Dealing with baked goods when your child has food allergies

One of the things that changed for us when we had a child with food allergies was no longer being able to buy items from the bakery section of our grocery store. Most baked good have warnings about tree nuts, sesame, eggs etc.  Many are peanut free, but the other allergens are usually present due to the other items that are produced in the factory/store. There are a few brands of things we can buy here in Ontario (Old Mill English Muffins are sesame free), and some wraps, and one brand of rye bread, but that’s about it.

I have come to the realization that if I want brownies, cookies, buns, etc, that I just have to make them myself.  I have had a migraine all weekend, and haven’t felt up to doing anything except laying in bed with an ice pack on my head. As a busy mom, it’s a big deal to be down and out on a weekend – this is the time when I get everything done for the week (those of you that suffer from migraines will understand that everything just shuts down when the pain hits). To make matters worse, I missed a family get together (a triple birthday!!), as well as a beautiful day today (the temp was 19 degrees and sunny). So when the pain finally subsided late this afternoon, I got to baking, and produced a few things to get us through the week.

I have found a few sites that have wonderful egg-free recipes, and some standby’s that I have made time and time again. I made three things tonight- see the links below for the recipes.

Cereal Squares – there is no recipe for this, but if you check out Alexander’s Corner, then you can find a similar recipe. I used Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies for these ones – about half and half.

Banana Bread: This recipe from The Fresh Loaf is so good – it is really moist and versatile. You can use applesauce, oil, butter – whatever you happen to have on hand.

Brownies:  I found this recipe on Little House Living, and I double it since my pan is a larger pan than what they call for (I have a 9×13 pan). This recipe is a great one, and doesn’t call for expensive ingredients such as solid chocolate (uses cocoa powder).

Even without the food allergy component, homemade baked goods is a great way to know exactly what is going into your food, with the added benefit of saving money. It cost me very little to make the items above (I was able to make everything in under one hour, not including the time it took to bake the banana bread).

Happy Baking!

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