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Dairy, Egg and Peanut Allergy

My son's first birthday is coming up and I wanted to get some kind of "sweet" for him to celebrate however, he cannot have dairy, eggs or peanuts at this point. Any suggestions?

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My neice had the same problem and they made her a "banana cake" Just smashed some banana's up and made it look like a small cake. The baby had not had bananas yet so she thought it was a real treat

My grandson had the same allergies at a year old, but could eat doughnuts. Have you tried them yet? For some reason cooked egg and dairy did not bother him. Cake also wasn't a problem for him.

He has outgrown most of his egg and dairy allergies but will never outgrow the peanut allergy. We gave and still do give him egg whites. The yolks were what he was allergic to.

Good luck!

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My son was also allergic to those items (well, mostly eggs and wheat) so for his first birthday I got a mix from our local health foods store (like Whole Foods or something) that was wheat-free and vegan. It turned out really good. In fact, some of the guests enjoyed it as well. And it was much easier than doing something from scratch. Also, Trader Joe's has their No-Pudge Brownies that you can make w/ apple sauce and it's pretty good. Congrats on making it thru your first year!

take care,
J. C

We have 2 kids with this issue. Some years i make two different cakes. ( my son also has wheat allergy). Actually, there are a lot of great recipes out there for dairy-less, egg-less (and nutless) cakes. you can substitute flax seedds/water for the egg for instance. Our favorite was an orange cake that used real orange juice. theres another one called two bowl cake under CakeCentral.com. This one is chocolate: (you can get nut-free cocoa powder from Vermont Chocolates on-line to make sure theres no cross contamination and i think also no milk if you get the dark chocolate). Anyway, the recipe is this: 3 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 5 Bbsl cocao powder, 2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp salt, 2 cups cold water, 2/3 cup veg oil, 2 Tbsp distilled white vinegar (your key ingredient!) and 2 Tbsp vanilla. Oven at 350. Combine dry ingredients. Then add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir with fork; do not beat. Pour into ungreased 9X13 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
Enjoy! it's nice and moist and yummy. Otherwise, you know, start your own traditioin, you don't have to do cake. Best to you!

Check the web for vegan recipes. They are be definition dairy and egg free. I've got two one white and one chocolate, can't find right off, that make terrific cakes. Then you can just substitute some soy milk when making frosting.

Or call around for a vegan bakery.

I'd get him some sorbet. Trader Joe's carries lots of delicious flavors with no artificial stuff in them. You could even stick a birthday candle in a scoop to celebrate. Congrats on your little boy's first year!

You can find recipes online of course, but Cherrybrook Kitchens makes dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free cake mixes. They also make gluten-free ones too. My daughter's preschool uses them for kids' birthdays, and we decided to use it for her birthday since there were a few kids with allergies. They were actually pretty good for a mix. You can make it into cupcakes. They make frostings too. http://www.cherrybrookkitchen.com/

You can buy them at Whole Foods, although not every store has every kind.

Hi A.-

My son is allergic to all top 8 (actually 9 because he can't have sesame either:-( Ener G Egg Replacer is a great product that I use for baking. You can use a regular cake or brownie mix and then replace this with for the eggs. Applesauce with an added teaspoon of baking powder is also a good replacement for eggs in baking. For frosting, you can use rice, soy or oat milk (really whatever he drinks) with powdered sugar and vegetable shortening. The Whole Foods Allergy cookbook is my best resource:-)

Good Luck!!

My neice had the same problem and they made her a "banana cake" Just smashed some banana's up and made it look like a small cake. The baby had not had bananas yet so she thought it was a real treat

I make all my cakes from a cookbook called "How It all Vegan." Though I'm not vegan (vegans eat no eggs or dairy or meat) I still find these the best cakes and easiest to make. I used to work in a restaurant where the dessert chef made only vegan desserts--all delicious. It is certainly possible to eat great treats that contain no eggs, dairy or peanuts.

One favorite is called "Six Minute Chocolate Cake" found here: http://www.recipezaar.com/133387

Happy birthday!

I made vegan banana muffins for my child's first birthday. I found a recipe online. I also substituted maple syrup for the refined sugar and they turned out great!

Black China Bakery in Santa Cruz produces a whole line of delicious and beautiful vegan cakes. You can call them ###-###-#### to order and pick up in Santa Cruz, or most of the Whole Foods in the Bay Area carry them, and you can special order through Whole Foods to be delivered.

I love this chocolate cake--makes great cupcakes too.
http://www.recipezaar.com/133387

You can do a traditional frosting, instead of this glaze, just substitute the butter & milk with non-dairy items. Vanilla soy milk is great, but it gives a gray-ish tone to the frosting, so I usually make chocolate (melt some unsweetened baking squares and add in) or tinted.

Just another tip, you can substitute 1/2 the flour with whole wheat flour for a little more nutrition. No one will notice!

Dried fruit and/or POPSICLES.

My son doesn't like cake so we have a birthday tray of rice crispy treats. Easy, easy, easy. Just rice crispies, marshmellows and margarine!

My grandson had the same allergies at a year old, but could eat doughnuts. Have you tried them yet? For some reason cooked egg and dairy did not bother him. Cake also wasn't a problem for him.

He has outgrown most of his egg and dairy allergies but will never outgrow the peanut allergy. We gave and still do give him egg whites. The yolks were what he was allergic to.

Good luck!

If you are looking for easy, try the Cherrybrook Kitchens brand of cake and frosting mixes. They are typically free of all...just look on the front of the box. I buy them at Whole Foods. Good luck!

My daughters las b-day a boy came and he could not have any milk or eggs. The just brought some multi layered jello.

Hi A.,

I feel your pain! My 3 1/2 year old daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, egg and dairy, although her egg and dairy allergies are not life threatening like the others listed. I saw that you already received some cake suggestions/recipes. My daughter doesn't really like cake, so on special occasions she loves Tofutti Cuties - non-dairy desserts. They are mini "ice cream" sandwiches made from soy milk. I wasn't sure if they had egg in them or not, as my daughter can have trace amounts of egg, but I checked their website and it doesn't look like they do.

Happy Birthday to your son - and good luck!

It's pricey, but Cafe Gratitude in San Rafael (and Lettuc in San Francisco) both have excellent desserts that would be safe for your son and delight the adults in his life. However, fresh organic fruit can also make everyone happy, especially this time of year with stone fruit & berries in season.
If "ice cream" is desired, there's sorbet and "ice creams" made with almond milk rather than dairy or even soy. You can get them without sugar as well. Again, Cafe Gratitude makes a good one (available at Good Earth as well in Fairfax) as well as Roxanne's, available at several groceries in Marin like Good Earth, Woodside Market and maybe Whole Foods.
Good luck. At least there are many excellent alternatives readily available now that didn't exist 20 or even 5 years ago.
Happy birthday to your son!

Hi,
My son is the same!! For his first birthday I was told to go to Whole Foods and they do a GREAT cake that fits all your needs. It was also suggested to make rice crispie treats which I thought was great.

Go to Cherrybrook Kitchen.com and we did cakes/frosting/cookies/brownies from them and they are very tasty. They are expensive but worth it as they are easy to prepare and yummy!!!

Good luck!!!

I've made these cupcakes every year for my son's birthday -- and they always go over big (even with adults). They are dairy, egg, and peanut-free and only have 1 cup of sugar -- the remainder of the sweetener is orange juice. I'll attach a link to my sister-in-law's blog for the recipe:
http://comfortkitchen.blogspot.com/2005/07/creamsicle-cup...

I usually leave some of them unfrosted and the rest I cover with a lemon glaze instead of the full frosting (I've never liked frosting much anyway). You can always use fun inedible decorations (candles, etc) instead of candy to make it festive.

Best of luck,
S. O'Neill

Our son just turned one and we made him a healthy cupcake that had no egg, wheat, dairy or nuts (walnuts were optional in the recipe, I left them out and they were not missed.) They came out tastey and even the adults at the party were eating them. The recipe came from mothering magazine. Carrot, apple, banana muffins. We used brown rice flour instead of spelt and left out the walnuts as mentioned but they were really good.
Happy Birth day!

You can still make a cake but you use Ener-G's Egg replacer and rice milk. :)

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