11 Feb Surviving Valentines Day with Food Allergies
We love to celebrate holidays and most parties are often full of cupcakes, cookies, candy and other sweets. If you or your child suffer from food allergies you may struggle with the stress that these parties and celebrations bring. Below are some allergy friendly recipes and ideas to make your Valentine’s day just as sweet.
DAIRY-FREE PUPPY CHOW
9 cups Chex Cereal
1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Chips)
1/2 cup peanut butter or sunbutter
1/4 cup dairy-free margarine butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Put cereal in large bowl that has a tight lid.
Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Pour over Chex cereal and gently stir until cereal is coated with the mixture.
Add powdered sugar, secure lid on tightly, and shake well to coat cereal evenly with the powdered sugar.
Spread mixture evenly on wax paper and allow to cool.
Store in an airtight container if there is any leftover. 😉
Egg and Milk-Free Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup water
1/4-1/3 cup oil
1/3-1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Mix and cook on a well-seasoned, well-heated griddle.
Use a cookie cutter to cut these pancakes into heart shapes. Enjoy them for breakfast or dinner on Valentines Day!
For the Donut:
1 Cup Rice Milk (or other dairy substitute) + 1 TBS White Vinegar or Lemon Juice
1 TBS Flaxseed Meal + 3 TBS Warm Water
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
6 TBS Sugar
¼ tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
1 TBS Earth Balance Butter Substitute (dairy-free, soy-free)
For the Glaze
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
8 TBS Rice Milk (I use the Vanilla Flavor)
For the Chocolate Frosting
¾ Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or more to add thickness)
3 TBS Earth Balance Butter Substitute (dairy-free, soy-free)
¼ tsp Vanilla Extract
1 TBS Honey
Instructions for the Donuts:
Preheat the oven to 325 and grease the donut pan with Spectrum (non-dairy, non-soy) Shortening.
In a small bowl combine the rice milk and vinegar (or lemon juice) and let stand for 10 minutes. This is a buttermilk substitute.
In another small bowl combine the flaxseed meal and warm water and let stand for a couple minutes.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar.
Add the melted butter, flaxseed meal mixture and 6 TBS of the rice milk/vinegar mixture.
Whisk until well combined. It will be thick, don’t over mix.
Place the mixture into a Ziploc Freezer Bag and pipe it into the donut pan.
Bake for 8-12 minutes. It was more like 10 minutes for me. You’ll know they are done when they spring back when you press on them.
Allow the donuts to cool slightly before removing them from the pan.
For the Glaze:
Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and rice milk until you reach the desired consistency. Whisk until smooth. While the donuts are still slightly warm, coat them in the glaze to seal in the moisture.
For the Chocolate Frosting:
Add the chocolate chips and butter. Microwave for 1 minute and stir until all the chocolate has melted.
Add the vanilla and honey. Mix until well combined.
If the sauce is too thin, add more chocolate.
Dip the top of the donuts into the chocolate frosting and add sprinkles.
To make the recipe with out the food allergy substitutions…
For the Donuts:
1 egg for the flaxseed meal mixture
6 TBS Buttermilk for the rice milk + vinegar mixture
For the Glaze:
milk or water for the rice milk
For the Chocolate Frosting
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips for the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
3 TBS butter
1 TBS Corn Syrup for the Honey (or keep the honey)
-Make a chocolate fondue
-Bake a heart shaped cake using a safe cake recipe
-Exchange non-food items such as: pencils, stickers, paper hearts, friendship bracelets, paper flowers
-Select food ingredients that are safe for your child and add safe red accents such as: fruit, food coloring, candy, marshmallows or sprinkles
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