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AIP-Compliant Lemon-Coconut Power Balls

by Kate Daugherty, MS, Functional Nutritionist

The AIP diet is tough. While extremely therapeutic for autoimmune conditions and more, it involves a challenging period of restriction. Nuts, seeds, grains, and eggs are among the many foods "off-limits." This presents a challenge at snack time since many packaged bars, cookies, and trail mixes are seed or nut based. While these can be healthy and nourishing for those who tolerate them, the elimination phase of the AIP diet is important for discovering true food intolerances and healing the gut.

These lemon-coconut power balls rely on healthy medium chain triglycerides from coconut butter and unsweetened shredded coconut. They are supplemented with collagen peptides, a powdered form of essential and non-essential amino acids with a particularly high ratio of glycine. Lastly, a hint of sweetness comes from maple syrup and vanilla.

If you're a coconut fan, these will be right up your alley. Even if you're not following AIP or Elimination, these are a nice pick-me-up that can be made in bulk and kept in the freezer. There's room for modification, such as using cashew butter in place of coconut butter for a copycat Bulletproof Bar bite.

This is my go-to ingredient list:

-Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

-Lemon Juice

-Lemon Zest

-Maple Syrup

-Vanilla Extract

-Sea salt

Liven things up with these bright, citrusy AIP Lemon Coconut Power Balls!


All things free: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Seed-Free. Loaded with healthy fat from coconut and bright citrusy flavor. Melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Course Snack

Total Time 15 minutes

Servings 12 Calories 122 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Butter

  • 1/3 cup Collagen Peptides

  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon Zest

  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey

  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt


  1. Add coconut to a food processor and blend until a coarse crumb forms

  2. Add remaining ingredients to shredded coconut in mixing bowl or in food processor until a dough forms.

  3. If dough is too sticky, allow to chill in the freezer for 10 mins.

  4. Form into even balls with your hands, roughly 1-in in diameter

  5. Let them sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy.

Recipe Notes Down with nuts: Try cashew butter instead No Maple Syrup: Use honey instead Recipe makes 12-15 balls. Serving size is one ball.


Have you tried these? Let me know your thoughts and modifications!


Want to work with a functional nutritionist to personalize your diet? Struggling with hormone imbalance, IBS, weight gain, mood changes? Let's look at FOOD FIRST. Read more about Functional Nutrition at The Facility here.

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