Hello, friends. I hope your week is going well. Today, I have a few gluten/dairy/egg free holiday treats for you. They’re not new recipes but they are by far some of my favorites so I wanted to highlight them again because nothing says Christmas like peppermint and chocolate, am I right?
The first is one of my all time favorites, my Mini Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Pies! The Vegan Chocolate Mint Truffle ice cream is back at Mitchell’s and it’s the star of the show in this dish. If you’re not fortunate enough to be able to get your hands on it, try your favorite vegan chocolate ice cream and add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil or extract.
Another favorite is my Peppermint Bark, which is a huge crowd pleaser and the perfect dessert to take to your holiday parties! It’s gluten/dairy/egg/nut free and so easy to make with your kids! If you love chocolate, give it a try!
I also get questions from parents this time of the year about ways to support kids and families with food allergies during class parties at school. As a parent with a child with an egg allergy, I have to say there are few things I appreciate more than when a parent who is bringing in a treat for the class thinks of him. Having said that, I also don’t expect it. His teacher has a stash of egg free treats (Rice Krispie treats) to give to him when they have a birthday treat at school that he can’t eat. For holiday parties though, I really like to provide him with the same thing that everyone else is eating, if possible, and will reach out to the room parents to try to make this happen.
I have to admit, I can’t even talk about this without thinking about the movie, Bad Moms or the book, Class Mom. If you’ve seen or read those, than you know what I’m talking about!
Last year, I was the class mom and made the entire class egg free cupcakes. This is my go-to recipe for chocolate cupcakes for my little guy and I use it for every birthday for him. The cake is also dairy free, although it isn’t gluten free. I top them with a traditional butter cream frosting but use could easily substitute a dairy free frosting, if needed.
If you’re a parent planning a class party for kids with allergies, I would recommend the following:
Reach out to the parents to see how you can respect the child’s food allergies and incorporate it into the party. This doesn’t mean you have to make something that’s gluten/egg/dairy/nut/etc. free! In fact, if the child is anaphylactic, it’s quite likely the parent will not want you to prepare something for them due to fears of cross contamination. This is also likely if the child has Celiac Disease. They may want to send something in that’s similar to the other treats though so it’s nice to let them know what’s being planned.
If they are not anaphylactic or Celiac and the parent is comfortable with you providing the treat, there are lots of good options out there. There are so many good store bought treats that are allergy friendly now. If you’re avoiding eggs and/or dairy, Whole Foods sells great vegan cookies. Rice Krispie treats are also a great allergy friendly treat (although watch out for dairy in them if you use butter!). If you want to jazz them up for the holidays, try drizzling some chocolate on them and top them with sprinkles. An ice cream sundae bar is another great option, just let the parent know so an allergen friendly ice cream can be provided. Traditional ice cream obviously has dairy in it, but many also have egg and gluten! Savory treats are also fun! Try making a party mix with some popcorn, pretzels, and chocolate candies.
Like I said before, most parents will not expect you to accommodate their child’s food allergy in your party planning, but it sure is thoughtful if you do!
Disclosure: The allergen friendly options I suggested are based on my own experience. Be sure to always check ingredients and confirm with the parents/teachers of the child before providing a child with an allergy anything!