Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake
You may have seen a pretty delicious looking Plum Cheesecake circulating around social media lately, which has had me drooling…..only catch is, it is absolutely laden with no-go ingredients for our house. So this Dairy and Egg Free Plum and Ginger Cheesecake has been sitting in the back of my mind ready for a remake….we just so happened to have a big BBQ/party to go to this weekend so I had a bit of an experiment. The first attempt was really good, I made it again the next night. It is honestly REALLY yummy! I didn’t tell anyone else at the party that it was allergy-friendly (other than the hosts who know our situation) and had a bit of a laugh to myself as I watched everyone diving into it.
This version features a ginger biscuit base, which can easily be adapted to make this recipe gluten free. I have two children who are fine with wheat and one who absolutely cannot, so I ended up just making it normally then scooping the top section off for my gluten free kid. Obviously if you are dealing with Coeliac Disease or are really concerned with cross contamination this wouldn’t be wise. If I was making this gluten free, I would probably just buy the gluten free ginger biscuits and proceed normally, but if you would rather make the base, there are shortbread recipes on here using gluten free flour which you could just add ginger to.
The middle section is like a cross between a fruit mousse and a chilled cheesecake. It has tofu and Italian meringue made from chickpea brine…don’t let this put you off if you are new to these ingredients….you honestly cannot taste them in the finished product. Then it has a sour jelly topping which kind of ties all the layers together and helps the dessert not taste too sweet.
Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins
We usually make these Egg, dairy, gluten and nut free peppermint thins as part of our Christmas presents to teachers as I think they are a really lovely gift….you really wouldn’t know it was an ‘adapted-for-allergies’ version! My 9 year old has always loved making wee presents for her extended family so she asked if we could make these for her Grandparents the other day. I had a ton of requests for the recipe after I shared a pic on Instagram, so here goes! We hope you all love them too 🙂
I’ve loved Sticky Date Pudding since forever and I happened to have some dates leftover from a Wedding Cake I’m making so thought I’d have a bash at making this Dairy, Egg and Nut Free Sticky Date Pudding since my youngest REALLY loves cake. And dates. It went down a treat with some lovely visitors I had today and the two kids that can eat it in my house both love it. The eldest mostly because she has some weird infatuation with anything caramel.
How to turn sensory water beads into an awesome learning opportunity
I’m all about free play with my 3 crazy kids and I love setting up art and craft activities which are completely open-ended and just sitting back to see where they will take it. If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know my kids have wildly different temperaments so it’s always really fun seeing the different directions they take things.
Have you tried using sensory water beads with your children? They are awesome fun, and I got a packet of a thousand for less than $2 on aliexpress. They are so simple to use: you literally just tip them into a bowl of water and you can watch them fluff up right in front of your eyes. They have the most glorious feel.
Warning: these are not safe to be swallowed, so obviously watch little children really closely.
You may have seen a Facebook video circulating around for a particularly naughty but yummy looking dessert…I did, and have come up with this Dairy and Egg Free Lolly Cake Cheesecake as a pretty awesome substitute 🙂 It has a lolly cake base: for those new to this amazing New Zealand birthday party food tradition, this is generally sweetened condensed milk, butter, crushed biscuits and Eskimo lollies (a sort of chewy marshmallow confectionery): obviously not a very allergy friendly snack! I’ve made a few substitutions to make it egg and dairy free. If you need it gluten free as well, use gluten free biscuits and safe marshmallows. If you can’t find Eskimos, any sort of chewy marshmallow will do.
A May Contain Goodness subscription box review and giveaway
We were lucky enough to receive some boxes of the new allergy-friendly subscription box by May Contain Goodness which was pretty much like Christmas for my girls! I’ve also got two boxes to giveaway so keep reading for details on how to win this awesome prize 🙂
The day my daughter turned DIY Gummy Bears into an impromptu Maths Session and an awesome giveaway!
This Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Peppermint Slice is ridiculously easy to make and perfect for adding a special treat to the kids lunch boxes 🙂 It’s also nut free and would be very easy to adapt to be gluten free by substituting a gluten free flour mix (I use a bit less).
This Egg and Dairy Free Dumpling Soup is made from a chicken broth base with lots of fresh vegetables. For those who are gluten free, I’ve added a wheat free option which I made for my middle daughter who is allergic to wheat on top of lots of other foods. It’s also a really fun meal for the kids to help with..you might want to check the sealing of the dumplings though before cooking….you will thank me later! One of our favourite family meals is Dumplings, so I make lots and keep half for the next night. We will have them in a broth the first night then boiled and pan fried the next with rice and steamed veges, so it feels like we’ve had two quite different meals.
After reviewing other boxes for My Food Bag, I was really interested to hear about the new Bargain Box so I was excited to do this Bargain Box Review to see what the meals were like and how they would fit with an allergy family 🙂 I hope it’s helpful for you all too!