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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

Quick Cinnamon Cookie Recipe by The Allergy Chef

No-Bake Cinnamon Cookie Recipe (and a Tasty Lunch Too)

I had a wonderful time at Expo West last month, which included spending time with the Don’t Go Nuts team. If you haven’t heard of this company, be sure to look them up. Their story is a lot like ours, and it’s one that a lot of food allergy and special diet families share. The products that they have on the market came from a personal need, and because of their dedication, everyone wins.

But wait, there’s more! They loaded me up with products to try (in a nifty bag) and I was able to share what the needs of our household are. Well, the lady I was speaking with made sure that we had the bar that was right for our allergy kid. Then she did the most amazing thing- she sent me a followup email to correct something she told me in person.

Guys, I was blown away by her determination to keep people safe, including our allergy kid. It had to do with facilities and equipment, but the fact that she met thousands of people and remembered our conversation, and then took the time to email me made her a total hero in my book. It’s not everyday that a company shows that much care for their customers.

So, let’s jump into the real reason you’re here: a tasty recipe. For those of you that know me well, you know that I think lunches should be fun, especially on a Friday. Not only is this a fun lunch for kids, but I created this cookie with all of you busy moms in mind. We get so caught up sometimes and don’t have the bandwidth to do much more. To help with that, these cookies only have a handful of ingredients, and come together in about 10 minutes. No joke.

(Cookie) Allergy Status: Wheat/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Sesame Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Vegan GLuten Free Salted Almond Cookies

Salted Almond Butter Oat Cookie

We’ve teamed up with Barney Butter to bring you this recipe, and there’s also a giveaway on the Instagram feed this week for their product. When making this, I wanted to create something that was simple and delicious, then it morphed into a bar, which I’m totally OK with. On its own, our low/no sugar kid says this is new favorite cookie. While it’s not Paleo, it’s so simple that you can swap the oat flour for something else.

Allergy Status: Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Coconut Free, Peanut Free, Yeast Free, Cane/Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Diabetic Friendly, Paleo Compatible, GAPs Compatible, Corn Free Compatible

For Paleo & GAPs: Use the appropriate flour.
For Corn Free: Source safe ingredients. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies (CORN FREEEEEEEEE)

I made these late one night, and had the kids try them, thinking they may be so-so, especially since I didn’t use ingredients they’re use to in their cookies. Turns out, I was WRONG. In fact, Kid Three has declared these to be his new favorite cookie and dessert. He seriously wanted more. I thought he was messing with me (as I always think) but alas, they were all gone the same night I made them. So, gather round, and enjoy a new take on chocolate chip cookies!

Allergy Status: Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Corn Free, Yeast Free, Paleo Compatible Vegan
For Paleo: Use the appropriate fat and chocolate of choice
For Corn Free: Be sure each ingredient is safe for you.
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Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Ginger Cookie

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies (Recipe Challenge)

This was a good challenge for us… we hate gingerbread. It’s just not our thing. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve done the gingerbread men, and the kids will eat it because sugar. There’s also Mary’s Gone Crackers Ginger Snap cookies that they tolerate, when I put them on top of cupcakes. So, here’s the cool thing: we LOVED these cookies. I mean, we ate them… ALL. In one night. The Papa was begging me to make another batch so he could have more, and there was coconut in them. I’m like, dude… you can’t have these… he says, I’m fine, and I don’t care. They’re that good! It’s in moments like these I know that having a TV show of our own would be hilarious.

This request came in from Instagram. A nice person was in need of a good cookie, and I really hope this brings him, and many more of you, plenty of gingerbread joy.

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

For Corn Free: Be sure to source safe ingredients.
For Nut Free: Use olive or tiger nut (not a nut) oil instead of coconut oil.
For GAPs: Use honey instead of molasses, and a combination of almond & coconut flour.
For AIP: Omit the flax. You may want to consider adding 1/2 a banana to help bind the dough together. Use safe vanilla, and don’t add the optional pepper. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Paleo Pancake Cookies

Paleo Pancake Cookie Recipe

I wanted to make pancakes, but remember that time the stove exploded? Well, we’re still using the hot plate because we have yet to decided on what we really want. Truth is, I really want 4 hot plates! It’s the temperature read out and the speed that heats at. I feel like I’m so efficient with it, except, there’s only one. So what has that got to do with a cookie? Well, I don’t personally have a corn free pan that works on the hotplate. It’s an induction top, and my personal non-stick is for a regular old stove. So, I’m making the batter, and it hits me. I can’t cook it! Guess it’s time to make cookies. So, that’s what got me on this, and the funny thing is, it really did register as a pancake in my brain. I will warn you however, don’t eat too many. Sometimes, too much of a good thing is simply too much. A couple of these with a cold glass of water… that’s the good life. Enjoy!

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

For Gaps: Use a combination of coconut and almond flour.
For AIP: Omit flax, nutmeg, and use a safe vanilla. Read More

Free and Friendly Foods Almond Cookie Candy

Almond Cookie Candy

I was ready to deem this a fail, until we realized it had great a taste and a unique application. My first thought was to make it into a fondant-like paste for Paleo treats. However, it seemed to break apart after too much use. We were able to make the “idea” of a gum paste flower, as seen in one of the pictures. If you’ve ever eaten a Tootsie Roll, that’s what these have the texture of. They’re like a chewy/toffee/candy/cookie. I know, amazing that something so strange could be so many things at once. It has so many talents 🙂 If I had to go back and do it again (which I will at some point), I’d leave them as dough balls. The dough was really good. Or, I’d make freezer fudge.

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

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Jack’s Paleo & Bakeology Cookie Review

Have you heard of New Leaf Grocery? If you live in the SF Bay Area, it’s in Half Moon Bay. It’s a small Mecca for those of us with food allergies. You can find a lot of options there, including Paleo. I purchased these for everyone to try, and here’s what we’ve decided:

Bakeology Sinckerdoodle Cookies

Kid Two says these remind him of sand. They stay together in your hand, but not in your mouth. They don’t have consistent coloring and the flavor can change a bit from cookie to cookie, but they’re not bad. They’re crunchy, and he seems to like them. He didn’t love them though. 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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Free and Friendly Foods Vegan Macarons

Vegan Macarons

So, a while back I said that I had plans to share this little experiment, so this is me, sharing, because sharing is caring 🙂

I think sometimes it’s easy to go online and look at pretty blogs and think about how easy they must have it because every post is beautiful, and everything looks wonderfully delicious, and the lighting is just right, and there’s a long list of comments, and a million likes on Instagram. Whew. That was a long list. However, the painful reality is that there are so many failed ideas and recipes that simply aren’t shared. Well, I’m sharing one of mine. Read More

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