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AIP Friendly Delicious Vanilla Pudding

AIP Friendly Delicious Vanilla Pudding

Who doesn’t love vanilla pudding?

This vanilla pudding is auto-immune paleo friendly – no dairy, no refined sugars, no eggs – so it’s a good helper for anyone with Top 8 food allergies, FPIES, or eating carefully due to IBS/IBD. And though it technically contains a nut in the coconut ingredient, I’ve found in my pediatric nutrition practice that coconut is often tolerable for kids who are allergic to other nuts.

So simple, just six ingredients, and simple to make. It has more of a custard feel and is sure to please. Enjoy this warm with a softer texture from the stove (perfect for older infants and young toddlers), or chill for an hour or two for classic firm pudding texture and a cooling treat. It’s also a serious calorie boost at about 360 calories per serving – a plus for picky eaters or kids with weak appetites who need a shortcut to daily intake goals for growth and gain.

Be sure to stick with the recipe and use coconut cream, not canned coconut milk, “light” coconut milk, or coconut milk from a carton. Only the coconut cream lends the thick texture that makes the pudding work. Option to dabble the top with favorite fruit pieces, organic roasted flax meal (this brand is my favorite, found some at Costco), or crushed nuts if safe for your child. If you haven’t used arrowroot starch before as a thickener, this brand has worked well for me and is in many supermarkets, but there are also organic options available. To keep it strictly casein and dairy free, and for optimum texture and taste, use ghee instead of butter. Lastly if you are avoiding Top 8 allergens be sure your vanilla flavoring is gluten free.

AIP Friendly Delicious Vanilla Pudding
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Ultimate delicious vanilla pudding. Or is it custard? Coconut cream is key here, for good thick consistency
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
10 min
AIP Friendly Delicious Vanilla Pudding
Print Recipe
Ultimate delicious vanilla pudding. Or is it custard? Coconut cream is key here, for good thick consistency
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Open 2 cans of room temperature coconut cream (not coconut milk) and empty them into a blender. Blend on high until evenly homogenized and the solid pieces are equally blended through to a thick cream consistency. Measure off 20 ounces (2 and 1/2 cups) and set aside.
  2. In a sauce pan over low-medium heat, combine the honey, arrowroot starch and salt. Stir continuously to combine evenly, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add measured coconut milk and turn up to medium high heat. Stir continuously until thick, 5-8 minutes. Do not boil, and don't let the bottom burn.
  4. Once thickened, remove from heat or reduce to very low heat. Continue stirring while adding the vanilla and the ghee. Mix these evenly throughout.
  5. Pour into individual serving cups. Add any desired toppings, cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge til firm. Option to enjoy the pudding warm from stove and less firm, if desired.
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Holiday Snickerdoodles – Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free

Holiday Snickerdoodles – Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free

Cookies like Ginger Snaps or Snickerdoodles are a holiday tradition! This version lets anyone enjoy and participate with replacements for gluten, dairy products, and processed sugar. Choose soft and chewy with a shorter bake time, or make these more like a crisp ginger snap with a longer bake time.

I chose a flour blend in this case for a young client who was moving out of a food sensitivity for almond. We were slowly reintroducing almond sources while restoring gut biome and health. The blend of grain free flours with some almond flour helped make it a success, and the texture was perfect! You can also make this recipe using only almond flour for the full amount as shown here, if you want strict SCD, GAPS or Paleo compliance. And if almond butter doesn’t work, try sunflower butter or any other safe nut or seed butter. Sunflower butter is quite bitter when unsweetened, so consider adding a dash of stevia (either in glycerite drops or powder) if you would like to improve the flavor without affecting texture.

Holiday Snickerdoodles - Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free
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A perfectly spiced holiday cookie that works for most any elimination diet or food sensitivity. For SCD, GAPS or Paleo compliance, use only almond flour for the full 1 and 1/4 cups. Option to add colorful sprinkles to cookies just prior to bake, or stir in chocolate chips or chopped nuts too!
Servings Prep Time
20 cookies 15 minutes
Passive Time
8-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 cookies 15 minutes
Passive Time
8-12 minutes
Holiday Snickerdoodles - Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free
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A perfectly spiced holiday cookie that works for most any elimination diet or food sensitivity. For SCD, GAPS or Paleo compliance, use only almond flour for the full 1 and 1/4 cups. Option to add colorful sprinkles to cookies just prior to bake, or stir in chocolate chips or chopped nuts too!
Servings Prep Time
20 cookies 15 minutes
Passive Time
8-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 cookies 15 minutes
Passive Time
8-12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease two medium or one large baking sheets, line with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, use a sturdy wooden spoon to stir almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. It will be stiff. Add almond milk as needed to make this whip smoothly into an even, thick liquid texture.
  4. Mix wet ingredients into the dry and stir thoroughly to evenly combine. The dough will be very sticky.
  5. Grease your palms with a small amount of coconut oil. Scoop spoonfuls of batter into your palms to make ~1" size balls. Place these about 2" apart on the cookie sheet. The coconut oil on your palms makes this task go more smoothly and gives the cookies a nice texture, add more to your palms as needed.
  6. Bake time varies. For a soft chewy cookie, try an 8-10 minute bake time. For a crisp snap cookie, bake 12-15 minutes. Either way, bake until cookies begin to firm up on the outside.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes on baking sheet before moving to a wire rack or serving plate. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

For SCD, GAPS or Paleo compliance, use only almond flour for the full 1 and 1/4 cups. Option to add colorful sprinkles to cookies just prior to bake, or stir in chocolate chips or chopped nuts too!

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Soothing Split Pea Soup

Soothing Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is a cold weather classic. It’s a simple, savory meal or a side, satisfying and nourishing. And this split pea soup recipe is a safe option for Low FODMAPs, Paleo, and SCD diets. It’s gentle to digest and a good option for little ones struggling with FPIES. It’s an easy early food for babies and toddlers mastering utensils. My recipe goes the extra mile to include rinsing, soaking, and slow cooking the split peas – checking all the boxes for flavor and digestibility. Little work and easy to assemble, let this simmer in the background while you multi-task.

To comply with SCD, use a no sugar organic bacon like this one, and soak peas overnight. Soaking overnight will help digestibility for FPIES and low FODMAPs too. As always, organic ingredients will make a better tasting product!

Soothing Split Pea Soup
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A thick warming soup that makes a meal on its own - or expand for a family meal with grilled Bratwurst or sausage, hearty bread (like Kim and Jakes Gluten Free Peasant Loaf), and bright-flavor greens like arugula.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Soothing Split Pea Soup
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A thick warming soup that makes a meal on its own - or expand for a family meal with grilled Bratwurst or sausage, hearty bread (like Kim and Jakes Gluten Free Peasant Loaf), and bright-flavor greens like arugula.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3 hours 3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the dried split peas in a colander. Place in a large pot and cover with filtered water, so that peas are ~ 2 inches below surface of water. Place lid on the pot and let soak overnight.
  2. Once soaked, rinse peas through in a colander once again, and set aside.
  3. In your large pot, melt the bacon fat and add minced celery, garlic, and scallions. Saute until nearly soft, but not burnt or browned.
  4. Add finely chopped uncooked bacon and saute until bacon pieces are clear and starting to crisp slightly.
  5. Add salt, paprika, and red pepper, and combine thoroughly with minced vegetables and bacon. Then stir in the drained peas and combine once again. Keep heat on low - medium, to allow slow cooking but not browning.
  6. Add chicken broth, and turn heat to high. Bring to a near boil, then reduce to steady low simmer. Simmer for 3 hours, checking occasionally to stir ingredients and keep from sticking to bottom of pot.
  7. Adjust seasoning as desired, and stir to a thick even consistency. Peas should be mostly disintegrated into a smooth soup. Serve warm with rustic GF bread or any accompaniments as desired.
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Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding

Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate? What’s not to love? This Chocolate Chia Pudding is so easy and so good. Unsweetened plain cocoa powder is one of my favorite foods to recommend for kids. Here’s why you should let your kids enjoy it:

  • It has a good mineral profile, providing zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and copper.
  • It is rich in polyphenols, which lend antioxidant power.
  • It might even help you boost good cholesterol – that is, the high density lipoprotein (HDL) that helps cholesterol work healthfully in the body.
  • It has an array of all macronutrients too, including protein, carbs, fiber, and fats.
  • Plain cocoa powder is unsweetened and has no cane sugar – which means you can get its health benefits when you use it in all sorts of recipes.

This Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe brings together a bunch of all-good ingredients, giving you a fast easy option to store bought sugary pudding cups. Besides cocoa powder, the recipe’s chia brings the pudding texture to life while delivering its own complement of minerals (potassium, calcium,  phosphorus), omega 3 fats, protein, and fiber. Full fat canned coconut milk – another go to in many of my nutrition care plans – gives high calorie, easy to digest fats that work well for a fast-access energy boost, without sugar. These fats, called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), have an array of health benefits for heart health, weight loss, and even immune support. And good local organic honey – raw if your children are over a year old – will give antioxidants, more traces of minerals, and all the sweet you need.

For Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding, just blend ingredients and chill – it will set in 1-3 hours. I’ve had some batches set quickly, while others take longer – in that case, I’ll add an extra spoonful of chia and give it another hour or more to set.

 

Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding
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Rich and creamy, deep cocoa flavor, with soft texture of gelled chia seed. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Paleo Chocolate Chia Pudding
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Rich and creamy, deep cocoa flavor, with soft texture of gelled chia seed. Enjoy!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a blender, food processor, or with hand mixer, combine all ingredients but the chia seeds. Process until texture is smooth and all ingredients are evenly blended.
  2. Fold in chia seeds, so that they are evenly distributed throughout the pudding mixture. Cover and place in refrigerator until firm.
  3. If pudding hasn't set after two hours, stir in 1 more tablespoon chia seeds and allow another hour for it to set.
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Ground Turkey Larb – Fast and Easy Kid Friendly

Ground Turkey Larb – Fast and Easy Kid Friendly

Larb (aka Laab) is a Thai dish that can be modified nicely for young eaters: It’s not too spicy (unless you up the heat), it can be fast and easy to make, and it has a good profile for protein and minerals, thanks to turkey or pork and a line up of fresh herbs. The generous garlic is a good gut health helper, with antimicrobial action and ability to bust up biofilm. Traditionally, larb is a spicy ground pork dish crafted into an aromatic salad and served with toasted rice and sticky rice. If you get a chance, enjoy it at an authentic Thai restaurant soon.

For your home table, make this fast version inspired by the real thing. Even babies learning pincer grasp feeding can enjoy it, provided they are sitting well, and have skills settling in for chewing, swallowing, along with some baby teeth. Older kids can enjoy this with brown rice, sticky rice, congee, or in lettuce wraps. It’s shown here with congee and a side of roasted zucchini.

Ground Turkey Larb - Fast and Easy Kid Friendly
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A simple fast savory dish that can be enjoyed across ages. Use organic ingredients for best flavor and health.
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ground Turkey Larb - Fast and Easy Kid Friendly
Print Recipe
A simple fast savory dish that can be enjoyed across ages. Use organic ingredients for best flavor and health.
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 adult size servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: adult size servings
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook on medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes; do not burn. Add turkey, smoked paprika, chili flakes( if hotter spice is desired, omit if not), salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until turkey is browned, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in tamari, and chicken broth, simmer for a minute. Then add scallions, mint, and cilantro. Cook until turkey is done, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add lime juice and stir evenly throughout the skillet.
  4. Serve with hearty lettuce leaves like butter lettuce or romaine for lettuce wraps, or over sticky rice, congee, or any side your kids like.
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