After about three years of disagreement with my son’s primary care provider I decided that I needed to find someone who could help us with his GI issues. On most days he was doing fairly well from all the changes we had made, every once in a while he would get into something that was on our list of “no-no” foods and he would have issues. The problem now seemed as if the issues were progressing and as the holidays approached the issues were not what I considered not acceptable. After the holidays passed I rang his primary and said here is the deal, no more games I want a referral to see a GI specialist. I lost the battle. I was so disappointed.
I was not going to give up. His issues were now a health concern I was not going to avoid. I needed answers scientific proof of what was going on in his body. Answers we got…I still think even more than the naturopath had expected. Now two months later we are on the road to health and healing. The only question left was “WHAT DO I FEED THIS KID?”
His allergies (or intolerances as some like to call it…my body sends its army I consider it an allergy…we are just blessed it is not life threatening) include gluten & wheat, egg whites, and citrus; we have avoided milk (except cheese) for so long that it may or may not be on that list and soy has been out for our family for a while as well. Preservatives and food dyes have also been off our family list for some time. There goes almost anything you might think of picking up at the store!!
Except for the blessed Go-Go Squeez’s, that is another story!!
The only recipe I had was my original bar recipe…I knew I could make that gluten free and he would not know the difference. Mind you he was a super picky eater buy this time, of course EVERYTHING hurt his little tummy!!
The other piece to this story is the transition from “bar” to “cookie.” As much as my middle son liked bars my littlest loves cookies. I worried for a while he would grow up thinking he could eat as many cookies as he wanted but since he has to be gluten free not really a worry anymore. My daughter likes them better too because fourth graders can be mean and would tease her about her bars…nothing a cookies can’t fix. So there you have it our Protein Bars have transformed to Gluten Free Cookies.
Protein Bars gone gluten free cookies
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup granola or rolled oats (GF)
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup milk (we use rice or almond milk because of milk allergies)
- Optional: Chocolate chips or Craisins
Don’t forget to make sure all the ingredients you use are gluten free!!
Make a flour powder using the dry blade of a Vitamix combining the almonds, granola, and cashews.
In large mixing bowl mix all dry ingredients. Slowly add in milk to create a dough. Scoop in to cookies shape.
Bake in oven 350° for 6-10 or until golden on edges.
Enjoy! When cooled of course.