We have family members and friends with food allergies, so I was intrigued when I heard about Kiwi Magazine’s new cookbook, Allergy-Friendly Food For Families. The book is well-organized, with color-coding to quickly indicate which allergens each recipe avoids. The photography is beautiful, and I would expect most of the ingredients that the recipes call for to be readily available in an allergy-avoiding home. For those who are new to this style of cooking, the book includes an appendix with more information on the various ingredients. There is also an index where recipes are divided up by allergen.
We tried two recipes from the cookbook: black bean brownie bites and almost-raw chocolate cashew fudge – both gluten-free. I like chocolate (understatement), and one of my sisters can’t eat gluten and shares my love of chocolate, so these seemed like good recipes to try.
I had heard before that black bean brownies could taste good, and these are quite delicious – probably even more so to someone who has already been weaned off of the fabulous texture of brownies containing gluten. Emma is quite a fan of them (she’s eating one in the photo above). I recommend making them the day before you intend to eat them – I could definitely taste the black beans when I tried one still warm from the oven, but the flavor was gone by the next day – and Mike had no clue he was eating black beans when I offered him one at dinner (we made them right before lunch). I did find that the baking time was a little off – I took mine out of the oven after 30 minutes instead of the recipe’s recommended 40 minutes, and they were definitely thoroughly baked!
The fudge didn’t turn out quite right – the recipe didn’t specify to use unsalted cashews. I only had salted on hand, so used those, making for some very salty fudge! I had actually considered rinsing the salt off before soaking them for the recipe, and I suspect that would have yielded better results. It was interesting enough that I *may* try the recipe again. I also have at least eleven other recipes in the cookbook that I plan to attempt.
Kiwi magazine sent me a copy of this book to review, and they are offering a second copy for one of my readers with a US shipping address! To enter, just visit the cookbook’s website, and leave a comment with a recipe you would like to try! You have until the end of the day on June 19th to enter, when I will use random.org to select the lucky recipient.
This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations, Kristen!