Perhaps the winter holidays are among the most difficult for food-allergic children and their families. The burden of creating a festive, merry atmosphere while being vigilant about meals and treats is shared by many families. Yet, it’s inspiring to know there are individuals who care and persevere in the face of food allergy challenges.
One such example is a mother daughter team, who both suffer from food allergies. They decided to open Unrefined Bakery, offering naturally wholesome, allergy-friendly fare. From Chocolate Pound Cake that’s gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free and dairy-free to Banana Muffins that are soy-free, corn-free, dairy-free and egg-free, you’ll find yummy treats for the whole family.
Kelly Rudnicki, of FoodAllergyMama.com, is not only the mother of a food allergic child, but also a published author and advocate for food allergy research. Kelly’s popular Molasses Cookies are dairy, egg and nut free and can be gluten- and wheat-free, too.
Author and food allergic person, Cybele Pascal shares one of her holiday favorites: Allergy Friendly Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing. Cybele and her son, Lennon both suffer from severe dairy and soy allergies. Unable to find any satisfactory cookbooks 13 years ago, Cybele decided to create her own.
Laurie Sadowski, author of the gluten-free, allergy-friendly cookbook series The Allergy Free Cook, loved food from childhood, but her creativity in the kitchen began when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Adopting a vegan diet led to further interest in everything food. All of her recipes indicate whether they are free of dairy, eggs, gluten, nightshades, soy, wheat, legumes, nuts, peanuts, seeds, or yeast.
Alisa Fleming, the founder of GoDairyFree.org wanted to share all of the information from her personal milk-free journey to make it easier for others who have problems with dairy products. So she started experimenting in the kitchen with delights such as her Easy Mini Apple Pies with Vanilla Whip, a recipe that is dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan/plant-based and vegetarian.
Enjoy the holidays without anyone feeling left out or isolated. Thanks to the caring individuals who make it their mission to create recipes for food allergic people, you and your family have plenty of options to celebrate without fear of food.