Get togethers when you have a child with severe food allergies can be stressful. Add in a day that is seemingly focussed on a food, chocolate, which can contain multiple allergens and you have a recipe for a major headache.
With Miss J having severe allergies to dairy, peanuts & nuts (plus eggs and kiwi fruit), Easter is a minefield. Everywhere you go there are Easter Eggs, mostly milk chocolate, alot containing nuts, or traces of nuts.
Taking her shopping pretty much anywhere means dodging the ubiquitous Easter Egg display. From supermarkets, to Target, Kmart, the Post Office, those brightly coloured, foil wrapped, delicious but deadly to our daughter, goodies are in your face at every turn.
Last year I decided we would have a 100% Allergy Free Easter. Luckily our family is very accommodating to our daughters allergies, and are willing to be my guinea pigs! Sorry about the non tempered chocolates guys!
This year we will be again having an Allergy Free Easter. Having recently been in touch with another “allergy mum” Sonya Lee, owner of the AllergySave.com website, I will be expanding my Easter repertoire, thanks to her e-cookbook – Easy Allergy Free Easter.
All of the recipes in the Easy Allergy Free Easter cookbook are free of Gluten & Top 8 Allergens (dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, treenuts, shellfish, fish). These Top 8 allergens cause 90% of food allergy reactions.
Over the next week I will be trying out several of the recipes in the e-cookbook. The ones that have immediately called out “cook me” include:
- French Toast – perfect for Easter Sunday
- Hot Cross Buns – yummy at all times
- Choc Crackle Easter Eggs – beats boring plain homemade chocolate eggs anytime
- Bounty Bites – for an ex Bounty addict, they sound delish
- Easter Nests – what kid wouldn’t love the look of these!
- Honeycomb – I’ve seen it done on TV, definitely want to try it out
So go grab your Nuttelex and gluten free flour, buy your dairy & nut free chocolate (Kinnerton is the one I use and recommend). Send the kids out with their Dad for an afternoon, and have a go at making some of these delicious, easy to follow recipes from the Allergy Save Easy Allergy Free Easter cookbook!
Enjoy your Allergy Free Easter
I would love to hear how your Easter cooking goes.
Till next time,
Mel – This Happ-y Mumma