Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

I recently attended the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (FABlogCon) in Denver. This is my favorite conference and some of my best blogging friends attend each year.

There are many reasons I love FABlogCon and go each year.

  • Great session about blogging, social media and more.
  • Informative sessions from food allergies experts.
  • Meet the best sponsors that bring allergy-friendly products.
  • Discover the latest innovations in food allergy technology.
  • Connect with other bloggers!!!

I’ll admit that the last point is my favorite. I love connecting with other bloggers. Even though I’m primarily a plant-based blogger I jumped into the world of food allergies when my youngest son was small. He is no longer allergic but I had found my tribe. Plus, food allergy bloggers totally understand avoiding dairy, eggs and more.

We no longer have to avoid gluten or peanuts but I know many of you do so I continue to create allergy-friendly recipes and mention substitutions when needed. Plus, I’ve fallen in love with some of the allergy-friendly brands like Enjoy Life Foods, Soy Nut Butter, Zego, So Delicious, and more!

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference Instagram Giveaway

Who Should Attend FABlogCon?

There are three kinds of people who should consider going to FABlogCon.

  • Any blogger but especially food bloggers
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about food allergies
  • Brands wanting to learn more about food allergies, blogging or social media

There really is something for everyone.

In addition to all of the helpful sessions, the chefs accommodate even the most restrictive diet. I loved splurging on Daiya non-dairy yogurt every day. Their peach flavor is life changing! I also found another non-dairy milk option, Good Karma flax milk; and a gluten-free and vegan bread, by BFree Foods.

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference Instagram Giveaway

Want a Taste?

I know it’s hard to travel to conferences. If you’d like a taste of the what it’s like to travel to FABlogcon I’ve got some swag for you. (swag is all the stuff you bring home from sponsors.) I’ve picked some of my favorite products from the conference that would handle being shipped. I’ll also include some coupons for other products.

Enter to win a collection of some of my favorite products from FABlogCon on my Instagram! It’s easy as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Follow me on Instagram.
  2. Like one of the contest posts (more will come until the contest ends).
  3. Tag a friend (up to 3) for extra entries and use the hashtag #FABlogConSwag

I’ll pick a winner on November 27th and ship a flat rate box full of swag to one winner in the U.S. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

*Please read the labels. Most products are allergy-friendly but may not meet your specific food restrictions.

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

Every year as Halloween approaches I’m conflicted about what to give out. First, I’m not a big fan of Halloween in general. Second, I’d rather not hand out pounds of candy or have my kids receive it.

I know Halloween will be a fun memory for the kids and the one day a year that Arizonans all come out of their homes at the same time, so we participate.

Since we have experience with food allergies I try to be sensitive about what I had out each year. This year we are handing out a special treat to kids with food allergies.

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I’ll have an assortment of allergy-friendly candy but the main treat is Sun Cups! Think about your favorite peanut butter cup but without peanut butter, plus the chocolate is dairy-free!

Fruit flavored candy seems to be the safest for food allergies and anything chocolate is usually out of the question. (See my friend Megan’s list of allergy-friendly candy.) Even if the chocolate candy doesn’t contain nuts, cross contact is always a concern. I’ve always been a chocolate lover so if I’m going to eat candy, I want it to be chocolate.

That is why I’m so excited about Sun Cups! I’ve enjoyed Sun Cups in the past but they are newly dairy-free and top 8 free. It’s a win-win for dairy-free chocolate lovers!

If you want to avoid giving out candy at Halloween you can always go with non-food treats for your trick or treat visitors too. I like glow bracelets, bouncy balls, and generic Halloween toys.

It may be too late to order your Sun Cups from Amazon but you can still find them in local stores. My Sprout’s, Target and Whole Foods carry them. I’m still ordering my glow bracelets using my quick Amazon Prime shipping. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial to see what I mean!

What are your Halloween traditions?

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

This post is sponsored by the SoyNut Butter Company. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between my breakfasts and desserts! I usually like a sweet breakfast and the SoyNut Butter in these Pumpkin Muffins makes them perfect for the morning.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with SoyNut Butter

I’ve always had a sweet tooth. When I was a kid I’d often get donuts or sugary cereal for breakfast. I clearly remember going to the donut shop and getting a long John and a can of coke. Even when I make a savory breakfast, like my Breakfast Hash, I’ll want something sweet to follow.

I created these Pumpkin Muffins because I’m yearning for the cooler temperatures of fall. I didn’t want them to be super sweet and only appropriate for dessert. I wanted these Pumpkin Muffins to be a bit heartier and suitable for breakfast, even for people without a sweet tooth like me.

Pumpkin and SoyNut Butter Muffins that are gluten-free

With or Without Chocolate Chips

With chocolate chips the Pumpkin Muffins are a decadent dessert. Without chocolate chips they are a delicious breakfast that pairs well with fruit and a cup of coffee (for the grown ups).

My husband is not a fan of chocolate so I’ll often scoop out half of the batter then pour chocolate chips into the remaining batter so we are both happy.

Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Muffins

Allergy-Friendly

Like most of my recipes, these muffins are allergy-friendly. They are gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. I use a gluten-free flour blend from Jewel’s Bakery and dairy-free chocolate chips. I also use SoyNut Butter which is my favorite peanut butter substitute. It has the look and feel of peanut butter and tastes comparable considering there are not nuts. It’s perfect for families with a peanut allergy.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin and SoyNut Butter Muffins

If you haven’t had a chance to try SoyNut Butter today is your day! Enter to win a pack of SoyNut Butter! You’ll get a jar of regular and a jar of chocolate! The chocolate is to die for!

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins with SoyNut Butter

We’ve been enjoying these muffins for breakfast, after school snacks and desserts. You can’t really go wrong with these Pumpkin Muffins!

Pumpkin Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Muffins
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup SoyNut Butter
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • ½ cup plant-based milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups gluten-free flour blend
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Measure out ½ cup SoyNut Butter into a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour in the 15 oz can of pumpkin and plant-based milk, stir very well.
  4. Dump in the sugar and vanilla then stir again.
  5. Sprinkle all of the spices, salt and baking soda into the batter.
  6. Pour in the gluten-free flour blend and mix everything together. After everything is mixed together you may add chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Spray cooking oil into muffin pan and scoop batter into muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes (you can test at 25) but allow to cool for 10 minutes at least.

 

Handling Food Allergies at School

If you have a child with food allergies, the beginning of the school year can be a scary time. If you don’t have a child with food allergies you probably don’t understand what the big deal is. Let me explain and offer some helpful tips for navigating food allergies at school (even when it’s not your problem).

For kids with food allergies, the smallest amount of their allergen can be life and death. Imagine for a moment having to be concerned about staying alive at school. I’m not exaggerating.  Between breakfast, snack and lunch time there are many opportunities for kids to come into contact with foods that could hurt them.

Food Allergies at School

Thankfully, or maybe I should say miraculously, my son outgrew his peanut allergy. I had been dreading the start of kindergarten because I was very concerned about him coming into contact with peanuts. Even if kids washed their hands, food comes in on clothes and faces (my kids can’t be the only ones who leave breakfast on their shirts).

Even though I don’t have to worry about food allergies any more I will always be aware of how food allergies impact families.

What You Need to Know About Food Allergies At School

Food allergies aren’t once size fits all. Some allergies are more common than others but without knowing which food allergies are in your child’s classroom it is hard to keep all the kids safe. Ask teachers if you should avoid certain foods due to food allergies. Some teachers will inform you on their own but some will not. [Read more…]

Chocolate Hearts

I don’t really get into holiday decorating or crafts, but I love holiday food. Valentine’s day is all about the chocolate. At least my Facebook feed is all about chocolate.

When you avoid dairy, holidays like Valentine’s Day can become a little more difficult. I stress the word little because there are great products that make it easier.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Hearts that are top 8 free. [Read more…]

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