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Navitas Deetox Brownies Gluten Free & Vegan By The Allergy Chef

Dark Chocolate Detox Brownie Recipe

Ready for brownies with a hidden healthy boost? Good! [Jump to Recipe] We partnered with Navitas to bring you the Immunity Caramel Squares a few weeks ago, and now we’ve created brownies that incorporate their Detox Daily Boost. We’ve also included several other Navitas products so you can get your shopping done on one website 🙂

The kids told me that the detox boost isn’t noticeable, and that these brownies have a hint of fruity flavor in them, which was a nice surprise. They also LOVED the brownies with caramel sauce. I’m thinking the brownies would make a great addition to an ice cream too. See how versatile these boosts are?

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Vegan, Nut Free Compatible

For Nut Free: Use Maple sugar instead of coconut sugar. It’s a 1:1 exchange. Read More

Spicy Chocolate Cookies by The Allergy Chef, Gluten Free, Vegan, Top 8 Free

Cinco de Mayo Chocolate Spicy Cookie Recipe

Is it me, or does everyone else feel like it was just Christmas? Yet here I sit, getting ready to face Cinco de Mayo. Oh where does the time go? This year May 5th will be quite special. Well, there’s also May 4th. It’s a big Star Wars “holiday” (May The Fourth Be With You) and the kids like to celebrate. Back to the 5th. This year the Celiac Disease Foundation will be having their National Conference in Pasadena, and I’ll be speaking. They asked me about doing a demo, and since it’s Cinco de Mayo, of course there’s a tie in. So if you live in the SoCal area, be sure to come by. Here are the Conference details.

For this cookie, I opted to have the spice in the glaze. Knowing that there will be children at the event, I wanted to be sure they would enjoy the cookie as well. If you plan to serve this at an adult party, or one where everyone looooveees spice, be sure to add extra cayenne in the cookie batter.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Vegan, Corn Free Compatible, Cane/Refined Sugar Free Compatible

For Corn Free: Use Spectrum Organic Shortening instead of dairy free butter.
For Cane/Refined Sugar Free: Use 3/4 cup Organic Maple Sugar instead of dark brown sugar. Create a glaze by combining Organic Maple Butter and Cayenne Pepper. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Sunflower Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sunflower Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is another installment of the Nut Butter Cookies Series. I was so inspired at the grocery store to see all of the little packs of nut and seed butters. It has allowed me to create small batches of cookies to test ideas without having to take the plunge and purchase jars and jars of butters (which we all know can add up to a small fortune).

I don’t know what else to call these but little bites of joy. There are corn free notes below so that you too can enjoy these. Take this advice however: make small batches. If you don’t, you’ll gain 10 pounds. Yes, they’re that tasty.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Nightshade Free, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo, Vegan, GAPs Compatible, Corn Free Compatible, Low Histamine Compatible

For Low Histamine: Omit chocolate chips.
For GAPs: Use choice or combination of coconut and almond flour. Omit chocolate chips.
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients, and use safe chocolate chips. I personally use Once Again since they don’t use corn derivatives. Other major brands have CF products that share lines with corn derivatives. Pascha chocolate is corn free.
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Allergy Friendly Catering

I was so giddy putting together the photo shoot for this one. We have a new service that we’re very excited about – Allergy Friendly Catering. If you need something for an event, check out Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Free and Friendly Foods Catering

Free and Friendly Foods Party Table

Free and Friendly Foods Cookie Dough Cake

Cookie Dough Cake

Just want to share a little something I’ve been working on. Once I’ve mastered it, we will offer it as a special cake at Happy Baking!

Free and Friendly Foods Cookie Dough Cake

Sorry for the blue lighting. We’ll do better next time, I promise.


Free and Friendly Foods Cookie Dough Cake

This is a new chocolate cake recipe I’ve been tinkering with. I also deviated from our regular cookie dough. As I was putting this together, it looked so cool and had told Kid Two to take a picture. Fast! He did such a great job.

Free and Friendly Foods Cupcakes

Messing Around in the Kitchen

As you may know, in addition to all the things we do around here, we also have a Bakery (Free and Friendly Foods). There are times when I’m filling orders, or pre-filling, and I get bored making the same design over and over again. I thought it would be fun to share some of the new flavors and designs I’ve been working on over the past month, some of which is are for sale now.

For those of you who don’t know, the Bakery is gluten free, allergy friendly, vegan, with options for paleo/grain free, and diabetics. Our mission is to Change The World, One Bite At A Time.


Free and Friendly Foods Cupcakes

Thou shall now be known as Chocolate Chip Edition!


Free and Friendly Foods Cupcakes

Those in the Seven Realms will remember thee as Chocolate Kissed. Except for you, the ones in the middle…

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Free and Friendly Foods Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Vegan Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Did you know that Earth Balance makes a vegan shortening? I didn’t. I was walking through the store looking at one thing, looked down, and the green box jumped out at me. I’m pretty sure I had never seen it before, and for those of you that know me well, you know I have a memory that won’t quit. I decided to give it a go since shortening is used a lot in commercial bakeries. I read the ingredients, and everything was safe for Kid Two. It was only when I got home however that I realized there was soy in it, which was a little bit of a bummer.

The kids and The Papa seemed to like it. For full disclosure, I used our standard vanilla frosting recipe, and exchanged one stick (8 TBSP) of dairy free butter for the shortening. The top two comments were: It’s less sweet. It’s like eating a marshmallow or a cloud. Interesting, right? Kid Two really tried to communicate with me the difference between what we normally make, and this one. He says that it’s good, but some people may feel like they may have “wanted more” from their frosting. I’m still not quite sure what he’s trying to tell me, but bless him, he tried so hard.

We had other family members try, and the best feedback I received was: it’s great with coffee, like a pastry. So, they were echoing the fact that it’s not as sweet in taste, even though it was a 1-for-1 exchange. I find this to be fascinating because as a child, there was a short time in the 5th grade when I knew I would be a scientist. OK. On to the recipe.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Low Histamine, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Cookies

Kid Two and I were talking about making something like this since it was going to be Day 3 (on his 4 day rotation). We were having a good old chit-chat, and one thing lead to another, and the idea of these cookies came about. We pondered, what would happen if we made an oat cookie? Not an oatmeal cookie because we already made that. Something with oat… what could we make? He seemed to have a good time coming up with ideas with me.

When the dough was ready, The Papa wanted to call these energy bites. In fact, he felt these were awesome before they were baked, and thought that with a little more “glue”, uncooked, they would be perfect little energy balls. I then proceeded to tell him about the fact there was a ton of sugar in them since they were cookies. NOT healthy energy bites. haha.

Overall, these are very interesting cookies. When I first made them, as always, I had no patience, and had to see what was up right away when the first came out of the oven. Well, they fell apart. In fact, I was ready to toss the whole lot and start over, but got distracted. Fast forward 15 minutes, and The Papa says “HEY! You can pick it up!” I turned in shock and excitement. He even poked at the cookie to see if they would fall apart. Turns out with these, the cooling is just as important as the baking.

OK, on to the recipe and photos.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Flag Cake

Cranberry Orange Flag Cake Recipe

Still feeling patriotic? We are! So here’s another Independence Day idea for you, in case you don’t have any baking plans for tomorrow, but happen to have a pantry full of allergy-friendly baking supplies.

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Vegan

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Free and Friendly Foods Lemon Star Cake

Lemon Stars Cake

When I made the Paleo Stars, I knew there would be some people who would simply want cake, including The Papa, Kid Two, and Kid Four. I saw this idea in the Costco Connection Magazine. Their idea was based around buying a sheet cake at Costco… not in this house. The recipe below is a modification of a white cake I’ve been secretly working on. Just between us, it turns out I’ve invented the perfect corn free cornbread. How funny/sad is that? I keep trying to tell The Papa that it’s white cake, and he’s like, nope, this is the best cornbread I’ve ever tasted.

Kid Two was a huge help putting these stars together, so hats off to him!

Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free*, Nut Free*, Peanut Free, Sesame Free, Legume Free, Vegan

*Most major brands of whip topping contain either almond, coconut, or soy. You may need to make your own whip topping, or use a glaze. Alternatively, if you can have nuts, soak cashews for a few hours, drain them, then put them in your bender with water and sweetener of choice. This makes a lovely cream sauce. Read More

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