How Are These Recipes Written for Allergies?
As allergy parents, we are nothing short of FBI agents when it comes to calling and writing companies as to what could be hidden in the ingredients or has shared lines/facilities. Every family has their own comfort zone with how and what they avoid, and we are no different when it comes to Casey’s allergies. For example, the first time he experienced anaphylaxis was due to sunflower and flax. However, he CAN tolerate refined sunflower oil and lecithin as per our allergist because the proteins are removed in the refinement process. Some people react to the refined oils as well so this is where your own trusted brands should be used.
Because Casey has many allergies outside Top 8, I call and vet 99% of companies before I use a product. I’m sure this goes without saying, but:
**Please do your own research before using a product. This is meant to be used a starting point, but we all have different allergies to manage and comfort zones regarding manufacturing of said products.**
My recipes will always be tree nut and seed free. In each recipe I will state what it is free from and offer any substitutions that may be possible. Baking is science and not all things are even swaps, but I have tried my best to offer something for as many as I can. For example, Casey is NOT allergic to peanut, but I have to dose him daily with peanut since he passed a challenge last year. He loves the cookies I make him but it’s definitely a top allergy for many. In a recipe like that, soy butter, sunflower butter or even a nut butter if you are not allergic can be swapped out. Again, one person’s safe is another’s allergy. No tree nuts or seeds is a non-negotiable in our house.
Here is what Casey is allergic to or what we currently avoid giving him as of now:
- Soy (refined oil and lecithin are ok for him)
- Unbaked milk
- Unbaked egg
- All tree nuts
- *He tests negative to fish/shellfish, but he has not had anything but whitefish yet
- All seeds (sunflower, sesame, flax, mustard, cumin, poppy, etc.)
- All legumes (except peanut, but I DO seek out peanut free baking items except peanut butter)
- All beans
- Rye, barley, spelt, millet and other gluten containing grains
- Tropical fruit
- FPIES to beef and pork.
Whew. That’s a fun list 🤦🏻♀️! But it’s ok…we’re all in this together.
Let’s get in the kitchen!
As we all know, reading labels and preparing food when managing allergies is a job within itself with much responsibility. All the brands I use are ones that I have contacted, and Casey has eaten safely. That being said, I must remind…
Please do your own research when deciding which products and foods are safe for the allergies you manage. These are the ones that are safe for our needs but may not be for you. Everyone has different comfort levels with manufacturing and production procedures.
And, as a friendly reminder, always have 2 epinephrine auto injectors on hand!