Allergy Friendly Holiday Recipes

Ah, Christmas-time!  Gingerbread cookies, Christmas spritz cookies, fruit cakes, chocolates and egg nog.  Well, not if you have food allergies.  If you are an adult, you can reason your way out of enviously desiring your neighbor’s cookie, but when you’re a kid, it’s a little bit more of an emotional trial.  As a mom with two food-allergic boys, I am often looking for, what I call, “replacements.”  These are items that I can use as replacements for traditional (allergy-ridden) foods so they don’t ever feel like they are missing out.

Since, Christmas is two weeks away, and Hanukkah even closer, I thought I would provide blog followers with a big fat juicy list of allergy-friendly recipes and shopping links so you can eat happily this season without worry! 

* Please keep in mind you may need to switch out or eliminate other allergens in the recipe in order to make it safe for you and yours.  I listed them by the main ingredient that is eliminated.

Egg Free Recipes
Gingerbread cookies – http://artofdessert.blogspot.com/2008/12/gingerbread-man.html
Macaroons – http://artofdessert.blogspot.com/2008/11/egg-free-coconut-macaroons.html
Shortbread cookies – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/shortbread-christmas-cookies/detail.aspx

Dairy Free Recipes
Egg Free/Dairy Free Meltaways – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/egg-free-meltaways/detail.aspx
Top 10 Dairy Free Christmas Cookies – http://www.godairyfree.org/201112095356/News/Nutrition-Headlines/A-Dozen-of-the-Best-Dairy-Free-Cookie-Recipes-for-the-Holidays.html

Allergy Friendly Places to Shop Online
www.peanutfreeplanet.com (anything and everything you could want)
www.vermontnutfree.com (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!)
www.divvies.com (cookies, candy, cupcakes)
www.enjoylifefoods.com (cookies, chocolate chips, lollipops, cereal, etc)
http://www.gilbertsgourmetgoodies.com (cookies, cookie dough, gift baskets)

Allergen friendly candy
Candy canes – www.spanglercandy.com (dum dums, candy canes, safe-t pops, smarties rolls)
Jelly Beans – www.gimbalscandy.com (jelly beans, sour lovers, cherry lovers, honey lovers)

Great allergy living blogs
http://thefoodallergymom.wordpress.com
www.allergymoms.com
http://nut-freemom.blogspot.com/
www.allergicliving.com

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