I’m not a coffee drinker but I do really love Tiramisu and since we’ve become a largely egg and dairy free household, it had never even occurred to me to even attempt a Dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan Tiramisu until someone asked if there was any way I could come up with one. Well anyone who knows me well knows I absolutely love a challenge…so coming up with a dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan Tiramisu was my task for the week! Fortunately my day off from uni happened to coincide with a delivery of some (new to me) gluten free flours to try out from Food Compass so I thought I’d give them a go while I was at it. I was given a banana flour and a cassava flour which I mixed in equal quantitates with quinoa flour for my baking mix.
Cheesecake would have to be one of things I miss most! And any time I have stupidly strayed from my no-dairy stance, cheesecake is generally my weapon of choice. Which I always end up regretting in a fairly major way 🙁 I have tried to make allergy-friendly versions before, the most successful probably being when I could get soy cream cheese easily, but I can’t find it anymore…and honestly, the texture was always a bit weird. Anyway, I thought I would have a play around with using tofu as the base, expecting the texture to be quite strange and need a fair bit of trial and error. But I was super impressed, it is completely smooth and creamy and most importantly, yummy! My Mum who is an avid dairy-consumer and very honest critic thought it was delicious too! Double win 🙂 It has a very faint taste of soy but definitely not a strong one. It also has quite a ‘cheesecakey’ taste which I know all the ‘cheesecake missers’ will really appreciate!
Allergy friendly Chocolate Mousse with a chocolate coconut crumb and raspberries GF DF EF NF Paleo and low sugar diet friendly
It is ridiculously hard coming up with recipes that suit all the different allergy friendly camps: gluten free, egg free, dairy free, nut free…then the Paleo, no sugar….AAAAARRRRGGGHHH brain freeze! So usually I just choose a couple and try and fly with it. Today I got a bit brave and tried to come up with something that would suit a whole lot of people…just to be nice 🙂 Oh and mostly because I wanted to eat something with chocolate. So this is completely dairy, egg, nut, and gluten free. It is also free of refined sugar (other than the minute amount in the very dark chocolate I used), and seems to fit for most Paleo diets. It is quite bitter, which I love, so if you don’t like that, you can use a chocolate with a higher sugar content 🙂 Big apologies in advance to the coconut allergy brigade!
*Disclaimer! I’m not doing Paleo or no sugar diets so don’t know heaps about it: this recipe has a small amount of honey and dark chocolate, the general consensus online is this is acceptable in very small quantities but obviously up to you!
**2nd disclaimer! It’s obviously not a real chocolate mousse. But it tastes yummy anyway.
My middle daughter is my one daughter who takes up most of my mental space when it comes to allergies. I feel like I spend hours every day planning something for her to eat or worrying about what the future holds for her. I try not to think about it too much and just live in the moment but its a losing battle sometimes. She has an insanely small list of foods that don’t cause a major allergic reaction or intense bouts of itchiness which end up in weeks of eczema and staph infections. Of course she is allergic to nearly all the antibiotics too so the infections are hard to clear!