Tips for Enjoying Halloween with Food Restrictions
Plan ahead! When possible, look online for favorite candies and snacks and see if they are gluten free. Some treats that are normally GF or allergen free have different ingredients in the special holiday versions, so always double check. Here’s the H alloween candy list from last year (2007) and I will post this year’s when it is available.
Stash safe bags of candy at friend’s houses for your child, and make that one of your first stops.
Talk to teachers and parents about focusing parties around activities (like pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, costume contest) rather than just trick or treating.
Pre-stock your Halloween bag with foods that are allowed for your child (and/or you) so that you can safely snack along the way.
Have a trade in. Your child can trade the “gluten-y” candies and treats for “safe” treats, or games, stickers, yo-yos, toys, prizes, special outings, etc. You can either stash the problem candy somewhere out of reach, or donate it to the foodbank. Oriental Trading compan y has a bunch of inexpensive fun toys.
I know it’s only October, but it’s a good time to start thinking about the holidays. You can make life easier by just making sure you/your hostess gets a gluten free brand of turkey. I’ve got a Turkey list here.
Fruity Apple Bars:
Since apples are in season, this is is a moist and tasty nutritious snack. You can either buy pre-ground almonds or make them by grinding almonds in your food processor until they are just starting to clump. If you grind too long, you’ll get nut butter. You can also get creative and substitute different nuts or dried fruits.
8 dates 1 egg or one “flax egg” (3 Tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon ground flax seed)
1 1/4 cup almond meal 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 1/2 cup dried apricots 1/4 cup (one small box) raisins 1 cup of chopped unpeeled apple, which is about 3/4 a small apple 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325 and line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper.
Heat 1/2 cup water on the stovetop or in a microwave. Add dates, allow to sit for a few minutes. Drain dates and puree it with the egg or flax egg in a food processor.
Mix all other ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl, then add in the date paste and mix until everything is wet. Pour into prepared pan and press down evenly. Bake for 28-30 minutes.
Allow to cool or the bars will be crumbly.
Recipes around the web:
Heidi of 101 Cookbooks just posted a beautiful looking quinoa recipe
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