5 Vegan & Allergen-Free Breakfast Recipes by Heather Christo

A 2007 study by the CDC reported that approximately 3 million children under age 18 suffer from a food allergy. The report also states that these kids are two to four times more likely to suffer from other related conditions, such as asthma.

The eight most common allergenic foods as defined by the FDA are:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Crustacean/shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soybeans

Thankfully, there are an increasing number of products and recipes available for those with allergies. However, if your child is unable to eat certain foods and your family has other dietary restrictions, you can struggle to find simple, healthful, tasty meal ideas.

For instance, if your child cannot tolerate tree nuts or wheat but your family follows a vegan diet, your options may seem quite limited.

Fortunately, there are people like Heather Christo in the world. A trained chef and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Heather and both of her young daughters were diagnosed with severe food allergies. Rather than throwing in the towel and subsisting on a bland, boring diet full of restrictions, she took on the challenge to find creative and scrumptious alternatives that her family could safely eat.

She shares her culinary discoveries on her blog. All of her recipes are gluten, dairy, and egg free; many are also nut, peanut, and soy free. She even has a section with hundreds of allergen-free vegan dishes.

Obviously, choosing just a handful of recipes from so many tempting options is a challenge, so we opted to start at the beginning of the day. Check out these appetizing vegan breakfast ideas, which are also free of tree nuts, gluten, peanuts, soy, and of course dairy and eggs.

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

When you are vegan, picking up a quick, tasty treat can be difficult. When food allergies are involved as well, it can be next to impossible. If you have ever looked longingly at the pastries in the glass case at your favorite coffee shop, you are going to be delighted by this vegan, allergen-free breakfast recipe.

It’s full of rich, autumn flavor like pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. To make the scones even more indulgent, they are dripping with a sweet maple glaze. Pair a scone with some warm apple cider for a perfect fall breakfast or snack.

Vegan Breakfast Skillet

Some mornings call for a heartier meal. On those days, this vegan breakfast idea fits the bill. Loaded with colorful, flavorful veggies, this dish is a feast for the eyes and a warming, hearty dish for the tummy.

It’s simple to put together, as well. After parboiling some potatoes for just a few minutes, you toss them with some oil in a pan. Then you start adding the extras. Onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach and a few basic spices are all it takes to prepare this substantial morning meal. You won’t have to call anyone to the kitchen, because the enticing aromas will do it for you.

Blueberry Donuts

On a hectic morning, many families might grab a box of donuts before heading off for an activity-packed day. However, not many donut shops offer vegan goods and if you have food allergies, your options are sorely limited. These pale purple donuts are a lovely solution.

They have an interesting ingredient that you probably would never guess. For moist donuts, Heather includes 1/3 cup of baked potato. If that throws you off, consider the fact that many gourmet donut shops start with spuds, as well. Freeze dried blueberries are tucked into the dough, while more berries are blended into the beautiful glaze.

Super Green Coconut Tapioca Smoothie

When a grab and go breakfast is required, make it the best it can possibly be. Along with being vegan and allergen-free, choose something that is as delicious as it is nutritious.

These stunning super smoothies are just the ticket. The recipe starts with coconut tapioca, which fills the bottom of the jar. Kale, mango, banana and blueberries make the green smoothie, along with some more coconut milk. Gorgeous garnishes, such as blood oranges, blackberries, and shredded coconut complete this portable morning meal.

Coconut Waffles with Raspberry Sauce

Waffles and weekends just seem to go together. On your next lazy Saturday morning, gather the family around a table piled high with these golden, fluffy vegan waffles.

Heather combines coconut milk and vinegar to make a dairy free buttermilk replacement, giving the waffles a moist, tender texture. Another secret ingredient she adds is gluten free beer, which introduces a delightful yeasty flavor.

If you or your kids have allergies, be sure to dig into Heather’s website. You will find a spread of delectable recipes for your family.

What are some of your favorite vegan allergen-free recipes? Share with us!

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