Easy Dairy Free and Gluten Free Strawberry Cobbler

The morning started by my oldest daughter M, asking me what I was going to do with all the frozen strawberries in the freezer. She is our family organizer and the strawberries were cramping her style while she was organizing the fridge and freezer compartments. I decided to go to google and search for an easy cobbler recipe. I found this recipe on The Spruce website. The reason this recipe caught my eye is that it used all real ingredients and I would be able to substitute my dairy free products for all the milk products. As many knows, I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy last year along with previously being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. Doesn’t this picture display deliciousness?

Strawberry Cobbler

You are going to love how this recipe is so easy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of strawberries

For the Cobbler Batter:
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup gluten-free coconut flour
1 3/4 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
6 tablespoons melted earth balance dairy free butter
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the Topping:
1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon for topping

Directions:

gluten and dairy free strawberry cobbler

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 11×14 glass pyrex dish with olive oil or your spray of choice. Pour the strawberries into the baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, egg, melted earth balance butter (keep 2 tablespoons to pour over batter), coconut milk and vanilla. Beat until well blended. I used a fork to blend.
  5. Evenly spread the batter mixture over the strawberries.
  6. Pour the remaining melted butter over the batter and top with sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. The batter will be golden brown.
  8. Enjoy!

Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Cobbler

We are changing treatment plans for L’s Eosinophilic Esophagitis

L - July 2017After lots of prayers and discussions, we have decided to change treatment plans for our L. As you know, her original diagnosis came in early 2016. We had never heard of the words eosinophilic esophagitis. The only thing we knew was our daughter was really sick and losing weight very fast which led to her being near failure to thrive. Fast forward 17 months later, and L has gained 31 pounds. Praise the Lord! She looks so healthy. She has been on an elemental formula diet during this entire time and drinks approximately 10 little boxes of Neocate Splash. The Neocate is providing the nutrition she needs but L is really wanting to eat real food. She has managed to only gain two safe foods during the last year and a half, pears and sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, L has so many regular food and environmental allergies, that we are not making any progress with food trials. After meeting with her team last week at the Children’s hospital, they all agreed it was time to change routes.

We have decided to start L on a daily steroid slurry routine.  She started yesterday and will be taking the slurry twice a day. We have to make the slurry each time with pulmicort respules and packets of stevia sugar. This will coat her esophagus in hopes that she can pass more food trials. I did not want to go the steroid route, but L’s mental health is very important to us. Can you imagine not eating food when everyone around you can eat food? Our society revolves around food so much. She deserves this chance. The pros outweigh the cons of steroids.

She will be introducing a new food in two weeks, then another food two weeks later, and then another food two weeks after that. After that time, she will be scheduled for a scope day at the Children’s Hospital to see if the steroids are keeping the eosinophils away. We are praying this steroid will be the answer for our L. We will never quit praying for a cure each night.

L will continue to drink her prescription formula, Neocate, but we are hoping she will be able to reduce her formula intake each day. As always, we are here to share L’s journey in hopes we can help other families. Please stay tuned for progress updates.

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free No Bake Energy Bites

Ever since L’s diagnosis, we say no to processed foods. We enjoy knowing what is in our foods that we eat. We are all healthier and living a more natural lifestyle. Each week, I love making the no bake energy bites for a quick snack during the day. They are delicious and so easy to make.

No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients

1 cup 100% dry oats (gluten allergy or intolerance ensure it is gluten free oats)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flaxseed

Directions

– Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Put the bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
– After time in the fridge, take a spoon and scoop enough to make a ball in your hand.
– I was able to make 20 balls.
– Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Enjoy. Your entire family will enjoy these bites. You will be making them each week!

Her strength amazes me – #eosinophilicesophagitis

I would be lying if I said that seeing pictures of families having cookouts and roasting marshmallows by the campfire did not make me sad. Friends, I started crying this weekend when I saw a family enjoying s’mores together. My heart just hurts for my L. There are moments that I am weak and this weekend was one of those moments. God gives us strength and I know he gives L strength to continue on her journey each day. Food is all around us and in our faces everywhere we go. As L’s mom, I try to make her comfortable while she is drinking her formula. At 12 years old, we get questions of why she is drinking formula or only eating pears and sweet potatoes. For people that do not know about her disease, their jaw drops every single time when I explain about the disease. The next phrase out of their mouths is “How does she do it?” L answers with the same answer, God gives her strength. Oh tears, friends.

We do not leave the house without her backpack and in that backpack, I ensure she has her formula, pears and sweet potatoes. Also, I include the elemental candy she can have which is 100% pure sugar. People have made comments of why we let her have so much sugar, but why wouldn’t we?

L with animalsL’s happy place right now is with animals. The stress and anxiety goes out the door when we see L smile ear to ear when she is surrounded by animals. This girl has a way with animals.

Recently, we were visiting my aunt’s farm and the donkeys just proceeded to come right up to L. It was a priceless scene. In that moment, we did not think about her eosinophilic esophagitis, all the medicines that she needs to take, or her sugar getting too low. It was a moment of our girl having fun and enjoying being a child. This is how life should be for her. My goal is to try and not let her rare disease take away her joy. God has big plans for our girl and we are going to be cheering her on every step of the way. L and I sat on the couch and cried together earlier this week because she said she was thankful God gave her this disease as it has made her stronger in her faith. She mentioned, if God only allows her to have two safe foods, she will be grateful for those two foods. This girl is simply amazing. Her strength will be a huge testament to others. If I’m having a bad day, I just think about L and her living her days with very little food options. Just look at her smile on her face? That is a face of perseverance and strength.

With all the pollen in our area, it has wrecked havoc on her little body. We are not able to do a food trial right now but hoping in the next few days, the pollen counts will drop and we can start another food trial. Failing a food trial is so hard on her as it brings all her symptoms back and takes a toll on her day-to-day activities. We will never stop praying for a cure.

L, you are my hero!

We have exciting news!

Jen from One Moms World

This was truly the best weekend ever. We were surrounded in love with our family and enjoyed celebrating a big event. L and I will be releasing an update on our YouTube channel on Tuesday to tell you the big news. We hope you are subscribed to our channel so you will get the notification when the video goes live. God is so good and we are giving Him the glory for this great news!

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