Milk and Wheat Allergies, With a Recipe for Cookies for All the Family
Baking for a family who have individual requirements owing to food allergies can be a challenge!
For many years when he was a child, my son was on a diet which excluded all milk based products. even the minutest amount of milk, say in a cookie, gave him diarrhoea and caused him to wet the bed at night (nocturnal eneuresis).
It is believed that milk can cause a build up of mucus in the body. One place where it can develop is the bladder. When this happens there is insufficient room for urine, so the small child cannot hold it in at night. It has been found that a significant number of children who wet the bed are allergic to milk, something which many conventional doctors do not necessarily understand.
We proved this time and time again - every time he accidentally ingested milk, however small a quantity, (perhaps a friend gave him something unwittingly), he wet the bed that night.
It wasn't until he was referred to the ENT specialist for middle ear problems that it became clear that milk definitely was the culprit. My son also had a build up of mucus in the middle ear and it just so happened that the specialist was an Indian doctor with an interest in Ayurvedic medicine.
Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine believe that milk causes all sorts of problems in the body because of mucus build up (incidentally, my husband was recently advised to go dairy free owing to middle ear problems and eczema). Talking with this doctor made us feel exonerated, rather than deluded.
In addition to my son's problems, I too was struggling, this time with wheat and wheat based products such as pasta. I experienced pain and distension, along with other symptoms, and more recently suffered terrible problems with food not being able to exit the stomach, causing extreme discomfort and breathing problems. The worst episode occurred shortly before Christmas last year when I ate wheat based noodles a couple of hours before going to bed. I was up until 6 am that night in terrible distress.
Investigations revealed nothing (I am not celiac), but it was concluded that I am wheat intolerant.
As a result of these experiences with myself and my son, I have, over the years, devised recipes which suited us both and were fine for the rest of the family too, as well as providing nourishment.
Cookies are always popular with children, but shop bought ones, as well as often containing 'forbidden' ingredients also contain a lot of rubbish which is low in nutritional value as well as being high in saturated fat and other nasties.
Here is a delicious recipe for dairy free/wheat free cookies.
It is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans, and if you are celiac these are fine if you can tolerate oats, as some celiacs can.
Basic Cookie Recipe
4oz rolled oats
6oz oat bran - helps lower cholesterol and contains calcium, protein, iron, thiamin, phosphorous, riboflavin, magnesium and zinc.
2oz crushed linseeds (flaxseed) - contains omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium and manganese as well as lignans which may prevent type 2 diabetes.
2oz ground almonds (almond flour) - contain essential minerals as well as protein
6oz molasses sugar - contains appreciable quantities of essential minerals and iron.
1/4 pint rice bran oil - Naturally Rich in Vitamin E (Tocopherol and Tocotrienol). Both Types of Vitamin E are natural antioxidants that help fight cancer. It also helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Tocotrienol is plentiful in rice oil. High in Oyzano which is a powerful antioxidant only found in rice bran oil. It is more active than Vitamin E in fighting free radicals. Oryzanol may be effective in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, reducing liver cholesterol synthesis and treating menopausal disorders. Phytosterols are nutrients with many health benefits and are more abundant in rice bran oil than any other oil. Phytosterols reduce cholesterol, provide anti-inflammatory effects, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, improve the immune system and have other health benefits. There are 27 different phytosterols in Rice Bran Oil.
a dash of another oil such as walnut oil or pumpkin seed oil (optional)
2 beaten eggs
a pinch of salt
Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly. The sugar will have to be worked by hand to remove most of the lumps. As can be seen in my photo, some lumps remain, but they add interest to the baked cookies. Add the oil and the eggs. Mix well and leave to stand for an hour to soften the oats.
Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment or greaseproof paper, set the oven to gas mark 4, 180C/350F.
Meanwhile, form the mixture into small balls and flatten onto the baking trays to make cookie shapes measuring approx 3- 3.5" across. I find I can fit 9 on a tray.
Bake in the preheated oven for approx 15mins. Turn onto a cooling rack.
Above is the basic recipe. You may like to experiment with different ideas. for example -
* Add cinnamon or mixed spice
* Chopped nuts
* Seeds (try toasted sesame)
* Raisins or other dried fruit
* Cocoa powder for chocolate cookies
* Grated (shredded) carrot
* Dessicated coconut
For an intersting variant, use light brown sugar instead of molasses, replace the flaxseed with more ground almonds, and add 6 teaspoons of apricot kernel powder. This gives a lovely marzipan flavor and is reputed to have anti cancer properties.