Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Some of you know that I went on an elimination diet about a month ago so I could test to see if I had a food allergy. I will say it has been great, don't get me wrong when you know you can't have the creamy alfredo sauce or the chocolate brownie you want it even more. I am not even a big brownie person, but it's a mental battle. I made it through and felt great doing it. I would recommend a 21 day cleanse if you will to anyone. It was such a great discipline and such a great break for my digestive tract. Yes you eat the whole 21 days for those of you who think I have not eaten for 21 days. I just had things I had to take out of my diet to make it work.

Anyway, I had some great recipes to use during this time and I wanted to post them for anyone who has allergies or just wants to try to make a healthy version of some traditional snacks. I used all organic ingredients.

Applesauce Bread

1 c. teff flour
1c. oat or rice flour ( I used brown rice flour, organic of course)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 Tbsp. safflower or sesame oil ( I used safflower oil)
1/2 c. brown rice syrup or fruit juice concentrate ( I used apple juice concentrate) Just go to your freezer section and buy the frozen apple juice in a can and let it thaw in your fridge and use that.
Egg Replacer equal to one egg ( to make egg replacer you will use 1/3 c. filtered water and 1 Tbsp. whole or ground flaxseed, I used ground. Just put them in a bowl and let them gel together for about 5 min, this becomes your binder. This recipe is equal to one egg.)
3-4 Tbsp. Apple butter (unsweetened)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl and mix into the dry ingredients. Pour into an oiled 9 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Enjoy!

Banana Bread

1/4 c. walnuts, ground finely in food processor
1 3/4 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. arrowroot
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 1/2 c. ripe mashed bananas
1/4 c. safflower oil
6 Tbsp. apple juice concentrate
Egg Replacer ( equal to two eggs, egg replacer recipe above)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Juice of 1/4 fresh lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix finely ground walnuts with flour, arrowroot,baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the chopped walnuts. In a separate bowl, mix together the banana, oil,
apple juice, egg replacer, lemon and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just moistened. Do not over mix. Pour into a greased 9"x5" loaf pan and bake for 55-60 min or until cake tester inserted in middle comes out clean.

I left my bread in the dish and let it cool and just cut a piece as we wanted. Sean even loved this recipe and we will continue to make it even know I am not still on the diet. It is so good for you and it was yummy!

I also made lentil soup which I am about to make a second batch because it was so good and cheap to make even with all organic ingredients.

Lentil Soup

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large carrots, sliced or chopped ( I used 4 carrots and did not use celery, I just wasn't in the mood for celery)
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 c. red and/or green lentils, well rinsed (I used both)
2 quarts water or broth ( I used 1 qt. organic vegetable broth and 1 qt. water)
Pinch of thyme or any herbs of your choice
Salt to taste

Combine first 6 ingredients and bring to a boil. Add seasonings. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are soft. Green lentils need about 45 min to 1 hour, while red lentils only need 20-35 min. I used both and simmered the soup for about an hour and it was great. If you want a creamier soup you can puree half of cooked soup in a blender. I did not blend my soup.

Tonight I baked oatmeal banana cookies. They have a texture of muffin, but they were yummy.

Oatmeal Banana Cookies

2c. oat flour (you can find it at a health food store or use rolled oats and blend them in a good blender to a very fine powder) I used 3/4 cup oat flour and 1/4c. rolled oats not blended.
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 overripe bananas
1/4 c. sunflower seeds (I used chopped walnuts and just a bit of sunflower seeds, I wasn't crazy about the sunflower seeds so I will only use walnuts from now on or maybe almonds next time.)
1/4c. dates ( I used medjool dates and chopped them)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper lightly oiled. Combine oat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, walnuts or sunflower seeds in a bowl.

Blend bananas in a blender until they are very smooth and put in a bowl and add dates.

Combine all ingredients and mix in a bowl until blended together. Spoon out a tsp. batter onto baking sheet. Bake for about 12 min.

I found this recipe here.

Well, let me know how it goes and if you have any cool recipes to share or let me know if you tweaked them at all so I can try too!

1 comment:

Mary Beth said...

Thanks, Jen. I have a friend who has a little guy who is allergic to SO many things. I forwarded this to her. I am sure she would have some great tips for you in your allergy diet!

Hope all is well with you.