Eggs are so inextricably linked with Easter that it can be difficult when you have a child that can’t have them. My daughter was diagnosed with an egg allergy (among other allergies) four and a half years ago, and since then we’ve been finding ways to get around the Easter Egg issue. Here are a few tips I’ve come up with.
Dyeing eggs for Easter is one of my favourite childhood memories, but colouring a picture of an egg just doesn’t have the same appeal. Instead, why not try buying a few wooden eggs (you can get them at any craft store) and having your child paint them? Then you can leave them out for the Easter Bunny to hide, just like ordinary dyed eggs. Bonus: they don’t break!
Instead of eggs for breakfast, why not try another traditional Easter (ok, Good Friday really) food: Hot Cross Buns! These can often have eggs in them as well, so check out this recipe for Egg-free (and Dairy- and Nut-free) Hot Cross Buns.
This one at least is a fairly easy one. It’s simple to hide only chocolate eggs, or (my favourite trick when my kids were younger) plastic eggs with things like raisins, chocolate chips, or little trinkets inside. But that leads us to another problem….
Chocolate can be a major pitfall when it comes to navigating food allergies, particularly if, like my daughter, the allergies extend beyond just eggs. Everything has milk in it, some chocolate is cross-contaminated with eggs, and brands that are traditionally nut-free put out special Easter chocolate that is not.
Luckily there are a few companies producing allergy-safe chocolate. One of these is a UK company called Kinnerton. They produce nut-free, character licensed chocolate, and their products are stocked right here in town at La Rose Bakery. Unfortunately for my family, all their products contain milk, so we order dark chocolate eggs and bunnies from another great company: Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. It’s a bit more expensive, I’ll admit, but it’s worth it to see the joy on my daughter’s face.
Easter should be a fun time for the family, but it can turn stressful when you’re dealing with food allergies. Hopefully these tips and tricks will make it just a little bit easier.
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