May 11, 2013
My instagram caption for this, “My sister’s brownies. Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and lacto-ovo-free. It’s all good. #brownies @tipsyo”
Who knew a photo of fudge brownies would get so many readers asking for a recipe? We had this for dessert tonight at my sister’s house. She has a toddler who’s got some food allergies. In an effort to manage his food needs, my sister changed her and her husband’s diet as well.
Even before Gwyneth released her cookbook on gluten-free meals, my sister was already living this lifestyle. The past couple of months have taught me a lot about managing food allergies because of my little nephew. And yet I still know so little. My kids don’t have allergies, thank goodness. But I, on the other hand, am starting to show intolerance toward seafood and shell fish, I think. I’m not really so sure. I am still in denial. I’ve loved shell fish my whole life. So those are my issues.
Back to the brownies.
My sister made an allergen-free batch of brownies. Everyone loved it — the other toddler nephews, my daughters and all of us adults. It was chewy, moist and chocolatey! It contains no nuts, no eggs, no gluten, no milk. And it had dairy-free chocolate chips!
She got the recipe from Imperrfections blog. I’m reposting it…
(makes one 8×8 pan)
1/3 C white rice flour (or any gluten-free all purpose flour)
1/3 C white sugar
1/3 C brown sugar
1/4 C cornstarch
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
1/4 C oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional: 1/3 C dairy-free chocolate chips (my sister used dark chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 inch square baking dish. In a medium size bowl, mix together the rice flour, cornstarch, sugars, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add applesauce, oil, and vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips then spread batter in the prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or so. My sister cut them into one bite pieces.
My sister doesn’t have a blog or a public Instagram account, yet. We are encouraging her to start one. I think if she did, she could be of help to so many parents whose kids are dealing with food allergies. Or anyone on a special diet. She has so many awesome recipes!
Speaking of allergies, in the US 1 out of 13 kids has a food allergy. It’s a serious issue. And tomorrow is the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week. I got this info from my friend Heidi G. Find out more here. Please spread the word.
Anyone in the Philippines dealing with food allergies? Feel free to share your stories, recipes, links in the comment section. Thank you!