Stone Fruit Smoothie

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Did you know that AIP is a “no-coffee,” but NOT a “no-caffeine” protocol? You are forgiven if you’ve missed this nuance. I did too! For the first two years of my journey with the Autoimmune Protocol I thought caffeine was off-limits. Here’s the thing though, coffee is out during the elimination phase because it is a seed, not due to its caffeine content.

Per Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s research, black and green teas are okay in moderation. Now . . . that moderation piece is important, because caffeine isn’t so great for those of us dealing with blood sugar swings or tired adrenals. (It was actually really good that I thought I couldn’t have caffeine when I started my healing, because I was dealing with wacky blood sugar and tired adrenals. Frankly I needed a little caffeine hiatus.)

However, if you are a little further down the healing path and would like the flavor and the “get-up and go” of some caffeinated tea now and then, this smoothie is for you. The stone fruits go well with the Earl Grey flavor, plus they are not overly sweet, so blending them with the balancing fat of the coconut milk and a bit of a caffeine kick is a nice addition to breakfast or to a late afternoon snack.

Stone Fruit Smoothie
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Serves: 2
  • 1 small apricot, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small plum, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tbsp collagen powder
  • ½ cup strong black tea, completely cooled (I used Earl Grey)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.


About Angie Alt

Angie Alt is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. She helps others take charge of their health the same way she took charge of her own after suffering with celiac disease, endometriosis, and lichen sclerosis; one nutritious step at a time. Her special focus is on mixing “data with soul” by looking at the honest heart of the autoimmune journey (which sometimes includes curse words). She is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy Consultant through The Nutritional Therapy Association and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol and The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. You can also find her on Instagram.


  • K C says

    I think I might try it with decaffeinated Earl Grey or other decaf black tea. Caffeine isn’t great for my hyperactive thyroid, but I love the flavor of tea, so this is a great idea!

    • Angie Alt says

      Good idea KC! Get that complex tea flavor while protecting your thyroid!

  • Stephanie Appelbaum says

    You have put so much time and effort into so many great recipes. Thank you for all of the helpful ideas to cook what is somewhat a restrictive diet. Unfortunately for me – it’s even more restrictive than others. I am highly allergic to coconut. So many of the “lattes” and dessert type recipes you show are made with either coconut or coconut oil. I am also allergic to palm oil. Any ideas on ways to make treats without coconut? Thank you!

    • Angie Alt says

      I would google for some recipe ideas. Try, “AIP+no coconut treat.” Thanks for being here!

  • Mona Ridley says

    I do not like sausage – food aversion from childhood – can I replace the sausage/meat-based breakfast in week one and two with this smoothie? – I’m not a “breakfast eater,” but I think I can handle that.

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