Tips & Tricks

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Once you get used to living with allergies you quickly discover new products and foods out on the market that you haven’t noticed before. To save your family some time I thought I’d share with you a few tips and tricks that our family learnt along our journey.

  • Egg Allergies and Egg Substitutes
    Our family quickly learnt that eggs are in a LOT of food products, from baking to soups and even wine. We had to adapt almost all of our favourite family baking recipes to accommodate Ella’s egg allergy but after a lot of trial and error we found the perfect egg substitutes.

    • Pureed Apples & Mashed Banana
      In most sweet recipes 1 egg can be swapped out for either ¼ cup of pureed apples or ¼ cup of mashed banana. For the pureed apples I prefer to simply peel, dice, boil and whizz my own up but you can use store bought apple puree or apple sauce too.
    • Flaxseeds
      Flaxseeds are cheap to buy and full of great nutrition so we use them a lot in our cooking. For savoury baking I use 1 tbsp of ground up flaxseeds (I buy flaxseeds whole and grind them in my nutribullet) which I then soak in 3 tbsp of water until absorbed. The resulting mixture replaces one egg.
    • Vegetable Oil
      If your baking recipe only calls for 1 egg then swap it out with ¼ cup of vegetable oil. Veggie oil makes beautifully moist cakes and muffins but, and here’s the but… if your recipe calls for more than 1 egg go with another egg substitute as any more oil than ¼ cup could make your recipe too oily and greasy.
    • My Oil, Water and Baking Powder Concoction
      Using vegetable oil, simply whisk 2 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp of oil and 2 tsp of baking powder to form a paste. This replaces 1 egg and works very well in biscuits and cookies.
  • Peanut Replacements
    Now that Ella can’t eat peanuts or more importantly peanut butter, we’ve become a sunflower seed butter family. I toast and whizz up sunflower seeds with a pinch of salt and it makes the most delicious nutty paste but without the nuts! Ella loves it on toast with a squeeze of honey on top. It’s also great on sweet muffins fresh out of the oven
  • One of the best bits of advice would be to always read labels on pre-packaged food. Traces of peanuts hide in more pre-packaged food products than you realise as well as eggs and dairy products. I use a great app called Healthy Food Allergens GMO which allows you to scan supermarket items for a quick breakdown of ingredients. It saves you reading the ingredients list for yourself as it quickly outlines any potential risky ingredients for you. It’s not a free app but the cost is very minimal and the benefits of the app are well worth it. You can check out the app on iTunes.
  • Wear a Medical ID bracelet. This is super important for Ella as we’re not always going to be with her when she starts school or visits friend’s houses. Medical ID bracelets save lives and Ella doesn’t leave home without hers. She’s too young to communicate her allergies so in the event something goes wrong her Medical ID bracelet will do all the talking for her.

I’ll add to this list as I discover new products, food substitutes and recipes but if you have any tips you’d like to share, please do so in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Cathy