Friday, December 19, 2014

Dairy-Free & Peanut-Free Puppy Chow



Re-posted from March 24, 2010.

I was so excited to read over at CoffeeBeanKisses that she was making allergy-free Chex Mix Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow as we like to call it).  I LOVE this stuff.  It's very addicting so watch out!  ;)  

The funny thing is that Miles calls this "dog bones" and Graham calls it "dog food".  I'm crackin' up!

DAIRY-FREE PUPPY CHOW


9 cup 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.  ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dairy-Free Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels



Original Post:  12/22/10

From my friend, Mandy. These are dairy and egg free if you use safe pretzels. Check labels!


DAIRY-FREE CINNAMON SUGAR PRETZELS

Mix together 2/3 cup sugar, 2/3 cup oil and 1-2 Tbs cinnamon

Pour over 1 lb of pretzels in a large microwavable bowl

Microwave for 60 seconds and stir

Microwave 30 seconds and stir, 30 more seconds and stir, 30 more seconds and stir

Pour on a cookie sheet to cool

Store in airtight container.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Homemade Pudding




Original Post:  7/6/11

This was my first try at homemade pudding, and we all loved it.  It was just the right thickness and tasted every bit as good as milk pudding. I got the recipe from my favorite source, allrecipes.com.

This would be great topped with homemade dairy-free whipped cream, too.

Later I will show you how we made mud cups with this!

Recipe is below.

What To Expect Article ~ 6 Options for Celebrating the Holidays with Food Allergies



Original Post:  11/27/13

Hello, friends!  Today I have something a little different for you.  No recipe.  No Milk-Free Find. No e-cloth feature.  

Nope, today I have a new article (written by yours truly) for the parenting website, What To Expect.  

When What To Expect contacted me about writing an article about food allergies and the holidays, my first thoughts went to the "tried and true" check list for how to safely feed food allergy kids at big family gatherings.  Then as I sat down to write late one night (that's when my brain functions best), some emotions stirred deep within me.  

I had to take a step back and ask myself what was really going on here.  I don't cry about labeling milk-free food.  

That's when I remembered that food allergies can really make me sad someties.  I wish my son didn't have them.  We do the very best that we can to keep Miles safe and to make sure that holidays are fun for him...but food allergies suck.  

So I decided my article needed to be a little more "real" and a little more "raw" about what we and so many other food allergy families deal with this time of year.  

As you will read, my article ended up being about dealing with family gatherings during the holidays. I already know from listening to our readers on Facebook that deciding how to handle holiday celebrations is a HUGE stress for many.  I wanted to offer options so food allergy families can find what works to best alleviate some of their stress.



I really struggled with submitting such a "non-enthusiastic" article.  I try to be upbeat about food allergies.  But this time, I went with my heart.  I hope you can appreciate the "realness", and take it in the way it was intended.  

I would love to hear your thoughts.  It would be awesome to dialogue together over at the What to Expect article.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Chocolate Nutter Butters


There's something about Christmas time that makes us want to coat everything in chocolate.  That's why I bought Enjoy Life chocolate chips in bulk from Amazon this fall.  Couple that with the fact that we just learned that Nutter Butters are safe for Miles...and there ya have it folks, Nutter Butters covered in chocolate.  :)  

Melt 1/2 cup chocolate and 1 Tbs. coconut oil over medium heat on stove or in microwave.  Make sure no water gets into the mixture.  Stir constantly until melted and take off heat.  Drizzle, coat, or top cookies with chocolate.  Let set in refrigerator.  If you can't do coconut, just leave the oil out.  

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Milk-Free Find ~ Nutter Butter

I know, I know...not the healthiest snack on the block.  I'll file these in the Oreo and Poptart category..."not healthy, but glad my food allergic kid can eat them".  

This was another adventurous find by my hubs.  I like to stick with the tried and true.  He, however, likes to read labels and try new things.  I guess that's good as it keeps content for this blog going, ha!  

These contain soy, wheat, and peanut butter.  So there you go, egg allergy friends!  :)  

They actually sell these at our Aldi, too.  

I still count my blessings that both boys outgrew very high peanut allergies according to testing. They never had reactions and both had very delayed introduction to peanut...both were at least age 4 before they tried it.  And now they eat it everyday!

Are you a Nutter Butter family?  :)   


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dairy-Free Oat Pancakes






These are Jeff's favorite pancakes to make.  It's an adaptation to his P90X recipe.  And he even got us a new cast iron piece to make them on, Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Round Griddle, 10.5-inch.  The boys must have these pancakes every Saturday...and LOTS of them!  :)  

The batter is super thick and the pancakes are very filling.  They are are new favorite as opposed to regular flour-filled pancakes.  

We usually need to double this recipe for our family of four. 

Recipe is below.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dairy-Free & Egg-Free Banana Bread


Original Post 10-16-08


This is my favorite recipe for banana bread. Miles is eating up right as I speak. It doesn't call for any milk so I don't have to substitute dairy-free milk. And it just calls for one egg which is easy to substitute with 3 tablespoons of applesauce without messing it up.  This has been one of our Top 5 Blog Posts here at Milk Allergy Mom for seven years...so I'd say it's a winner.  :)

We are constantly making this as bananas go brown in our house.  Feel free to add dairy-free chocolate chips, to make into muffins, or to substitute grated zucchini, pumpkin, or grated apples for the banana to make other types of delicious bread.  This recipe is that versatile.

Recipe is below.

Dairy-Free Americano Cold Brew Coffee


So I obviously have an obsession with cold brew coffee.  The recipes keep coming.  They are easy to make.  What can I say?

The Americano is simply espresso and water.  If I do spend money at Starbucks, it's usually on this...because it's "cheap".  You can get an Americano hot or cold.  You can add sugar and/or cream, just like with coffee.

Here, I made an Iced Americano with a splash of almond milk creamer.  This is seriously the lowest calorie and carb coffee that you can make.  If you add no creamer or sugar, it's pretty much zero carb and calorie.  Your carbs and calories will depend on the amount of creamer and/or sugar that you add.

With just a tablespoon of Silk almond milk creamer, my Americano had 20 calories and 4 carbs.

DAIRY-FREE AMERICANO COFFEE
4 oz. filtered water
4 oz. cold brew coffee
creamer (optional)
sugar (optional)

See my other cold brew concoctions:
Dairy-Free Almond Milk Mocha
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Latte

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Allergy-Free Christmas Candy ~ ORDER TODAY!



I am really late, not on the ball this year, getting you info about Natural Candy Store and their wonderful all-natural candy!  No artificial dyes, colors, or preservatives.  And they have a whole allergy-free line.  You can even narrow your search by specific allergies or dietary needs.

Here are some of my favorite dairy-free, allergy-free items.  According to their Christmas shipping chart, I need to order TODAY for delivery to IL by Christmas Eve.  I'm on it!  I always put these natural candies in the boys' stockings.


Guest Post ~ Dairy-Free Magical Chocolate Marshmallows



I have a special treat for you today.  It's one of our first guest posts...with a recipe at least.  :)  On our Facebook Page, we allergy moms were joking about all the things we were dipping into dairy-free chocolate for Christmas treats.  Yes, it's the little things that matter when you are a food allergy parent.  And one reader posted a picture of these gorgeous dairy-free treats.  I immediately asked her if I could post them on our blog and share them with you.  She was kind enough to do a quick write-up to tell us about what she did.  

As you can probably tell by now, our blog is not a gourmet dairy-free food website.  ;)  I'm too busy and too simplistic to get too complicated in the kitchen.  Easy things like dipping treats in chocolate suffice in my home, and my boys think I'm a rock star for doing basic treats like these.  I hope you are inspired.  


Milk Allergy Mom Guest Posting

I would love to do more guest posts from our readers.  If you have a milk allergy everyday life story or recipe, feel free to email me.  Posts will need to be well-written and include a decent picture as I don't have a lot of extra time to edit.  This guest post here is an excellent example of an excellent guest post for us.  Great picture, short and sweet write-up, and inspiring to busy allergy parents.  It suits our niche here very well.  :)  

If you have a write-up for me to consider, please email it to milkallergymom@gmail.com. Not all submissions can be posted, but we will do our best to use as many as we can.  :)  I will not be able to respond back to all submissions but if we use your write-up, I will email you and let you know when it's posting.  Thank you!

Guest Post by Elizabeth Lyons

My baby is turning 3 this January.  She's allergic to dairy and eggs.  My older two are ages 9 (almost 10, he will want everyone to know!) and 7.  They loved these treats and so did their two friends.  We enjoyed them with our favorite hot cocoa recipe by Hershey's, using almond milk.  Substitute whatever milk works for your family.  

I makes me so happy to be able to share something so delicious with everyone.  Living with a milk allergy can be challenging.  I hope you give these a try and see how sweet life is...even with food allergies!

Recipe is below.

DAIRY-FREE BROCCOLI SALAD



Mmmmm, this is my favorite way to eat broccoli.  Delicious!  The boys also gobble it up, so it's a real winner in this home.  We had it for Thanksgiving this year, and I think I will keep that tradition up.  Make sure the bacon is good and crispy...that's the best.

Recipe is below.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dairy-Free Mint Oreo Truffles



These are too easy.  It took a little experimenting to get the cream cheese-to-Oreo ratio right for my taste...but that was the only tricky part.  I am SOOOO thankful that we have dairy-free cream cheese now.  But personally, as a real cheese-eater, the more I can mask the dairy-free flavor...the better for the whole family.  Miles is the only one who doesn't know what real cheese tastes like...but I like for the whole family to eat the same when possible.  SO, I was conservative with the cream cheese here.  BUT, you may want to add more cream cheese to your recipe.  It's definitely subjective to the needs of your taste buds.  ;)

Also, the fun thing about Oreos is that they come in a variety of dairy-free flavors!  So I just had to do the Mint Oreos for these truffles.  They are my boys' favorite Oreo flavor, and I knew they would be festive for the holidays.  :)  But feel free to use any flavor you wish. Wouldn't Birthday Cake Oreos be yummy?!

Just roll the truffles in powdered sugar instead of dipping them in chocolate.  I love this simple idea from my friend, Cassandra.  This time of the year, I need to conserve my expensive dairy-free chocolate for when it's absolutely necessary...like for dairy-free Puppy Chow or dairy-free Pan Smores.   

But if you do want to dip your Oreo truffles in chocolate, try the dairy-free chocolate coating that I do with my chocolate popcorn.  You will like the way that it sets.  

Recipe is below.