When it comes to desserts on a healing diet, we need to be cautious. Even natural sugars are inflammatory when we eat too much. But life is also full of celebrations that call for something healthy and sweet. Here are my favorite recipes to meet that craving. For more delicious recipes, see the full AIP Recipe Archive.

Balsamic Strawberry Basil Coconut Ice Cream (Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

Summer is the season I break out my ice cream machine and do some flavor experiments. This recipe was born from my local Farmers Market, where they sell fresh basil for $1/lb alongside ripe, local strawberries. The result is one of the best ice creams I’ve ever tasted!

Raspberry Coconut Panna Cotta

Raspberry Coconut Panna Cotta (Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate love in all its forms: familial love, deep friendship, romantic love, spiritual connection, empathy, love for the stranger, our bond with animals, tough love, love of nature, and most importantly self-love. Why do I say “most importantly” for that last one? Because if we don’t truly love ourselves, it’s very hard to love anyone else, and it’s also hard to heal. This recipe is worthy of celebration, and while it’s the classic Valentine’s Day colors, it’s delicious year-round, so feel free to make it any time you want to give yourself, or someone else you love, a gift.

Apple Cinnamon Gummy Candies

Apple Cinnamon Gummy Candies (Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

Autoimmune Recipe of the Week! It’s a healthy treat for adults and kids alike. Children love them because they have that gummy bounce. Parents love them because they’re made with natural ingredients and only take minutes to make. Plus, they’re delicious, which pleases one and all.

Kombucha Berry Popsicles | Phoenix Helix

Kombucha Berry Popsicles (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls)

Bring a burst of winter to a hot summer day, with a nutritious and delicious homemade popsicle. Kombucha provides healing probiotics and beneficial acids. The berries are packed with antioxidants. Added bonus? They’re easy to make and taste sooooo good. Happy summer, everyone!

Juice Jello | Phoenix Helix

Juice Jello (Paleo, AIP, GAPS)

What other food brings you back to childhood as quickly as Jello? It’s wacky, wild and wiggly! And if you make it yourself, it’s also good for you – a far cry from the store-bought version. Check out the difference: (1) Store-bought Jello Ingredients: Sugar, Gelatin, Adipic Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Fumaric Acid, Tannic Acid, Red 40, Blue 2. (2) Homemade Jello Ingredients: Organic Juice, Grass-fed Gelatin. Click through for the full recipe.

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