Ever since finding out that our baby has food allergies, as a breastfeeding mom, I have been working to cut out his allergens from my diet as well as cooking allergen-free family meals. It’s quite the educational experience for me as I delve into the world of cooking without dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, and wheat.
I just wanted to update my post about allergen-free chocolates. After casually browsing the chocolate bar sections at numerous health food stores, I think I’ve realized that raw chocolate bars seem to be free of dairy, eggs, and soy, and there are several nut-free lines too…so I’ve paid the $6-$8 a bar to try a few raw bars. Giddie YoYo from my previous post is actually a raw bar and I really enjoy their line of products, not to mention that they are nut-free. Some of the other ones that I’ve tried have been okay but nothing spectacular (as in, I’m not averse to them but I also wouldn’t go out of my way to buy their brands again). I definitely have my days of missing that sweet commercial chocolate, particularly at key holiday times where my favourite commercial dairy- and nut-laden chocolates are ubiquitous, but I’m still happy to explore the less-processed raw chocolates. I suppose a side benefit is that the lower temperature processing of raw bars combined with the simple list of ingredients is actually more healthful….
If my toddler doesn’t outgrow his dairy allergy and he isn’t allergic to cacao, then raw chocolates just may be his best option, aside from Enjoy Life products.