Chocolate, butter, nuts….put these together and you’re on your way to a delicious dessert concoction. But for the millions of Americans suffering from food allergies and sensitivities, indulging in traditional Valentine’s Day treats can result in unpleasant or even life threatening consequences.
HOPE, MN – (January 31, 2012) – Food allergies and sensitivities are a growing public health concern. An estimated 15 million people have food allergies, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. Of that number, nearly 6 million are kids. Today, approximately 8% of U.S. children are allergic to one or more common foods, making it a real challenge for parents to safeguard their kids from dangerous ingredients they might consume outside the home or unwittingly in packaged or combination foods.
The most common food allergens likely to appear in desserts and treats are eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, wheat and gluten. Dairy is one of the easiest ingredients to replace in recipes for those who are allergic or sensitive to it. SoL™ Sunflower Beverage is a creamy and delicious nondairy drink that performs well in recipes calling for milk. Available in three flavors – Original, Unsweetened, and Vanilla – SoL™ works beautifully in both sweet and savory preparations, and provides healthy doses of Vitamin E, folate, calcium, and phosphorus in each serving. SoL™ Sunflower Beverage can be found in Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets on the West Coast as well as health and natural food stores nationwide.
When cooking for people with food allergies, it’s extremely important to check the labels on all ingredients and foods that will included in your recipes. Food additives you may not expect to find – such as wheat or gluten in sauces, and nut oils processed foods, etc – can sabotage your good intentions and sicken allergy sufferers. The following recipes offer some delicious allergen free dessert options featuring SoL that are perfect for Valentine’s Day:
Strawberry and SoL™ Sorbet (Dairy, soy, nut, and gluten free)
Pour 2 cups of SoL™ Vanilla into a saucepan. Add one egg white, ¼ cup white sugar, 2 TBS of agave syrup and 1 ½ tsp of lemon juice. Whisk mixture over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Let it sit for one minute. Transfer to a canister of a frozen dessert maker. In a blender or food processor puree 2 cups strawberries until smooth. Add to canister. Follow directions for frozen dessert maker to achieve desired consistency. Transfer to a covered container and freeze until firm, at least one hour.
Serves 4. Nutrition facts per serving:
Calories 160, Total fat 2.5 g, Total carbohydrate 33 g, Dietary fiber 2 g, Sugars 30 g, Protein 2 g
Chocolate Souffle (Soy, dairy, and nut free)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the side of a 2 qt soufflé dish with cooking spray or grease with dairy free margarine. Sprinkle the sides with a little sugar. In saucepan melt 2 TBS dairy free margarine. Stir in 3 TBS of flour. Add ¾ cup SoL™ Vanilla and stir until thickened. Add ½ cup dairy free semi sweet baking chips until melted. Remove from heat and add chocolate mixture into four beaten egg yolks. Set aside. Beat 4 egg whites and ½ tsp vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually add ¼ cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold 1 cup of the egg white mix into the chocolate mix. Then fold chocolate mix into the remaining beaten whites. Transfer to greased dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes and serve immediately.
Serves 4. Nutrition facts per serving:
Calories 300, Total fat 16 g, Total carbohydrate 34 g, Dietary fiber 2 g, Sugars 27 g, Protein 8 g
Minty Chip Frappé (dairy, nut, and egg free)
Combine in blender ½ cup SoL™ Vanilla, 1 scoop or ¼ cup of mint chocolate chip nondairy frozen dessert, 2 TBS of dairy free chocolate syrup, ¼ cup dairy free semi sweet mini chocolate chip, and ¼ cup of cold brewed coffee, and 4 – 6 ice cubes. Blend until smooth and frothy.
Serves 1. Nutrition Facts:
Calories 430, Total fat 19 g, Total carbohydrate 68 g, Dietary fiber 4 g, Sugars 55 g, Protein 4 g.
About Sunrich Naturals®
Sunrich Naturals®, maker of SoL™ Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals® believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do – how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.
Sunrich Naturals® is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sunrich.com.
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