At the risk of tooting my own horn…

…if you or any of your children have food allergy or intolerance problems, PLEASE make this recipe:  Allergen-Free Breakfast Cookies.

Sometimes, it really seems like God is watching out for my future, as well as my present.  When I started homeschooling, I had no idea that I would eventually have a kid with a learning disability who thrives in a homeschooled setting, but who would likely be pressured by school staff to be medicated, if I had him in a regular school.  I had no idea that I would have a different son with serious food intolerances, an immune disorder, and a life-threatening allergy to peanuts.  Again, all easily treatable at home, but it would be a rats’ nest if I was trying to navigate him safely through the public school system.  I am part of local Yahoo groups for both allergies and celiac disease, and this is the time of year where conversations are FLYING with talk of difficulty with school administrations and policies, tips from parent to parent, heartbreak, commiseration…  I say a little prayer of thanks as I delete those messages, that they are not relevant to our situation.

More than a year ago, I developed the above recipe simply based on the fact that my cupboards were bare of our usual breakfast foods.  But, now that my baby needs me to be:

  • gluten-free (well, I have to be gluten-free, so she is by default)
  • soy-free
  • dairy-free
  • egg-free
  • almond-free
  • banana-free
  • yeast-free

and… it’s now looking like she has problems with POTATOES*, of all the hypo-allergenic foods, I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel for breakfast foods that have at least a modicum of healthfulness.

Enter my “accidental” recipe from last year.  Seriously, it’s one of the most unique-but-successful recipes I’ve developed.  They are so good, yet also so healthy, AND free of all of the allergens that bother my baby Fiala.  What a “coincidence,” eh?

Yesterday afternoon, we were in desperate need of groceries…  Well, not really desperate;  we have food in the house.  But, we had a dearth of items that I could eat.  Beset by hunger pangs, I snacked on half a can of Bush’s baked beans!!  Ack.  So, making those cookies this morning, enjoying their hearty tastiness, knowing they were altogether safe for Fiala (I think!), wrapping some up to freeze…..  It just felt great, all around.

Only tangentially related:   I love fresh fruit, but by the 4th or 5th day after going to the grocery store, the fresh stuff is gone, and I’m combing the cupboards for something dried or canned.  So, during my late-night shopping trip, I got prunes (and raisins and cranberries).  Wrinkle your nose if you may, but I like ’em, and so do my kids.  I filled a bag with pound and a half of gooey, healthy, sweetness (on sale!).  After putting the groceries away, I sat down with my current book and five prunes.  I left the bag — bad Mom! — on the coffee table when I went to bed.  It was found by our dog, who, apparently, adores prunes.  She chewed the bag open, and consumed all the contents, as evidenced by the bits of sticky plastic spread around our family room this morning.  My 12yo, whose job it is to daily collect the dog waste, is not pleased.  I’m just mad that the prunes are gone.  😡

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*Not sure about potatoes, yet.  But, her skin was greatly improving from the antibiotics she’s been on since Friday, and from eliminating eggs, banana, almonds, and yeast.  Then, on Monday I gave her a few chunks of red potato — she LOVED them, but woke up yesterday with red, crusty, peely cheeks again.  I wasn’t sure if it was potato that was the problem, and I went ahead and gave her potato again last night.  Her cheeks are worse this morning!  So, potato is out.  I’m going to do my own little patch test later this morning, when she awakes from a nap.  In the meantime, this is a really interesting page on potato (and other) allergens.

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About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on July 15, 2009, in Allergies, Babies, Celiac Disease, Cooking/Baking/Food/Recipes, Dairy-free, Digestive Woes, Dogs, GFCF, gluten-free, Medical Stuff, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’ve had two children very allergic to potatoes. They were allergic to all nightshades (potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes). It was a fun few years dealing with that. Israel outgrew it. Luc had a miracle and was healed in an instant.

    They used to itch and cry and break out in terrible rashes if there was even a trace of nightshades in their foods. So sad.

    • I’d forgotten about that, Daja! We never eat eggplant — makes my mouth itch… Hmmm…. — but we very often eat potatoes and tomatoes, daily even. Peppers 2-3x/week. I’m going to, as soon as I’m done replying here, do a little patch test on her back with peppers, tomato, and potato.

  2. it’s entirely possibler she wont always be intolerant of those foods. when they gut gets upset from a food that’s i your diet for a logn time which you’re allergic or intolerant too, it will start reacting to all sorts fo food (leaky gut syndrome). This has been true for me. I’m having problems with leaky gut which is what I thin Ven is bothered by most in my milk. more than the actual food I eat.

    I know some people are allergic to potatoes but for some reason it seems like an unusual thing. I bet more people are than who realize it.

    • Yes, bless God. We’ve never done a gluten challenge with her, but I’d be SO surprised if she turned out to have celiac disease. Almost every other food intolerance or allergy is most often outgrown, so even with the laundry list of foods I/we can’t have, to me, there’s hope, because it does not seem permanent to me.

  3. Not to start a battle in the mommy wars, but I really think that my sons’ food allergies were a result of vaccinations. Neither showed any allergies until vaccinated. And they are the only two boys who have been vaccinated. And the are the only two that had food allergies. The others, vaccine free, have never had problems with any food.

    Never took up that subject with a medical doctor, it’s just Dr. Mom connecting dots! 🙂

  4. glutenfree4goofs

    Daja, I’ve had that experience as well! My oldest is vaccinated and has been the most unhealthy of my four kids. My 2yo though, has never been vaccinated and does have food allergies but all easily “mom diagnosed” (so far) because of his diaper and face rash. Besides that, he is never sick. So I don’t know about it completely taking away food problems afterall we alter food so much our genetic makeup can’t KEEP up!

    BUT…My 1st (the immunized son) has had a slew of complications throughout his little life- asthma, raspy voice, constant colds, weak immunity, RSV (hospitalized and artificially breathing 1wk as a toddler), ear aches, headaches, random skin irriations etc. Not to mention celiac. I do agree with what you are saying, I’ve seen it first hand even though my younger son still has food allergies there are not the other factors.

    Karen, I can’t wait to try this recipe! I wonder how many (if any) of the foods that Fiala can’t tolerate have to do with high pesticide load. I’ve found that with Judah he is extremely sensitive to that. Apples, potatoes, pears, grapes, strawberries… but when he eats organic or home grown he seems fine. Just a thought!

  5. Karen Joy, I just got around to looking at my comments and the comments back (I didn’t even know there WAS such a place until I clicked it by accident!) Anyways, you asked for my recipe for boo-boo cream about 4 weeks ago (sorry!), and I figured you might want the link to it..

    http://spiralowlcreations.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/mommas-boo-boo-goo/

  6. I have to agree with the vaccination thing. My oldest is the only one that has any problems and he is the only one that a full round of vaccinations. Crazy, huh?

    I had a friend who had the nightshade allergies. I don’t know why I never thought of that before. I hope that helps her so much. Bless her Lord!

    • Well, it’s a little too late for us to not vax. I prayed about it when my oldest was a baby, and hubby and I talked about it, and though there’s continuing controversy, we decided to go ahead and do it, and I don’t find it fruitful to second-guess decisions that are too late to change… though I don’t mind you (and Daja) bringing it up, for the possible benefit of others who might read this.

      It does seem, in my own mind, that if vaxes have any negative effect, it would be tied to the fact that they stimulate the immune system, and perhaps they OVERstimulate it, leading to allergy problems. I’m less-convinced about its connection to autism. My son who has autistic tendencies (and is ON the spectrum, according to our doc) showed symptoms BEFORE he had ANY vaccinations, like when he was 1-2 months old. He had an inborn lack of “understanding” of cause-and-effect, down to the extreme basics of, “If I cry because I’m hungry, my mom will feed me.” He was the world’s quietest baby, would never cry to get anything, then would nurse RAVENOUSLY when I fed him… again, this was before any vaccinations. 😦

  7. A thought….

    it may have been before the vaccines that he showed signs, but did he have a vitamin K shot at birth? Because vitamin K still has themerosal (mercury) in it.

    I don’t know a lot about it, but I have heard of people have success with chelation therapy (or using herbs that are natural chelators) to under the negative effects of themerosal.

    I don’t know exactly what that would involve, but I knew a naturopathic doctor a long time ago who would use some therapies to sort of cleanse the system of the effects of vaccines.

    I guess just something to think about.

    On a different note…

    I just too my little one into the doctor for a check-up and the new doctor said, “does she have all her vaccines?” I said, “No. None.” He looked shocked! “Why not?!” he demanded. I said, “Two of my sons have had bad reactions to vaccines, so we are postponing them until she is older.” (Actually we won’t get them, but he didn’t need to know that.) And he didn’t even question me after that. He just said, “Oh, OK.” I was so relieved! I’ve had to fight with doctors so much over this that I was so happy that he just dropped it.

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