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Baking for those with peanut allergies

I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I love to bake.[i]  Why?  Well, there are two reasons:

  1. I was trained as a chemist, so I’m good at following directions in order to get a specific result.  Which is how every experiment is done, ever.  And, it’s really just like baking.  Measure some stuff out, mix it together, heat it up, hope it works like it’s supposed to!  Baking is chemistry.  There.  Now everyone knows.
  2. I like chocolate.  And cake.  And cookies.  And basically everything you could ever bake.  So I can reap the benefits of my work!

The only problem is that H has a very severe peanut allergy.  Like, taking one bite of a peanut butter cookie sent him to Urgent Care for a week and he was put in a drug induced coma because he couldn’t breathe severe.  Early on in our relationship, it terrified me, but now I know how to deal with it and work around it.  But baking poses one of the biggest challenges, because a lot of people use peanuts and peanut products in baked goods.[ii]

It makes me very sad when we go somewhere, and he can’t have dessert, because we can’t verify that all of the ingredients are safe.  So, I’ve started looking up alternatives, or the recipes for copycats baked goods, and making them at home.  And I’m careful.  The toughest things to find that are safe for those with peanut allergies are other kinds of nuts (like walnuts and almonds) and chocolate.  A lot of chocolate chips are processed in facilities that also process peanuts.  Same with the other nuts.  But, as long as I’m careful, we usually have no problem with anything that I bake.

And H loves his baked goods, let me tell you.  Ha.

I have this pipe dream that I open a bakery that is completely peanut safe.  Why is it a pipe dream?  Because I don’t know how to bake very many things.  Or how to run a business.  But!  How awesome would a place like that be?  I could bake all the time, get paid for it, and just get fat from eating everything and roll around and be happy!  Ha.  Haha.  I’m mostly kidding.

I’ve always joked that part of the reason that I run is because I love to bake so much.

Anyway, this post is a little bit rambling.  But I would like to say that it’s definitely possible to bake delicious things that are completely peanut-safe.  Those chocolate chip cake batter cookies that I mentioned a month or so ago?  Safe.  My signature Christmas red velvet cheesecake brownies?  Safe.  I have found recipes for thin mint muddy buddies and even granola bars that are safe.  You just have to know where to look.

H’s birthday is tomorrow (!!), so I’m hoping to get some baking done while he’s having fun with his dad and the guys tomorrow evening.[iii]  And K and I baked up a storm last weekend!  It’s so much fun.  And now I’m craving cookies.

-A.


[i] I didn’t even plan this, but today is Pi Day!  Get it?  Pi?  Like pie?  Because baking?  *internal giggling*

[ii] I am told that peanuts and peanut butter are delicious.  I disagree.  I have been told that H got pretty lucky when he met me, because I don’t like the taste of peanuts or peanut butter, so there is very little danger for him.

[iii] More on our weekend plans tomorrow.

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