a stricter version of Paleo with the purpose of healing from disease. You can check out my post ‘What is the AIP Diet?’ as it will go into detail about what it truly means.
Is chocolate allowed in AIP?
No. However, carob is used as a substitute. It’s not quite as bitter and slightly sweeter than chocolate. When you see chocolate in AIP recipes, it usually means ‘chocolate.’ And then you’ll see carob listed in the ingredients. This is the carob I use in my recipes. Sometimes recipes will have options for using carob or chocolate like in this Dairy Free Brownie recipe (with nut free, egg free and AIP options).
Is vanilla extract allowed on AIP?
Yes! Just make sure that it is gluten free. Additionally, you can also use vanilla powder. I recommend this vanilla powder as well as this one. Most of my recipes give amounts for both as you can see in my Healthy Banana Fudge recipe.
Is almond flour okay on AIP?
No because all nuts except for coconut are removed during the elimination stage of the autoimmune protocol. If you’re confused about whether coconut is a nut or not, you can check out this post.
Is cassava flour ok on AIP?
Yes. Cassava flour comes from the dried and ground cassava plant. It’s allowed during the elimination stage of the autoimmune protocol.
Is tapioca flour ok on AIP?
Yes. Tapioca is derived from the cassava plant therefore it’s allowed during the elimination stage of the autoimmune protocol. If you would like to know the difference between cassava flour and tapioca flour, see my AIP Gingerbread Cookies post. I talk about the difference between the two and how they are made.
Is coconut flour OK on AIP?
Yes. Coconut is not a nut and is allowed during the elimination stage of the autoimmune protocol. For more information see my 'Is Coconut a Nut?' post.
Can you have baking powder on AIP?
No. Baking powder includes corn. Corn is a grain and not allowed during the elimination stage of the AIP diet. However, baking soda is allowed. I like to use it combined with cream of tartar to create an AIP version of baking powder such as in this AIP Banana Bread recipe.
If you are using a recipe that uses Beth Blends, you don’t need to worry about baking powder, baking soda or cream of tartar as it’s a part of the blend.
What sugar is allowed on AIP?
Refined sugar is not allowed on the AIP diet. However, there are other ways to sweeten your AIP desserts. You can use honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, or other fruit. Keep in mind that it’s important to keep it within moderation. Too much sugar whether it comes from refined sugar or honey or fruit, is just too much.
Here are my other AIP recipe round ups
- AIP Breakfast Ideas
- AIP Thanksgiving Recipes
- AIP Cookie Recipes Roundup
- AIP Winter Recipes
- AIP ‘Chocolate’ Recipes
- Fall Recipes for Autoimmune Protocol
- Summer Recipes for Autoimmune Protocol
- AIP Diet Spring Recipes
- AIP Cake Roundup
- AIP Thanksgiving Recipes
- AIP Thanksgiving Planning Guide for a Stress Free Holiday Meal
- AIP Salad Dressings