Collagen Veggie Fat Balls (Paleo & AIP)

We all know by now that veggies are important, right? Our mom always told us to eat our vegetables, and if there’s one thing that nutrition can agree on, it’s that veggies are still a good idea regardless of what diet you follow. Vegetables are packed with fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are necessary to keep us healthy and thriving! But let’s be honest… getting in tons of veggies all of the time can be challenging when it comes to snacks! Unless you’re eating raw carrots or celery, veggie snacks on the go are hard to come by. Convenience snacks are usually all protein, all fruit, or grain-y sugar bombs that leave little to be desired when it comes to nutrients. So, that’s why I created these collagen veggie fat bombs! They’re AIP, paleo, and full of healthy goodness.


Why These Collagen Veggie Fat Balls Are the Bomb 

1.They full of fruits and veggies!

So, how do you get veggies into a little fat bomb like this? Since I’m not going to add raw spinach to a fat ball, I used the Collagen Veggie Blend from Vital Protein’s and Dr. Sarah Ballantyne of the Paleo Mom! This veggie blend contains 11 different kinds of organic fruits and veggies including….

  • Organic Spinach
  • Organic Kale
  • Organic Broccoli
  • Organic Carrot
  • Organic Lemon
  • Organic Blueberry
  • … and more!

The veggie blend dissolves in water which makes it perfect for smoothies, but I’m using it raw in these fat balls which works fine too!

2. They have gut healing collagen protein.

You guys know I love vital proteins collagen protein. Not only does it add a boost of protein to snacks like these to make it more satiating, but collagen protein also contains gut healing properties that support gut health, hair and nail health, and more. 

I recommend collagen as a part of my 30 day gut healing guide, and to most of my clients on gut healing protocols. 

3. They’re full of healthy fat.

These are largely coconut butter based with some coconut oil as well, which are both healthy, nourishing fats. Healthy fats are vital for the health of our brain, our hormones, our blood sugar, and for keeping us full!

The biggest mistake that I see people make with snacks is reach for something sugar heavy without any fat. While natural sugar here and there is fine, relying on sugar alone to satiate us is not a sustainable idea. Sugar-y snacks spike our blood sugar too high

4. They still have a little something sweet and fun.

Like I said, natural sugar here and there is fine for most folks when you’re wanting to have a fun treat! I made these with some dried fruit to add some extra texture and flavor. You can certainly leave that out if you’re watching your sugar, but I love the added flavor it gives it!

Collagen Veggie Fat Balls (Paleo & AIP)


  • 1 cup coconut butter/ mana/ cream concentrate
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 scoop Collagen Veggie Blend
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp rasins (or dried blueberries)
  • 1 tbsp of melted coconut butter (for the drizzle)


  1. Add the coconut butter to a bowl and thoroughly stir to often. You want it soft enough stir, but not melted!
  2. Add in the shredded coconut and stir to combine
  3. Mix in the remainder of the ingredients (reserving the drizzle)
  4. Line a plate with parchment paper and begin to roll out the balls onto the plate.
  5. You should have 8-9 balls
  6. Add a couple of extra rasins or dried blueberries to the top of the balls if desired
  7. Place the plate in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to allow the balls to harden
  8. Remove from the freezer and drizzle the melted coconut butter over the top with a fork or spoon
  9. Place back in the freezer for 10 minutes or store in the fridge for an hour or so to let the drizzle dry
  10. Serve chilled and enjoy!
  11. NOTE: These will melt if left in heat/room temperature for too long. They're best served chilled. Remove from the fridge/ freezer and allow to soften for 5-10 minutes if desired before eating.
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That’s all there is to it! I hope you enjoy this nutrient dense, convenient little snack!

Collagen Veggie Fat Balls

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls (Paleo, Autoimmune Paleo, Vegan)

I’m not sure quite when it happened or why, but at some point, we all got obsessed with matcha. Though matcha is anything but “new”, it’s super trendy right now. We all love the color, the flavor, the health benefits, and the energy boost that matcha brings. I even have a hashtag going for my many matcha adventures, #matchawithmichelle. Oh, yeah. It went there. I’m so obsessed that I had to find a way other than latte’s to enjoy matcha. I wanted a grab and go energy snack with all of the benefits of matcha in snack form… thus, chocolate matcha energy balls were born!

Yes, matcha is a fun drink and these energy balls treat, but why does everyone love matcha so much? 

Health Benefits of Matcha

It’s green, so it’s healthy. Right? But really, there are benefits to drinking matcha. 

1.It’s rich in antioxidants.

Matcha powder is made from the whole green tea leaf. Green tea is a plant food is is full of antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals. Free radicals are anything that damage our cells, so antioxidants are super important! Since matcha is a more concentrated form of green tea, it’s packed with antioxidants!

2. It’s a more balanced source of caffeine 

This is subjective for sure as we all have different tolerance levels of caffeine. However, matcha is known for being a more balanced source of caffeine as compared it coffee. 

I really can’t tolerate the caffeine in coffee anymore, yet I do fine with matcha. The energy boost is subtle and sustained rather than the big boost and crash you get from coffee. 

Why I Love These Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls 

1.They offer all of the health benefits of matcha.

See above 😉 These guys don’t have ton of matcha in them, but a little goes a long way! You really only need a little bit to make a latte, and the same goes for these. You can scale up and down the amount of matcha that you put in these 

2. They’re full of healthy fat to help keep you full.

All of my energy ball recipes are made from a coconut butter base. Why? Because it’s a delicious healthy fat that keeps you satiated! Coconut butter is a healthy saturated fat which is necessary for our mood, energy, and satiation. Healthy fat helps keep us full, and these balls are no different. 

3. They help energize you without leaving a crash.

As previously mentioned, matcha is know for giving a more sustained boost of caffeine without a crash. Because they also have so much coconut butter and coconut oil, the fat also helps balance out blood sugar spikes from caffeine and sugar from the honey.

No jittery feeling, spikes or crashes!

4. They taste super yummy!

I brought these to a party and was shocked by how much everyone was eating these guys up! I was about to leave the 4-5 leftover for everyone to enjoy at the end of the night, but my husband protested and wanted to bring some home so he could enjoy them 😉 Winner, winner!

Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

Chocolate Matcha Energy Ball (Paleo, Autoimmune Paleo, Vegan)


  • 1 cup coconut butter/ mana/ cream concentrate (soft enough to stir but not melted)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp -1 tsp matcha powder (plus more for dusting)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (or carob for AIP)


  1. Add the coconut butter to a bowl with the shredded coconut and stir until thoroughly combined
  2. Add the flour, oil, honey, and matcha powder. I recommend 1/2 tsp, but adding up to 1 tsp will make it stronger
  3. Continue to stir
  4. Roll the dough out into balls sizes to your liking and place them onto a plate lined with parchment paper
  5. Place the plate into the freezer for at least 1 hour to allow the balls to freeze
  6. Prepare a double boiler for the coating by placing a medium sauce pot half way filled with water on medium heat, and add a metal mixing bowl on top of the pot
  7. Add the coconut oil and cocoa/carob powder and wisk until melted into a chocolate sauce
  8. Remove the balls from the fridge and use a spoon to coat with the chocolate/carob mixture, dusting at the end with extra match. The coating should harden quickly.
  9. Place the balls back into the freezer for another hour or so
  10. Transfer to the fridge and enjoy the energy balls chilled
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These are best chilled out of the fridge, so they’re not a great purse snack or the chocolate will start to melt. So, they’re much better just kept on hand in the fridge either at work or at home as a quick energy snack for a few days.

Enjoy, matcha lovers! 

Easy Plantain Banana Bread (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)

Banana bread… I’m obsessed. Always have been, always will be. Honestly, I don’t really remember having banana bread as a kid. I was more a chocolate chip cookie type kiddo… still am. But, I digress. I got hooked in the banana sweet stuff in high school. One day someone brought a loaf over for some occasion and it was a done deal for me. It quickly became one of my absolute favorite sweet treats and has been for years. I haven’t had banana bread in years for various reasons. First of course, I’m Paleo/ AIP and no longer eat gluten, grains, eggs, dairy, or refined sugar, and I don’t really like complicated recipes that don’t come out close enough to the real deal. Until I made my own paleo and AIP plantain banana bread. 

So, why plantains? Well, they’re awesome. I never even had plantains until I went AIP and I was missing out for years. Plantains are basically just a more starchy banana that can be made into chips or tostones when they’re green (which is my favorite) or eaten as a sweet treat when they turn yellow. Because they’re more starchy, they help hold recipes up much better than just bananas alone, which was crucial for this recipe as there aren’t any eggs. Not even a gelatin egg! That’s why this is classified as “easy” 😉 Thanks to the plantains, this bread holds up perfectly, and all you have to do is basically mix it all together. 

Easy Banana Bread (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)

Another standout ingredient in this bread in cinnamon. Cinnamon and banana are just such a great flavor combination. The cinnamon gives this banana bread a bit of a cinnamon sugar type flavor, while helping give it some more color! As for topping the bread, I went with slicing a banana into thin slices and layering it on top of the bread with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon. You can easily add chocolate chips (or carob for AIP) or even top it with shredded coconut. Yum! After you slice it, this bread goes great with ghee or grass-fed butter if tolerated. It’s also great with a bit of coconut oil, coconut butter, or even a homemade jam. 

Plantain Banana Bread (AIP, Paleo, Vegan)

Be still my heart.

I like banana bread out of the oven after it’s cooled for a bit, and my husband likes to slice it thin and toast it under the broiler! Either way, we both love adding ghee to it. 

This bread is easy to make, it holds together wonderfully, and has a subtle flavor that even non-AIP folks will love!

Easy Banana Bread (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

Plantain Banana Bread (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)


  • 2 yellow plantains with black spots
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • Optional:
  • 1 sliced banana (not overly ripe) to top the bread
  • Extra sprinkle of cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and grease it with coconut oil
  3. Add the plantains and bananas to a high speed blender or food processor to thoroughly combine and mash
  4. Scoop out the plantain banana mixture into a mixing bowl and add the remainder of the ingredients
  5. Stir to combine
  6. Pour the dough into a loaf pan and smooth out to where the top if flat
  7. Add optional toppings like sliced banana and cinnamon, etc.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving
  10. Serve warm with a spread or simply by itself
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And that’s all there is to it! Sweet, cinnamon-y goodness that’ll make you feel super nostalgic!

Enjoy <3 

Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars (Paleo, AIP, Gluten Free)

Protein bars… what would we do with you? I used to love protein bars, but quickly turned away from them when I realized that they were basically dairy filled candy bars! Low quality protein plus sugar plus grains? No thank you. But let’s be real, I’m just as busy as the next person and I need purse convenience food too, y’all! It can’t all just be bone broth and kale over here. Though I usually reach for EPIC bars or homemade beef jerky, sometimes I really want to mix it up. So, I created these homemade Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars! 

These bars were much more of a hit than I expected! Usually my husband and I just nibble on my creations by our lonesome and we agree if they’re good enough to grace the internet or not. These bars actually made it to my father-in-laws birthday celebration this weekend and were a total hit! I thought I was leaving with leftovers, but when I tried to pack them up, they were snatched back away and gobbled up! I got a “sorry, we really want them”, and I was honestly a happy camper with that reaction!

Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars (AIP, Paleo, GF)

Why I Love These Collagen Protein Bars

1.Collagen Protein is a powerhouse ingredient.

We love collagen in this paleo/ AIP world, and for good reasons!

Collagen is a real food protein rather than a weird powder with tons of other ingredients. It helps heal the gut, it improves our hair, skin and nail health, our joint health, and it’s a great way to get in some extra protein! Collagen is the only protein powder I recommend. 

2. They’re a good fat snack which helps keep you fuller for longer. 

Fat is fuel, you guys! Fat is more calorie dense and digests more slowly than protein or carbs, thus it keeps us fuller longer!

Good quality fat like that found in the coconut butter and coconut oil in this recipe are the building blocks for our hormones which regulate so many processes in the body. The healthy saturated fat also fuels our brain and helps normalize our mood.

Fat is your friend!

3. They’re lightly sweetened with natural sweetener. 

Most protein bars can easily have more sugar than protein and are usually grain based. However, these bars only have about 1 tbsp of honey and the equivalent of just a couple of strawberries.

Being lower in sugar keeps these bars from spiking your blood sugar. That means they won’t have you crashing later and reaching for a more sugar-y treat.

Regulating your blood sugar is crucial for thyroid health, hormone balance, and healing your gut and autoimmunity! Always opt for good blood sugar snacks like these!

4. They require zero baking! 

It may only be March, but in Texas, I almost never want to turn on my oven. If I can avoid it, I’m always opting for no-bake recipes. It’s easier, faster, and has a way lower fail rate!

Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars (AIP, Paleo, GF)

These bars are inspired by my own collagen protein bites which have many of the same ingredients, and are similar to two other collagen protein bar recipes… Cake Batter Collagen Protein Bars from Empowered Sustenance and Collagen Protein Bars from Cook it Up Paleo! Check those out too!! Now onto these bad boys…

Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars (AIP, Paleo, GF)

Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars (Paleo, AIP, Gluten Free)


  • 3/4 cups coconut butter (also referred to as coconut mana and coconut cream concentrate)
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup collagen peptides or hydrosolate
  • 15-18 slices of freeze dried strawberries
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil + 1 tsp to grease a glass pyrex dish
  • 1 tbsp carob powder for AIP or cocoa if tolerated
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (softened by not melted)
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2 tsp honey


  1. Grease a glass pyrex dish (like this one ) with coconut oil and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Add the coconut butter, shredded coconut and coconut oil to a bowl and stir to combine. You want the mixture to be soft, but not melted!
  3. Add the collagen, honey and carob/cocoa powder to the mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Spread the mixture in the glass pyrex dish and flatten evenly.
  5. Top with freeze dried strawberries (or other fruit as desired)
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour
  7. After the bars are chilled, remove them from the fridge and allow to soften for about 5-10 minutes until attempting to slice them into 9 separate bars.
  8. Prepare the frosting (optional) by adding the ingredients to a bowl and mixing vigorously. Heat for just a few seconds to soften if needed, but don't allow it to melt.
  9. Pour the frosting mixture into a piping bag or just a plastic bag with the tip cut off and drizzle over the bars. NOTE that the frosting needs to dry on the surface area on the bars or it may easily flake off.
  10. Serve chilled and enjoy!


These bars are best cold and will eventually melt if left if heat. Try and keep them cool!

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Chocolate Strawberry Collagen Protein Bars (AIP, Paleo, GF)

And it’s as easy as that! Keep them in the freezer at work if you need a pick me up, throw them in your purse to run some quick errands, toss them in your kiddos lunch box, or just chow down on them as a treat.

So yummy, so packed with good ingredients, so easy! Enjoy, snackers!

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites (AIP, Paleo, Nut Free)

I’m going to tell you a story that you may or may not judge me for. When I was about 20 years old, I was a hardcore crossfit junkie. I loved the rush, the movement, and feeling strong. My diet was extremely meh at the time, so when they had a Paleo Diet and Zone challenge, I hopped right on board. I was so not ready for paleo at the time, so I opted for the zone, which is basically a modification of IIFYM or a macro counting diet. I was super strict for weeks and cut my carbs and sugar way down. Though it was good to really realize how much junk I was eating before, I didn’t really last beyond the 8 weeks or so. Meaning that after last WOD of the challenge, I found myself at Walmart getting Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream. Now here’s the judge-y part… I didn’t really eat it like normal ice-cream. I took it home, let it melt and then ate the soupy mixture while just picking out the cookie dough. Seriously.

I’ve come a long way, and am not proud of who I was, but my heart still loves cookie dough… especially raw! So, I decided to make a fun new treat… no-bake cookie dough bites that are Paleo, nut free, and can be easily modified to be AIP!

Can you even? Because I certainly can’t. 

No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites (AIP, Paleo, Nut Free, Gluten Free)

There’s just something about raw cookie dough that’s always had a tight grip on me. Maybe it’s the addictive artificial sugar, insulin rush, or forbidden gluten… but who’s counting, right? 😉

But seriously, even with holistically managing my Hashimoto’s and gut healing still being a huge priority to me, I want a treat sometimes. Constantly sugar is not a friend to healing as it spikes our blood sugar, cortisol, throws off our hormones and harms our gut. So that’s why I just sweetened these with honey! Yes, honey is still sugar of course, but it’s a real food version of sugar that is more easily metabolized. They also have chocolate chips (or homemade carob chips if AIP) so it’s no denying these are a treat to be eaten in moderation! 

For the flour, I decided to try tigernut flour for the first time! Tigernut is not a nut, but a tuber vegetable that’s AIP friendly. The flour has a similar consistency to almond flour and gives these bites a cookie color! 

Finally, I used lots of healthy fats in coconut oil and coconut butter/coconut cream concentrate in these! The healthy fats help hold these together, and helps make these satiating rather than just a big sugar bomb. I always recommend the brand, Tropical Traditions for coconut products, but other brands will work as well.

Now let’s get onto the recipe!

No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites (AIP, Paleo, Nut Free, Gluten Free)

No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites (AIP, Paleo, Nut Free, Gluten Free)


  • 3/4 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp coconut butter (also known as coconut mana and coconut cream concentrate)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1-2 tbsp enjoy life chocolate chips or homemade carob chips for AIP (preferably use alcohol free vanilla or vanilla powder)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Add the tigernut flour, coconut oil, and coconut butter to a bowl and stir vigorously until combined. You want the coconut products to soften when stirred, but you don't want them to be melted or the dough won't hold.
  2. Add the raw honey, cinnamon, salt and chocolate/carob chips and stir until combined
  3. Roll the dough into small balls (you'll have about 8-9) and place them on a piece of parchment paper
  4. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour and enjoy!
  5. (These are best out of the fridge)
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And that’s all there is to it! No baking, no craziness, just an easy dessert to make on the fly or to keep on hand in the fridge if the craving strikes. I shared these with non-AIP friends and family and got its of thumbs up! 

No Bake Cookie Dough (AIP, Paleo)

They have great bite to them while still being soft… just like cookie dough!

I hope you enjoy!! 

AIP Coconut Flour Brownies (Perfect For Valentines Day)

Growing up, my mom was the brownie lady. It all started when I was in middle school or so, when she randomly found the one brownie recipe that changed the course of her entire baking and gifting career. Guys, these brownies were so fudgy, rich, and delicious, that she almost started a brownie business. They were so popular that she’d make them at least once a month for neighbors, coworkers, and the like, and always double a batch for the family. I loved these brownies. They were so gooey that you literally had to eat them with a spoon when they were hot, but the sugar was still so perfectly crystalized on top, that they still had a dense, sugary bite to them. Needless to say, I haven’t had them in years since I’ve begun this journey of healing Hashimoto’s and eating an autoimmune paleo diet. In the long run, I know I’m better off, but with a holiday coming up, I want some brownies, yo. So I made some AIP coconut flour brownies that are perfect for Valentines day!

Last year, I made AIP carob covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day, which were cute and classic, but I must say that these brownies totally stepped it up. Though they’re not at all reserved for just Valentine’s Day and can easily be made any time of year, I just love that they’re shaped like hearts! I seem to recall there’s some over the counter processed cake shaped like a little heart with frosting on it too, right? It’s been so long since I’ve indulged in a packaged gas station cake, so I could be totally making that up 😛 But come on… it’s cute regardless!

AIP Coconut Flour Brownies

Either way, these are AIP coconut flour brownies are cute, nostalgic, dense and cake-y! It’s not easy to make baked goods sans eggs, but these came out just perfectly without eggs!

It’s worth mentioning that they’re not overly sweet at all. They have minimal honey, and no other added sugar. That being said, they go perfectly topped with fruit like strawberries, or raspberries, and would be delicious in a coconut ice-cream brownie sundae too. Yum! 

AIP Coconut Flour Brownies (perfect for Valentine's Day!)

I also have to mention Martine from Eat Heal Thrive as the first AIP brownie recipe I tried that’s also delicious and eventually inspired me to create these. I made this heart shaped version after my AIP Brownie Mug Cake to have something a bit lower in sugar and starch, but either three of these recipes are a great option for AIP brownies 🙂 

AIP Coconut Flour Brownies


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened (+ extra to grease the pan)
  • 3 tbsp + 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp gelatin and 1/4 cup of water for the gelatin egg
  • Berries to top the brownies
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (softened by not melted)
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/2 tsp honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine the coconut flour, tapioca starch, carob, and baking soda.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin puree, honey and coconut oil and stir until thoroughly combined
  4. For the gelatin egg, pour the gelatin over 1/4 cup of water and allow to bloom for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat on low and allow the gelatin to quickly melt. Once the gelatin appears to have dissolved, whisk vigorously until the "egg" is frothy.
  6. Add the gelatin egg to the mixture immediately and stir
  7. Grease a baking dish (or these silicone heart molds) with coconut oil and spoon into the dish.
  8. Bake for 25-25 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing.
  10. Prepare the frosting (optional) by adding the ingredients to a bowl and mixing vigorously. Heat for just a few seconds to soften if needed, but don't allow it to melt.
  11. Pour the frosting mixture into a piping bag or just a plastic bag with the tip cut off and drizzle over the brownies.
  12. Top with berries and serve.
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And that’s all there is to it! If you’re using the silicone heart molds, you’ll have 4 brownies! Enough for you and your sweet heart to have 2 each! 

Enjoy the treats, friend!