Allergy Friendly Baking – Cooking with Kids is a paid post with The Modern Milkman who provide fresh product delivery. I adore baking with children. It was one of the things I really loved doing with my boys when they were younger and it has really paid off as now they are teenagers and they do it off their own accord and I get to taste their delicious offerings.
But it can be really challenging when one of your household has food allergies, especially if you are cooking with kids. I have learned the hard way, that not all allergy recipes are created equal and you don’t want to have to do all the research yourself to make sure you end up with a tasty treat, Food waste in any climate isn’t great and with the cost of living crisis it is critical.
What I need in an allergy-friendly recipe when cooking with children is a simple, easy-to-follow recipe that works. Baking with children is stressful enough without allergies.
It is getting easier and easier to find substitutes for common ingredients that people are allergic to and you can pick up egg substitutes in most supermarkets and can find gluten-free flour and baking powder in the free from aisle. When baking with kids I love a baking mix and I have a great hack for you – A box of Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Mix but instead of adding the eggs, oil and milk add a can of coke instead and you have an egg-free cake! This works for most box mixes.
One to One Ratio Alternatives
- Milk – Replace for the same amount of unsweetened plant-based milk (we like to use oat milk for baking). Check out these great plant-based milk recipes.
- Butter – replace with dairy-free baking block
Our Favorite Allergy-Friendly Baking Recipes
Nigella’s Flourless Brownies
We were first introduced to these amazing brownies by my friend Trudi and since then we have baked them again and again. This recipe is naturally gluten-free as it is flourless, but it can be further adapted to be diary free by using dairy-free chocolate chips and a vegan baking block (we have done this really successfully). We never make the chocolate sauce, they really don’t need it and are amazing served with ice cream (If you are looking for a great inexpensive ice cream that is s vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free and kosher check out Sweedish Glace which is made from soy).
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but are only officially classed it when they are processed in a nut-free factory. This is our tried and tested chewy flapjack recipe and they are brilliant for making with kids.
Egg Free Biscuits
These egg-free biscuits are super simple to make and perfect for making with children as the dough is really forgiving and it is perfect for using with decorative cookie cutters. You don’t need an egg replacer and it is a great bake for little hands.
Dairy Free Shortbread
Classicly shortbread is made with butter, however, we love to use a butter alternative and it makes for a delicious shortbread. We have also made some flavoured shortbread by adding coco and have even made earl grey tea flavored shortbread.
Chocolate cornflake nests
It doesn’t get much simpler than these chocolate cornflake nests and you can always swap out the cornflakes for rice crispies. No bake, but lots of fun and easy to make. We have also made ones with popcorn and white chocolate!