"Hi, Victoria! I wanted to let you know that Bobby and I can make the party next weekend, but I'm dairy-free because of my son's allergy"
"I'm so glad you can come, Ashley! No worries, there are tons of food options that don't include dairy and we can let Jason know and he can cook your burger on foil separately so it doesn't get near the spray."
"Oh thanks Victoria! I love cake and you always make the prettiest cakes, so I'm looking forward to eating that too. Gotta go, bye!"
Oh no..... the cake!!!!!!
This week, I want to talk about ways to make your desserts for your celebrations allergen friendly. As a Mom who has a child with severe dairy and soy allergies, I know what it's like to have to cut it all out of your diet and being afraid every where you go. Of course it's not mandatory to provide allergen friendly food, but if you know you have a close friend or family member with food allergies, it's always nice to make sure they have a safe food option if you can, and who doesn't love dessert?
Some of the most common food allergies are to dairy, soy, and tree nuts. A common misconception is that cutting out milk solves a dairy issue, which is actually not the case. There are so many hidden items that contain dairy, so a great resource is Kelly Mom- she spells out all of the hidden dairy items and even gives you samples of items that may contain milk protein. Soy is also something you find in many food items you would never expect. Kids with Food Allergies has a very comprehensive list of things to avoid.
First, lets look at some options you have to provide allergen-friendly dessert options.
- Offer a completely different type of dessert- fruit cups, mango allergen-free "ice cream", allergen-free granola bars, gluten-free vegan pop tarts, double-chocolate paleo banana bread bars
- Offer a modified version of the dessert- Have 2 versions of the birthday cake- one smaller that is allergen-friendly
- Offer the modified dessert- ask your baker to accommodate the allergen needs.
You also have the option to make the dessert yourself to ensure the safety of your guest(s) and prevent cross-contamination.
Here are just a few links to some amazing recipes and great substitution ideas:
- Egg substitutions
- Dairy substitutions
- Gluten Free/Dairy Free Strawberry Cheesecake
- Vegan Boston Cream Pie Pudding
- Vegan Chocolate Rose Cake
- Dairy Free Chocolate Frosting
- Dairy Free Soy Free Buttercream Frosting
Being allergen friendly can be as easy and inexpensive as purchasing a Duncan Hines cake mix and mixing with a can of soda or other ingredients you likely have on hand!
While being allergen-friendly is certainly not a must, I can tell you from experience, it is most appreciated!!
What's your favorite allergen friendly dessert? Share in the comments below. Don't forget to check out our Pinterest page for more amazing allergen friendly dessert ideas!