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Merry Christmas

Christmas is my favourite time of year, spending time with family and friends, and of course the special food that we associate with Christmas. Unfortunately though, for people who have a food allergy or intolerance, it can be a daunting time with lots of social events and often having to go without festive food. If you, or someone in your circle of family and friends have special dietary requirements, then this special Christmas edition is for you.

Homemade sweets and treats

Making special Christmas treats with my children to share with loved ones, is something I treasure at this time of year. Rocky Road and Rum Balls are two of my favourites, and often don’t make it into Christmas gifts and out of the house. If you are looking for some allergy friendly Christmas gifts or a little treat for yourself then try these ideas.

With only three ingredients, Apricot Balls are super easy and gluten free. I often use skim condensed milk and buy diced dried apricots.

Apricot Balls

  • 400 g condensed milk
  • 250 g desiccated coconut
  • 200 g dried apricots, chopped

Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
Roll into balls and refrigerate.

If you or your loved one needs a low FODMAPs diet, then these Chocolate Balls (Chocolate Macaroons from are perfect. They are also really easy and only have four ingredients.

Our household is embarking on an elimination of salicylates, amines, and glutamates at the moment, which is really tricky. This year, I’m planning on making my first batch of Shortbread, which will be perfect with a cup of tea over the festive season.

Christmas dinner

Whether you have your main meal at lunch or dinner, a roast will suit these allergy requirements. Choose from roast beef, lamb or chicken and a range of vegetables including potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrots, and beans.

Finish off your meal with a delicious ice cream pudding. Combine your choice of ice cream with crumbled homemade Meringues and fresh blueberries. (Check your ice cream is gluten free if necessary, choose a lactose free ice cream if you require low FODMAPs, and no colours or flavours if you are doing an elimination diet).

Have a fabulous festive season.

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