Monday, October 2

SunButter Caramel Apple Dip: Dairyfree and Allergy Friendly!

SunButter Caramel Apple Dip: Dairyfree and Allergy Friendly

Halloween has to be one of my favorite holidays. Why? I think it's because Halloween falls during the most beautiful season, autumn, but also because there are so many fun activities for kids and adults who are kids-at-heart! And today, I have a FUN treat for you that's perfect for autumn AND Halloween! 

This SunButter Caramel Apple Dip is SO yummy...and you know it has to be dairy free, egg free, nut free and sesame free for my Little Guy!

When I told Little Guy I was making it, he said, "what's caramel"?  Well, that broke my heart a little, just realizing he's never had caramel before. So, I was even more determined to make a delicious recipe that he would love!

SunButter Caramel Apple Dip: Dairyfree and Allergy Friendly

Here are my kiddos in action TOTALLY enjoying this treat (and actually, this is almost a healthy snack depending on the toppings you use!). Pay no attention to the Christmas shirt Little Gal picked out to wear that day. Sigh. Sometimes I have no control over outfit choices (I'm sure you parents can relate!).

SunButter Caramel Apple Dip: Dairyfree and Allergy Friendly

Here's the recipe!

SunButter Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

*Adapted from TheVegan8


SunButter Caramel Apple Dip Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup SunButter (I used Natural flavor)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Allergy-Friendly Toppings (for your dipped apples):
  • Nut free granola
  • Dairy free chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Safe cereal like Rice Krispies or another safe brand
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed cookies
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Combine all apple dip ingredients in a small sauce pan
  • Heat to a boil for about 1 -2 minutes while whisking
  • The longer you heat, the thicker it will become. I've also found it becomes thicker after sitting in the fridge for a day.

SunButter Caramel Apple Dip: Dairyfree and Allergy Friendly

As a SunButter Blog Ambassador, I come up with SunButter focused recipes a few times throughout the year and feature them on my blog and/or SunButter's blog. In return, SunButter sponsors these new recipe posts. Thanks to SunButter for your partnership. We truly use SunButter every day and depend on it as a great nut-free source of protein for our family!

Thursday, September 28

Dairy Free Ice Cream Two Times a Day? Our Allergy-Friendly Beach Trip to OC, NJ

I haven't written many "about life" posts lately because, well, I guess I've just been too busy living it! Summer whizzed by and I can't believe autumn is here already. But I couldn't miss an opportunity to tell you about our great allergy-friendly trip to Ocean City, New Jersey (or OC NJ!) in August. 

As you might know, Little Guy has food allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts and sesame. So, eating out and finding safe options on a beach boardwalk are not easy. But do you believe that he was able to eat dairy free ice cream (or water ice) from the boardwalk from THREE different places.  YES!  I said THREE!

Well, we just let him go wild, and we didn't mind if he ate ice cream twice a day since it was a unique opportunity (and Little Gal SURE loved it too even though she doesn't have food allergies!).

One of the first things we did was stop at Aloha Soft Serve on the boardwalk. They serve ice cream and DOLE WHIP there. Yes, the kind of Dole Whip that you can only get in DisneyWorld!  We let Little Guy get both Strawberry and Pineapple. Little Gal tried the swirl!

food allergies and OC NJ

Little Guy was also able to get Polish Water Ice. It's really the creamiest water ice I've ever had. The water ice has no dairy, but they do serve ice cream at the store. Again, be sure to talk with the person serving you or the manager. I asked A LOT of questions at every store, and made sure they knew about Little Guy's allergies.
food allergies and OC NJ

food allergies and OC NJ

See the creamy water ice?  I think he chose blue raspberry both times!
food allergies and OC NJ

And probably my FAVORITE place was a new store called Goji Juice bar. It's also right on the boardwalk near the Pirate's Cove rides and arcade. It's not only allergy friendly, but HEALTHY. The ice cream is made only from ingredients like fruit and coconut milk. SO MUCH healthier than the ingredients of the other non-dairy ice creams or water ices on the boardwalk!
food allergies and OC NJ

food allergies and OC NJ

Little Guy wanted his just plain. He LOVED it.
food allergies and OC NJ

Little Gal asked for hers with banana slices and chocolate chips. All allergy friendly toppings!
food allergies and OC NJ

food allergies and OC NJ

Now, I know some people wouldn't eat here due to bowl toppings like peanut butter. However, the manager there told me they keep everything separate and it doesn't go into the machine.  He was very careful with Little Guy's order and I felt confident it would be safe since I talked to the manager about his allergies and basically watched him prep the ice cream bowls!
food allergies and OC NJ

And what other food did he eat on vacation? Well, Jilly's French Fries....almost every day! They only use potatoes and a soybean/vegetable oil combination to make their fries. And I have to say, they're VERY TASTY. This was our second year just eating them up every day!
food allergies and OC NJ

food allergies and OC NJ

This was also our second year eating at the Beach Club Cafe for dinner, right on the boardwalk. I called ahead and they said they could accommodate us. And you know what else I did?  I forgot the food allergy chef cards we ALWAYS take to restaurants!!!  ARGH!!  Immediate sweating and stress began as I sat at that table. But then cool and calm hubs (who usually has a good solution for things like this) told me I should just write down the allergy card on a piece of paper. So I did!

food allergies and OC NJ

I also talked directly to the owner and chef (a husband and wife team), and he said he could make safe hot dogs or burger with no bun, fruit and veggies.

Little Guy enjoyed his meal - all of us enjoyed our meals actually. I highly recommend this restaurant!
food allergies and OC NJ

We only stayed 3 nights and 2 days for our trip this year, so we didn't eat out too much. We had a kitchenette in our room (always a necessity), so I whipped up various things for him like Applegate Sausage and ants on a log... 
food allergies and OC NJ

Organic hot dogs and fruit....eaten by the pool....
food allergies and OC NJ

And lots of other good food like pizza I made at home, SunButter and jelly sandwiches, chicken nuggets, frozen waffles, and lots of fruit and frozen veggies!  Here's a very NON picturesque photo of our fridge this trip!

food allergies and OC NJ

And I have to say, even though it's stressful and takes a ton of planning, it's possible to have a fun and allergy-friendly vacation full of new experiences and surprises!
food allergies and OC NJ

Be well <3

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