While my mission is to satisfy nearly everyone's sweet tooth, I know that it is impossible to produce something free of every single allergen. My recipes are mostly vegan and 100% gluten, dairy (casein), nut, soy and egg-free. However, it is ultimately the consumer's responsibility to check labels and make informed, safe decisions about what to eat. Please check with your doctor before making any of my recipes to make ensure that my treats are appropriate for you.
Well, it means that everything on this site, in my new cookbook, Allergy-Free Desserts, and that I blog about is gluten, dairy, soy, nut and egg-free. It also means that I am oming up with I know that this doesn't cover every single allergy out there, but I thought it was a pretty solid start. I am developing new recipes and entertaining ideas all the time that may be even better suited to your dietary restrictions. If you have ideas or want to share your food allergy solutions, I'd love to hear from you!
Yes! I’m allergic to what often feels like everything. In fact, my own struggle to reconcile my sweet tooth with my wheat and egg allergies inspired me to create recipes that are safe for almost everyone to eat. I learned of my allergies to wheat, eggs, and (strangely) string beans after the birth of my first daughter. After breaking out in the worst psoriatic rash I had ever experienced, I went to a specialist who ran a battery of blood tests to determine my allergies. Ridding my diet of these offenders has made me happier, healthier and a lot less itchy.
Way too many cakes and cookies! I am not a doctor, but I have learned through my own, personal experience that eating with food allergies doesn’t have to be boring or depressing. In fact, my allergies have opened the door to a whole new world of interesting grains, fruits and vegetables that, six years ago, I never knew existed. Here are some of the starches that I have incorporated into my diet that you might enjoy, too. I love quinoa, millet, amaranth, rice (black, white, brown, etc.), corn, teff, artichoke pasta, potatoes, yams, plantain and buckwheat. I also discovered that bean flours like garbanzo and fava are great for baking. Just be very careful serving fava bean flour to friends and family; certain medications react unfavorably with fava beans. Make sure that you disclose the ingredients in your baked goods to all recipients. I have significantly increased the amount of fruit and vegetables in my diet, too. I add as much color to my plate as I possibly can, always leaving out the string beans, of course. Everyone has different allergies, so what I eat may not be appropriate for your needs. Be sure to check with your doctor, but once you have the ok, don’t be afraid to get creative with the host of interesting grains available to us today.
In my book, Allergy-Free Desserts, I go through an extensive list of the things that you will need for my recipes.
However here are some of the things that I always have on hand:
Well, I have multiple food allergies, and I know that I am not alone. At the same time that I was diagnosed, a friend had a baby that was allergic to cow’s milk as well as soy. Between the two of us, we could not eat anything! So, I set to work to make recipes that we could eat. As my children grew, I saw how difficult it was for the food allergic kids at school. I wanted to develop safe treats that I could serve as after-school snacks and as classroom treats. By keeping everything gluten, dairy, soy, nut and egg-free I knew that almost everyone would be able to enjoy the same treats, ensuring that everyone never felt left out or different.
Casein, an ingredient found in many food items, including chewing gum, is a protein found in cow’s and goat’s milk. All of my recipes are made with rice milk in order to avoid this allergen. A caveat: when choosing rice milk, make sure that your favorite brand does not contain barley or malt as both of these ingredients contain gluten.
Don’t worry. Betsy & Claude haven’t disappeared, but the bakery has changed. I’m happy to announce that Betsy & Claude Baking Co. is now doing special event catering. If you have a wedding, party or corporate event coming up, let’s talk about how I can serve you. Prices available upon request.
I love to hear from you! If there are ways that I can improve my site, questions that I can answer or new ideas for treats that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I may not be able to solve every problem, but I certainly will do my best.