Your Girl almost lost her mind trying to figure out what to eat while following an elimination diet that included all grains, milk/milk products, eggs, nuts, soy, beans, seeds, and so many other things. Why so extreme? Well, my little girl who was a baby at the time would react to every single thing I ate while I nursed. The individual food elimination process was unhelpful. It was after doing 3 allergy blood tests that I found out that my daughter was literally allergic to everything I was eating and possibly other foods. Say what??? What the hell did I end up eating??? Cabbage, garbanzo beans, celery, and carrots because they were the only things that did not show up on my daughter’s allergy test as positive. For a typical person, this would be a lot. But for a nursing mom, it was stressful on the mind and body beyond belief.
Amazingly, my calcium, iron, and protein levels were just fine, (which goes to show that we really don’t need to eat meat to get enough protein… but I digress). My weight, on the other hand, was a concern to my doctor who told me that I needed to gain 25 of the 45 pounds I lost. The hard thing about our ordeal was that I could not eat any of the ‘allergy-free’ packaged foods available because my daughter had 16 food allergies which included every possible alternative. I studied every isle out there in the world of Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Safeway or any of the local health stores. Without success of discovering the ‘chosen one’ of breads, I decided to create my own. In fact, I created several. But now that allergies are SO FREAKN’ common amongst children, I’m seeing those same isles getting stocked with more and more gluten free, nut free, soy free, even corn free items. Someone at Whole Foods finally got the right idea to stock Otto’s Cassava Flour with a recipe that gave me new life.
This is one of the easiest allergy-free breads you can make. I won’t take credit for this one though, as it is on the package of Otto’s Cassava Flour. I just adjusted the recipe by swapping olive oil with sunflower oil in this video because I wasn’t sure how olive oil sat with my daughter’s digestive system at the time (glad to say she can have olive oil just fine! Good times, friend:)). Also, sunflower oil has a more buttery flavor instead of the slight bitterness from olive oil. Salt is optional.
Enjoy!!!! Let me know your thoughts.
3/4 cup Cassava Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
1/4 cup Water
If dough feels crumbly add more water 1 TB at a time until it feels like play dough
If dough is too sticky, add more flour, 1 TB at a time until it feels like play dough