Monday, August 13, 2012

The straight "poop" on poop! Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Well that is what our Doctor friend Kip Boyd told me on the phone the other day. I know so many of our little guys are struggling with the big "C" these days. I know because I have spent enough time with all of them to experience it first hand. I've complained about it enough to our pediatrician that she has finally talked me in to trying a no Dairy/ no Soy diet on Aeneas to see what happens. Yeah, we've tried the Metamucil and we've tried the MiraLAX as well. But both have been hard to hone the dosage (which refers to my remembering to give it as well as the amount) without the risk of stomach aches. As a baby we actually switched him to Goat's milk for a time and even though I don't recall exactly, she says in his chart that I reported that it seemed to make a difference.

Ugh! Milk?!? Really? And with that goes cheese and butter? and since we are almost vegetarian, there goes tofu, soy sauce and edamame!!! We go through 3 gallons of milk a week almost! And our favorite snack is cheese! Impossible. What the heck are we supposed to eat? But it was only for 3 weeks and then we will start introducing foods back into the diet. Justin and I have both grumbled that we hope it doesn't work. Well something has. And now I'm hoping it's not the milk or the soy at all but that the cheese is the culprit. That we could deal with I think. We will see.

Dr. Boyd has sent me some really good information on the topic that sheds some light onto the subject. And I've received some info from my doctor about the nutritional aspects of Cow's milk and dairy in general and how to get it in other places. So if you are interested, leave me a comment and I will forward them both to you. It might be worth a try. Not that only cheese is the culprit for us, but maybe trying the cheese alone could make a big difference in the lives of your little guys.

On this little adventure, I have found that coconut milk in the can adds some really good flavor and isn't a bad substitute to butter and milk for things like cookies, oatmeal and pancakes. Here is a modified recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies that doesn't use butter, margarine or even shortening. This isn't exactly low fat but I bet it cuts the saturated fat content of the traditional cookie in half. So give it a try!

No Dairy Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 cp peanut butter
1/4 cp almond butter (or some other nut butter)
1/4 cp coconut milk
1/2 cp white sugar
1/2 cp brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cp flour
granulated sugar

Cream nut butters and milk, add sugar, sprinkle in the soda and powder. Add egg and vanilla. Stir in the flour. Scoop dough, roll into balls and then into sugar. Put on baking sheet and press with a fork. Bake at 350 for about 10 min.

1 comment:

  1. We live on "So Delicious" Coconut Milk. I also recommend a great cookbook Deceptively Delicious. It gets you adding things like spinach to brownies without the kids knowing! We keep pureed spinach, broccoli, etc in the freezer & add it to almost everything! Its always in our gluten-free spaghetti. We had to make some diet adjustments a few years back & we are better for it! Hope this helps!