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AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 30, 2011 04:56 AM

My husband has been diagnosed with multiple food allergies including beef, bananas, pork, wheat, spelt, graham, yeast, brewers yeast, eggs, milk including goat milk, apples, almonds, and multiple other fruits. Our greatest difficulty is coming up with breakfast foods. Baking isn't a problem but I am stymied with the multiple whammy of no wheat, milk or eggs. I would like to make him something like corn bread and wonder if I can substitute soy milk for buttermilk and what to use to substitute for eggs. TIA

  1. girleatseverything Mar 30, 2011 06:23 AM

    For the past few months we have cut the grains, sugar, and dairy out of our diet and I have found that to be challenging. It has forced me to use a variety of products that I never would have tried before. I have been able to find some recipes for ingredients like coconut flour, chia seed meal, or flax seed meal and have been able to make some of my own substitutions with coconut milk, or cashew milk. I have seen several recipes using beans as a main ingredient in vegan baked goods. This is one of the websites that I have found that might have recipes close enough that you might be able to tweak for specific allergies http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/

    As far as breakfast is concerned, here are a few of things that we have been making:
    Latkes with a variety of ingredients (zucchini, sweet potatoes, etc
    )Porridge made with quinoa
    Sweet potato hash with chicken sausage
    Homemade breakfast bars (I make these with dates, nuts, and other dried fruit. That's it. They remind me of Larabars)
    Goodluck!

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      AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 30, 2011 08:16 AM

      Thanks for the advice. I checked out the website, found it helpful though she uses a lot of almond products (butter, meal, flour) that is for some reason included in my husband's apple allergy.

      I like the idea of the sweet potato hash but the sausages are made with pork fat or casing so no go. I could though make the filling using ground dark meat chicken or turkey. An idea to explore.

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        girleatseverything Mar 30, 2011 11:32 AM

        I also like this blog as well http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/. She had a few flour blends that so not include almonds. I thought about combining her blends in some of the dairy free recipes I have found but I have not really started experimenting yet.

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      theotherone Mar 30, 2011 04:26 PM

      I'm also off many grains, eggs, and dairy. It's been a lot of fun to experiment with baking. Check out the Gluten Free Girl website as her recipes all use weights and ratios, so substitutions are quite easy. Different flours I like are rice, brown rice, teff, amaranth, quinoa, coconut flours. For oil I usually use coconut oil - though sometimes olive oil or grapeseed. I don't eat soy or almond, so usually use coconut milk, but sometimes rice or hemp. And instead of eggs I use a slurry of flaxseed or chia seeds. Add nuts, dried or fresh fruit, etc.

      Some experiments are better than others, but everything is different and they are all a lot of fun to play around with.

      Smoothies save me for breakfast, though. They are a great way to get a lot of nutrition easily: frozen fruit, coconut milk, rice protein powder, and a splash of agave or honey.

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        valerie Mar 30, 2011 05:12 PM

        I had my son off dairy for a while. This site has a lot of ideas, not just for dairy free, but egg and gluten free too.

        http://www.godairyfree.org/Table/Reci...

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          gimlis1mum Mar 30, 2011 06:58 PM

          What about fried polenta, served with maple syrup and chicken breakfast sausages? Or pour the cooked polenta into oiled muffin tins and add toppings that your hubby can eat (mushrooms?). Let'em cool and then reheat for bfast.

          Can he have barley? Barley flour might work in some baked goods, and hulled barely (not the pearled kind) makes a really yummy breakfast porridge.

          1. adcarter1 Mar 30, 2011 07:14 PM

            My stepson is allergic to milk and eggs so I know how you feel! Try Cherrybrook Kitchens. They make a variety of cake/cookie/brownie/pancake mixes that are egg, nut, dairy, gluten free and the stuff actually tastes good. I warn you, it's not cheap- like $6 a box but it's worth it. You can buy egg replacer at Whole Foods, we use it occasionally but it upsets my and my husband's stomach and just bake as usual.

            1. Emme Mar 30, 2011 08:01 PM

              i feel your husbands pain... dairy/casein, gluten, yeast and anything fermented, coconut, and garbanzos on my list...

              for a cornbread, if he can have rice milk, that might be an option. soy milk is fine too. just mix either with a bit of lemon juice first for the acidic component. it's a shame he can't have almond milk, as i love baking with it. a few options for the eggs... one, as suggested, is the egg replacer from whole foods. there's also tofu plus baking soda. and three, there's the flax seed mixed with water into a paste, if you don't mind the taste of flax seed.

              for breakfasts, if he can have oats (gluten free), then you could do Oatmeal Flaxjacks... using oats, flax, soy or rice milk, sweetener and spices of choice. either fry, or bake in a long sheet pan, then chill and cut int squares, then fry in pan to crisp the edges and leave the inside creamy.

              you could also make a tofu quiche using tofu, substitute milk, add-ins of choice, and leave it crustless... or make a quinoa crust from toasted and cooked quinoa.or a sprinkling of cornmeal over the baking dish (this goes well with a southwestern bent quiche).

              soy grits are a great breakfast cereal, offered by Bob's Red Mill.

              is barley on the list? you didn't mention it, but it seems to go part and parcel with the rest. if not, there's a plethora of preparations for it.

              can he have hummus? that might be nice with veggies he can eat. if he can tolerate buckwheat, you can make buckwheat tortilla/pitas... and you can use a few flours - buckwheat, garbanzo, soy, brown or white rice... they're super easy to make.

              if you opt to make tortillas, if you do a tofu scramble with veg and what not, you could roll them up for a breakfast burrito.

              on a positive note, though stuff may be disappearing, he will feel SOOOO much better. it's wicked, but life-saving. good luck!

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