I work hard to find non-candy ways for my son to enjoy Valentine’s Day, but I also don’t want him to feel left out. And I think one day, he’ll appreciate the effort I went through to give him his very own special chocolate candies.
Now that my son is OK to have peanuts, it’s opened up some opportunities on the snack and dessert front. One of my personal favorite combinations of all time is peanut butter and chocolate. But with my son’s other allergies, he can’t have Reese’s peanut butter cups. And I find this to border on tragic. Sooo … I made my own chocolate peanut butter cups.
One of the reasons I hate buying grocery store cakes is the frosting. It's typically shortening-based and not nearly as good as homemade. Like, not even close. I'd rather have good-tasting than good-looking frosting. Even though we couldn’t have dairy — so no butter and no milk, both of which I'd normally put in my frosting — my son could now have nuts, so here’s my alternative to traditional buttercream frosting.
I love homemade ice cream, and I love my Cuisinart ice cream maker. (I love it so much that last year for Christmas I asked for a second freezer bowl so that I can make two batches in a day.) Last summer, I did allergy-friendly, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free sorbets. But I was really looking forward to a creamier treat. Now that we can do cashew milk, this has become my son’s fave ice cream.
Since we don't do eggs, nuts or dairy, baking can be a challenge, but I've found that it's easy to modify Libby's pumpkin cookie recipe (a favorite from my own childhood) to make it vegan and allergy-friendly.