Tasty Lunch box filler

I recently found these lunch box treats in the Whole Foods store in Fairfield CT.  Each box has 4 pouches containing about 9 granola mini balls.  They are free from the top 8 allergens, organic and contain real food ingredients.  My son likes the chocolate banana flavor and today we bought the strawberry granola minis to try.  Check out their website to learn more about the other flavors they make and where you can buy them locally.  I think your kids will like them.


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No-Bake Cookie Dough Chocolate Cups

My daughter made these chocolate treats recently.  The whole family enjoyed them.  Here is the link to the recipe: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1675310172721625&id=1614251518827491&_rdr 

Here are the adaptations that she made to make the recipe free from dairy, eggs and nuts:

melted butter – ‘earth balance’ soy free buttery sticks

cream cheese – ‘daiya’ plain cream cheese style spread

mini chocolate chips – ‘enjoy life’ semi sweet chocolate mini chips or ‘PASCHA’ organic semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

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Important Hidden Allergen Alert for those with Cashew Allergies

My daughter is allergic to tree nuts.  Recently, while dining out at a local restaurant, she ordered a cheese ravioli dish that was garnished with pink peppercorns.  After the first bite, she  immediately became very sick with symptoms of an allergic reaction.  At the time we could not understand what she was reacting to, since it was a simple dish, and the chef confirmed there were no nut ingredients in the dish.

I have subsequently learned that Pink Peppercorns (also referred to as pink pepperberries, pink berries, Brazilian Pepper, Rose Pepper, Christmasberry, or Peruvian pepper) are related to CASHEWS and can cause an anaphylactic reaction in those who are allergic to Cashews/Tree nuts.

Please share this information to anyone you know who has cashew allergies!


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Welcome to Fairfield County Food Allergies

We are Catherine and Debbie and we both have kids with food allergies who are always hungry!  We’d like this blog to be a place where we can share information with the Fairfield County community about cooking, shopping and eating out with the whole family.  We’re always looking for allergy-friendly products and merchants locally, and we’ll let you know when we find them.