If you’re anything like me, you have a sweet tooth that puts children to shame. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to eat anything sweet or sugary until I was around 5 or 6. I remember my first Halloween trick-or-treat when I was able to have my first piece of candy and then sneaking the bag of candy into the spare bathroom and shoveling all the pieces of goodness into my mouth until I was sick.
You’d think that would’ve sworn me off of sweets for life, but instead, it had the opposite effect. At 31 years old, I still find a way to incorporate chocolate for breakfast or eat dessert pre-dinner. When I first began to experience my food intolerances and allergies in 2012, I was resistant to give up the sweets.
Naturally, my first step was to find out which sweets were “Heidi Friendly” (free from eggs, soy, gluten, dairy, peanuts, hazelnuts, corn syrup, fructose syrup and the list goes on). When I eat something that isn’t Heidi Friendly and is extremely processed, the result is feeling like my head is caving in, bloatedness, my stomach in knots, sometimes a reaction on my skin (depending on the food) and a hangover the next day (sans alcohol).
I wanted to share some of my sweet treats with you in hopes of making your hunt for allergen-free sweets easier for you.
A fun, not so quick, allergen-free strawberry treat is to bake the strawberries for a few hours. If sliced thick enough, they turn into gummies. Yum!
Here’s how I make mine: I preheat the oven at 210 degrees F and slice the strawberries in halves or thirds, depending on how big they are. I lay them on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 3 hours. It’s a good thing they take a while because my lack of self-control with strawberries would have me eating them by the box.
What’s your favorite allergen-free quick treat? Leave a comment below