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

Our Reaction to the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 {Video}

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Despite some cloud coverage, we were able to experience our first total solar eclipse. I checked out of work early and went straight to sign out M from her first day of school so we could experience this all together. L put together this video of our reactions. We were pretty excited and will hold this memory close to our hearts!

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!

Congress: Please Read – My Daughter has a Rare Disease

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Do you see the beautiful girl in this picture? This girl is my daughter and my hero. She has been living with a rare disease and went undiagnosed for many years. Finally, she was properly diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis in early 2016. Food is her enemy and she has to survive by drinking a prescription formula, Neocate Splash. This formula keeps her alive and yet insurance companies are choosing to not cover this medical care necessity. She announced to me last week that she was afraid to die if insurance decided not to cover her formula. My husband and I will do everything in our power and might to ensure L has her formula. There are many families all across the United States facing this same struggle with trying to advocate for insurance to cover prescribed formula. Please have a heart and do what is best for all these families. Speak up and vote to pass bill H.R.2587 – Medical Nutrition Equity Act of 2017.

Why do we need this passed? To provide for the coverage of medically necessary food and vitamins for digestive and inherited metabolic disorders under Federal health programs and private health insurance, and for other purposes.

This needs to be a law in every state so insurance companies can quit denying our children the medical treatment they need to SURVIVE!

Friends, we are asking you to please contact your Representatives in your state and encourage their co-sponsorship of this important legislation, too! To find out who represents you, visit https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/.

Together we can make a difference and advocate for this bill to be passed!

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