73+ AIP Comfort Food Substitutes To Squash Any Craving

73+ AIP Comfort Food Substitutes To Squash Any Craving

Looking for AIP comfort food substitutes? You're not alone! Diving into a strict diet like AIP can come with a lot of emotions. On the one hand, we're hopeful and excited that AIP may help with our autoimmune symptoms but also sad about giving up our favorite foods. Luckily, there are a lot of really cool and healthy AIP alternatives to many of our most loved foods.

Below is a list of over 73 comforting dishes and food items along with acceptable AIP swaps. I've included both recipes and products. Just use the table of contents below to navigate as needed. I hope you find something here that hits the spot!

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Beef Stew

aip beef stew

Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew, Food Courage

Biscuits and Gravy

Bacon Herb Biscuits, Our Food Fix

Paleo Sausage Gravy, My Heart Beets (omit black pepper and paprika)

Paleo Gravy Sausage Stuffed Squash, Empowered Sustenance

BBQ Sauce

Pineapple Bacon Sauce- AIP comfort food substitutes Pineapple Bacon Dipping Sauce, Food Courage

Nightshade Free BBQ Sauce, Food Courage

Pineapple Bacon Dipping Sauce, Food Courage


AIP Crusty Bread, Create Delicious

Paleo and AIP Sourdough Sandwich Bread, Eat Beautiful

Legit Bagel Mix

Bread Crumbs

Pork Panko Bread Crumbs


Greek Chicken Burgers, Unbound Wellness

Bierocks (German Stuffed Beef Rolls), Food Courage

aip bierocks- AIP comfort food substitutes Bierocks (German Stuffed Beef Rolls), Food Courage

Blueberry BBQ Bison Burgers, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

Guacamole Stuffed Burgers, What Great-Grandma Ate

Bahn Mi Burgers, Thriving on Paleo


Freezer Sausage Breakfast Burritos, Unbound Wellness

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls, Unbound Wellness

Loaded Burrito Bowls, Meatified

Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls, Unbound Wellness

Paleo Carnitas Bowl, Food by Mars

Turn any of the burrito bowls into actual burritos with one of these tortilla recipes:

Soft Tortillas, Food Courage

aip paleo tortillas- AIP comfort food alternatives
Soft Tortillas, Food Courage

Tigernut Flour Tortillas, Eat Beautiful


Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R Cinnawin Spice Cake Mix

Banana Bread Mug Cake, Food Courage

Pumpkin Cherry Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze, Food Courage

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake, Food Courage

German “Chocolate” Cake, Food Courage

aip german chocolate cake- AIP comfort food substitutes
AIP German Chocolate Cake, Food Courage


Apple Dragon Fruit Gummies, Food Courage

AIP Mocha Gummy Candies, Food Courage

Five Ingredient AIP Pina Colada Candies, A Clean Plate

Cinnamon Heart Taffy, Lichen Paleo Loving AIP

Raspberry Peppermint Bark, Unbound Wellness

White Chocolate Strawberry Candy Cups, A Girl Worth Saving


Sweet Apricity Salted Caramel Lily Puffs

Sweet Apricity Salted Caramel Sauce

Simple 4 Ingredient Caramel Sauce, Food Courage

1 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce, Food Courage

AIP Caramel Apple Bread, Food Courage

Chocolate Caramels, It’s All About AIP

aip caramel snack dip recipe 4 Ingredient Caramel Sauce, Food Courage

Cheese and Cheese Sauce

Legit Dairy Free Cheese Sauce Mix

3 Dairy Free Cheese Sauce Recipes, Food by Mars

AIP Mozzerella, Castaway Kitchen

Vegan Cheese Sauce, Grass Fed Salsa

Zucchini Cheese, Low Carb Yum

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Herb Dumplings Hot Dish, Gutsy by Nature

Chicken & Dumplings, Unskilled Cave Woman

AIP Chicken n Gravy, Grazed and Enthused (no dumplings in this one but looks amazing)

Chicken Fried Steak

AIP Chicken Fried Steak, Unskilled Cavewoman (YouTube Video- see description for recipe)

Chicken Nuggets

Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers, Unbound Wellness

AIP Chicken Nuggets, Castaway Kitchen

AIP Chicken Nuggets, Heal Me Delicious

Coconut Chicken Nuggets with Orange Sauce, Food Courage

aip paleo coconut chicken nuggets
Coconut Chicken Nuggets w/ Orange Sauce, Food Courage

Chicken Soup

AIP Thai Chicken Soup, Thriving on Paleo

Hearty Chicken Soup, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

Instant Pot Chicken Soup, What Great Grandma Ate


Nightshade Free AIP Chili, The Roasted Root

AIP Paleo Instant Pot Chili, Unbound Wellness

Cozy Instant Pot AIP Paleo Chili, Food by Mars

Magic “Chili”, Autoimmune Wellness

White Chicken Chili, What Great Grandma Ate


Sweet Potato Awesome Chips

Kale Chips, Healing Autoimmune

Cassava Strips with Sea Salt

Oven Roasted Root Vegetable Chips, Gutsy by Nature

Savory Roasted Coconut Chips with Oregano, A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Plantain Chips

Dill Cucumber Chips, Bon AIPPetit

Kale Chips, Bon AIPPetit

DANG! Coconut Chips

Purple Sweet Potato Chips

Apple Chips


Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R Choconut Fudge Mix

“Chocolate” Bark Candy, Food Courage

aip candy bark "Chocolate" Candy Bark, Food Courage

Dark Cherry Cookie Dough Fudge Cups

Mint Chocolate Crunch Cups, Our Food Fix

Flavored Carob Candies, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

5 Minute Homemade Chocolate, Cook 2 Nourish

Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Cups, Unbound Wellness

Chocolate Caramels, It’s All About AIP


Seafood Chowder, A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Whole30 Clam Chowder, What Great Grandma Ate

Thai Seafood Soup, Castaway Kitchen

Cream Cheese

Coconut Cream Cheese, A Clean Plate


Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting, Eat Beautiful

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes, Otto’s Naturals

Peppermint Patty Cupcakes, Heal Me Delicious

AIP Vanilla Frosting, Bon AIPPetit

Frosting for AIP German "Chocolate" Cupcakes, Food Courage


Glazed Cinnamon Donuts, Food Courage

aip donut- AIP comfort food swap Glazed Cinnamon Donuts, Food Courage

AIP Blueberry Donuts, Heal Me Delicious

AIP Apple Cider Donuts, Create Delicious

Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts, It's All About AIP

Salted Caramel Mochi Donut, Open Cookbook


Vegan Eggnog, Pure and Simple Nourishment

Egg-Free Paleo Eggnog, Little Bites of Beauty

Collagen Boosting Paleo Coquito, Food by Mars

Egg Rolls

Instant Pot Egg Roll on a Bowl, Food Courage

20 Minute Egg Roll Skillet, Food by Mars

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Whole New Mom

Keto Air Fryer Avocado Egg Rolls, Unbound Wellness



Green Enchilada Casserole with Chicken, Food Courage

AIP "Cheesy" Enchiladas, Jen Party of 7

Low Carb Zucchini Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Unbound Wellness

Fish Tacos

AIP Crispy Fish Tacos, Wicked Spatula

Fish Taco Lettuce Wraps with Mango Kiwi Salsa, Heartbeet Kitchen

The Easiest Fish Tacos with Slaw, Unbound Wellness

Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cilantro Yogurt Sauce, My Big Fat Grain Free Life

French Fries

Loaded Jicama Fries, Food Courage

air fryer jicama fries aip paleo- AIP comfort food substitute Loaded Jicama Fries, Food Courage

Curly Fries, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Bon AIPPetit

Green Banana Fries, Heal Me Delicious

Easy Yuca Fries, Gutsy by Nature

Crispy Shoestring Parsnip Fries, Meatified

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Burgers, Thriving on Paleo

Keto Chicken Tenders, Healy Eats Real

Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken, Jen Party of 7

Extra Crispy Chicken Wings, Gusty by Nature


Fettuccini Alfredo

AIP Chicken Alfredo, A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo, Food By Mars

Prosciutto and Basil Linguini Alfredo, It’s All About AIP

Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichoke Hearts, What Great Grandma Ate

aip shrimp alfredo with zucchini noodles Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichoke Hearts, What Great Grandma Ate


Toasted Coconut Pear Granola, Food Courage

Apple Mango Tigernut Granola, Food Courage

Sweet and Salted AIP Granola, Meatified

Apple Cinnamon Granola, Lichen Paleo Loving AIP

Chocolate Tigernut Granola, Thriving on Paleo

Pumpkin Spice Granola, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

AIP Cheerio Lovebird Granola, It’s All About AIP

Hot Cereal/Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Noatmeal, Food Courage

AIPeazy Instant Cinnamon Raisin Hot Cereal

Wild Zora Classic Instant Hot Cereal 

Wild Zora Baked Apple Hot Cereal

Pure Traditions Instant Farina


Hot Chocolate

AIP Peppermint Hot Cocoa, Fed and Fulfilled

Paleo and AIP Premade Hot Cocoa Mix, Thriving on Paleo

AIP Hot ‘Chocolate’, Bon AIPPetit

aip paleo hot chocolate AIP Hot Chocolate, Bon AIPPetit

Ice Cream

Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream, Eat Beautiful

Creamy Coconut Ice Cream, Healing Autoimmune

Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Rally Pure

Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream, Heal Me Delicious

Carob and Cherry Ice Cream, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream, Real Food and Love

Paleo Ice Cream Truffles, Meatified


AIP Paleo Lasagna, Real Plans

Sweet Potato Lasagna, Heal Me Delicious

Paleo One Pot Lasagna Skillet, Unbound Wellness

AIP Paleo Lasagna, Ambra Torelli

Mini Lasagna Blanca, Castaway Kitchen

Macaroni and Cheese

Grain-Free Mac n Cheese, Little Bites of Beauty

Bacon “Cheese” Butternut Rotini, Castaway Kitchen

3 Dairy Free Cheese Sauce Recipes, Food by Mars


Peppermint Marshmallows, Real Food and Love

Sweet Apricity Vanilla Marshmallows



AIP Mayo, Bon AIPPetit

Karen’s AIP Avocado Mayo, Karen (All Recipes)

Garlic AIP Mayo, A Girl Worth Saving

Cilantro Avocado Aioli, Grass Fed Salsa


AIP Meatballs, Food Courage

Anti-Inflammatory Meatballs, Grazed and Enthused

Paleo Greek Meatballs, Food by Mars

AIP and Paleo Asian Meatballs Sheet Pan Dinner, Eat Beautiful

AIP Instant Pot Meatballs, Castaway Kitchen


AIP Meat Loaf, Nurtisclerosis

AIP Meatloaf, Bon AIPPetit

aip paleo meatloaf AIP Meatloaf, Bon AIPPetit

Sweet and Sour Meatloaf, Thriving on Paleo

AIP Paleo Apple and Sage Elk Meatloaf, A Squirrel in the Kitchen

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf, Autoimmune Insomniac

Meatloaf Muffins, Heal Me Delicious


Coconut Milk

Tigernut Milk, Thriving on Paleo

Avocado Milk, Eat Beautiful

Banana Milk, Thriving on Paleo

Nachos/Chips and Queso

Ultimate Loaded Nachos, Meatified

Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos, Grassfed Salsa

Loaded Tropical Plantain Nachos, Fed and Fulfilled

Sweet Potato AIP Nachos, Come Sit at the Table

Legit Dairy Free Cheese Sauce Mix

3 Dairy Free Cheese Sauce Recipes, Food by Mars

Sheet Pan Loaded Parsnip Nachos, Unskilled Cavewoman

Onion Rings

Paleo and Vegan French Fried Onion Rings, What Great Grandma Ate



Legit Pancake Mix

AIPeazy Pancake and Waffle Mix

Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Cream, Food Courage

AIP Cassava Flour Pancakes, Thriving on Paleo

Paleo and AIP Waffles/Pancakes, Eat Beautiful

Oven-Baked Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, Gutsy by Nature



AIP Ground Turkey Stroganoff, Food Courage

ground turkey stroganoff aip paleo- AIP comfort food swap AIP Ground Turkey Stroganoff, Food Courage

Jovial Cassava Pasta: Spaghetti, Fusilli, Penne, Macaroni Elbows, Orzo

Sweet Potato Glass Noodles

Simple Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad Recipe, Food Courage

AIP Paleo Spaghetti, It’s All About AIP

AIP Hand Rolled Pasta, Heal Me Delicious

AIP Canned Tuna Pasta, Food by Mars

Spring Pasta Salad, Unbound Wellness

Paleo and AIP Antipasto AIP Salad, Eat Beautiful

Cheese AIP Fettuccini with Leek, Bacon, and Mushrooms, Healing Autoimmune

Pasta Sauce

Tomatoless Pasta Sauce (No Beets!), Food Courage

KC Natural Carrot Marinara

AIP Spaghetti Sauce, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

Best Ever Nomato Sauce, Grassfed Salsa


Peanut Butter

ROOTS Tigernut Butter

30 Second Tigernut Butter, Thriving on Paleo

AIP Paleo Tigernut Spread, Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP



AIP Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza, Food Courage

AIP Pizza, Bon AIPPetit

AIP Hawaiian Pizza, Castaway Kitchen

Paleo and AIP Sheet Pan Pizza, Eat Beautiful

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Bacon and Cilantro, My Big Fat Grain Free Life

AIP Sourdough Flatbread, Heal Me Delicious

AIP and Paleo Pesto Pizza, Meal Garden

AIP Pizza Bites, Grassfed Salsa


Pizza Dough

Use the dough from this Bierocks recipe- bake the dough for 20 minutes before adding the toppings, then bake another 20-25 minutes from there. 

AIP Pizza Crust, A Girl Worth Saving

Gluten-Free and Grain Free Pizza Crust, Cook 2 Nourish

Paleo Plantain Pizza Crust, Fed and Fulfilled

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust, Restorative Cuisine

AIPeazy Pizza Crust Mix



Yuca Root- Yuca is the root of a cassava plant. It tastes very much like potatoes and it's one of my favorite root vegetables. I use it for my Bierocks and Colcannon recipes. 

Boniato- Boniato is a sweet potato with white skin and purple flesh. Boniatos are not quite as sweet as regular sweet potatoes so they're often used as a replacement for white potatoes. 

Malanga Blanca- Malanga is a root vegetable related to the taro root. It can be used for lots of things like soups, chips, mashed "potatoes," etc. When it's cooked for a long time, it breaks down and acts as a thickener which works nicely in soups. 

AIP Mashed Potatoes, Wendi’s AIP Kitchen

Potato-Free Breakfast Potatoes, Meatified

Whipped Cauliflower AIP Mashed Potatoes, Castaway Kitchen

Rosemary White Sweet Mashed Potatoes, Gutsy by Nature

Mangu (Mashed Green Plantains)- tastes just like mashed potatoes

aip mangu recipe Mangu, Food Courage


Ranch Dressing

AIP Ranch Dressing, Food Courage

Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing, Blissful Basil



2 Ingredient Paleo Ravioli with Sweet Potato, Paleo Gluten Free Eats

Sweet Potato and Spinach Ravioli, Heal Me Delicious

AIP Spinach Stuffed Raviolis, Feeding Yourself Well

Zucchini Ravioli, Unbound Wellness



AIP Cauliflower Fried Rice with Basil, Food Courage

AIP Dirty Rice, Healing Family Eats

AIP Shrimp Fried Rice, Healing Autoimmune



KC Natural Cherry Tomato Salsa

AIP Salsa Verde, Castaway Kitchen

Microwave Salsa, Unskilled Cavewoman

Pineapple Salsa, Thriving on Paleo

Apple Mango Salsa, My Big Fat Grain Free Life

Cucumber Radish Salsa, Rally Pure


Sour Cream

Dairy-Free Coconut Sour Cream, The Wooden Skillet


Soy Sauce

Coconut Aminos

Fish Sauce is fishy but lends a saltier flavor than coconut aminos. Sometimes I mix the two together. 



AIP Tacos, Bon AIPPetit

AIP Taco Bowl, Castaway Kitchen

Avocado Taco Bowls, It's All About AIP

Taco Meat, Wholesome Within

AIP and Paleo Taco Shells, Eat Beautiful

AIP Taco Seasoning, Food Courage

nightshade free taco seasoning
Nightshade-Free Taco Seasoning, Food Courage


Soft Tortillas, Food Courage

NUCO Coconut Wraps

AIP Flatbread Recipe, Thriving on Paleo

Tuna Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole, It’s All About AIP

Tuna Zoodle Casserole, Gutsy by Nature

Gluten-Free Tuna Pasta Salad, Unbound Wellness

10-Minute AIP Canned Tuna Pasta, Food by Mars


AIPeazy Pancake and Waffle Mix

One Bowl AIP Cassava Flour Waffles, Eat Beautiful

Crispy AIP Waffles, Castaway Kitchen

Blueberry Waffles with Berry Cream, Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP

Banana Flour Waffles, Feasting on Fruit

Crispy AIP Waffles, Thriving on Paleo

AIP paleo waffles
Crispy AIP Waffles, Thriving on Paleo


Coconut Milk Yogurt, Thriving on Paleo

Coconut Milk in the Instant Pot, My Big Fat Grain Free Life

Tigernut Milk Yogurt, Eat Beautiful


I hope you found this post useful. Looking for an AIP substitute for a favorite food that's not on this list? Please leave a comment below and let me know what it is! OR if you one to add to the list, please add it below.

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