Welcome to Day 4 of my 12 Days of Allergy-Friendly Favorites! (If you missed the last three days, you can check them out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) Throughout the next 9 days I will continue to share some of my favorite products and companies with you. Some of these make wonderful gifts to someone with food allergies (or a parent,) and show that you really care about them and their food allergies. Please note I was not paid to write about any of these companies and all opinions are my own.
(While this is a guide to help you with gift ideas, please always do your own research and to use this article as an aid when choosing what foods, products, and companies are safe for you, your (food allergy) family, and friends with food allergies. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this article and site.)
When you enter into the world of food allergies many ask themselves “what will I feed my child now?” I know I was in the same boat. As we were trailing different foods with elimination diets in both me and my daughter I often felt lost as to what to cook and how to bake. Favorite recipes and dishes that I had memorized how to make either had allergens in them or involved using products that I had to check for hidden ingredients and cross contamination. While I love to search for a new recipes online I have a secret love for physical cookbooks. Below are some of them that I have found helpful in my cooking and baking. If you aren’t sure about a cookbook I always recommend checking out at your local library and if that recipes fit you and your families needs then I encourage you to purchase a physical copy for your bookshelves. You’ll have it for years and also supporting the authors that put a lot of time and effort into making these tasty and allergy-friendly recipes.
- Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking: 30-Minute Meals without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame by Cebele Pascal – A collection of 75 completely allergen-free recipes ready in 30 minutes or less, perfect for food allergic kids and busy professionals who need to get meals on the table swiftly. In this cookbook you’ll find allergy-friendly comfort foods and traditional takeout dishes, something that some families never think they will be able to enjoy again.
- Allergy Proof Recipes for Kids: More Than 150 Recipes That are All Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free and Low in Sugar by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger – With 150 top 8 free recipes there are many choices in this cookbook. The authors use ingredients that are more easily found in mainstream markets and gives you many options from soups, snacks, muffins, breads, sides, sweets and treats with them being mostly low-sugar recipes.
- Enjoy Life’s Cookies for Everyone!: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free Treats that are Safe for Most Anyone with Food Allergies, Intolerances by Leslie Hammond and Betsy Laakso – With over 150 top 8 free recipes this cookbook offers a wide range of cookie, brownies and bars that are safe and delicious. The recipes are not complex, have photos of all the cookies, and with range of recipes there are those for classic “normal” cookies like chocolate chip and sugar cookies.
- The Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More Without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts by Colette Martin – After you clear your cupboards of those items that are no longer safe for your family many of left with missing the staples. Things like ketchup, animal crackers, salsa, and potato chips. The range of staples and dishes in this book is wonderful. I really like the full-color recipes and easy to follow directions in this cookbook, I’ve also met Colette in person and she seems very sweet!
- The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious! by Lori Sandler – These tasty recipes are free of the four major food allergens – peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and eggs. The desserts in this book are truly delicious and you can serve these to guests who won’t believe they don’t contain those ingredients. Baking without eggs is especially difficult and this book with help you conquer getting tasty treats.
- The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family by Kelly Rudnicki– Kelly’s Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book includes traditional favorites including muffins and quick breads, cookies and bars, and cakes, pies, crisps, and cobblers. All of these baked good recipes are free of dairy, eggs, and nuts. Kelly also has a website loaded with a ton of recipes and tips for food allergy families.
- The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals: Dairy, Egg, and Nut Free Recipes for Every Day by Kelly Rudnicki – This cookbook handles easy and affordable meals for your family with all recipes made without milk, butter, cheese, eggs, or nuts. Some of the recipes included are: Morning Glory Muffins, Breakfast Burritos, Creamy Tomato Soup, Hearty Pasta Featuring Grandma Jeanne’s Bolognese Sauce, and Oatmeal Fudge Bars. Kelly also includes time–saving tips, and ideas for inexpensive ingredient substitutions, including tofu and applesauce
Have you tried any of these cookbooks? Leave a comment with some of your favorite allergy-friendly cookbooks!
Don’t forget to come back each day to check out more of my allergy-friendly favorites (tomorrow I will be sharing my favorite Dairy Alternatives!) And on Day 13 (December 13th,) join me for a big giveaway of some of the products I have featured here. One lucky winner will win a bundle of products worth over $750!
This site is not intended to provide medical advice. The suggestions here are not intended as dietary advice or as a substitute for consulting a dietician, physician, or other medical professional. It is the reader’s sole responsibility to determine which foods are appropriate and safe for his or her family to consume. Always consult your doctor. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this site.