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National Baking Week. Food intolerance friendly free-from alternatives

It’s that time of year again. Boosted by the encouraging words of Mary Berry and inspired by a trestle table groaning under the weight of brilliant bakes, we pick up the spatula, determined to claim a little Victoria sponge victory of our own during National Baking Week.

There’s nothing like a little home baking to inspire kitchen pride, creativity and even nostalgia. Who wants to lick to spoon?

But it’s not so much fun when you’re living with food intolerances, desperately trying to avoid the trigger foods that make you feel a bit… unleavened.

Fortunately, we’re living in more enlightened times when it comes to food intolerances, with a booming free-from market and a growing interest in plant based diets, which naturally avoid dairy and eggs - two of the more commonly consumed trigger foods.

To make sure you don’t miss out this week, we’ve taken a look at some of the best food intolerance friendly ingredient swaps so you can still whisk up a tasty treat during National Baking Week.

Dairy free baking alternatives

As one of the more problematic trigger foods for people living with food intolerances, it can feel as though avoiding dairy means waving goodbye to a huge slice of our best-loved bakes. From cream cakes to butter filled shortbread, cutting out cows’ milk can seem like you’re putting the lid on baking altogether.

Happily, there are plenty of free-from substitutes you can use to replace cows’ milk and still whip up a stunning sweet treat. Grab the whisk and try these:

Milk

Nut milk
Coconut milk
Almond milk
Soy-milk
Rice milk
Hemp milk

Butter

Coconut oil
Mashed avocado
Ripe banana
Applesauce
Dairy free margarine

Gluten free baking alternatives

Bread, cakes and biscuits. If it’s baked, there’s a good chance it includes gluten – not great if it gives you the grumbles. Another common food intolerance for which alternatives have been widely welcomed, the gluten free market is rising faster than a soufflé. If you need gluten free grains, try these super substitutes:

• Buckwheat flour
• Quinoa flour
• Coconut flour
• Rice flour
• Almond flour

Egg free baking alternatives

Used to bind ingredients together or help baked goods to rise, eggs are found in a huge range of sweet treats, but it’s easier than you might think to replace them and still bake a cracking cake. Give these swaps a go:

• Flax seed
• Applesauce
• Mashed banana
• Chia seeds
• Commercial egg replacers, found in the free-from section at your supermarket

Beyond the common ingredients

Hopefully, these alternatives have given you food for thought. It’s always possible to remove and replace your trigger foods with nutritious alternatives, meaning you don’t have to miss out.

But what if you have problems with a wider range of trigger foods. Experiencing multiple food intolerances is actually very common. Gluten and dairy often get the blame but, as food intolerance testing experts, we tend to uncover reactions to between 4 and 6 ingredients from a list of 134 foods and drinks.

If you’re going free-from to replace gluten and dairy but still suspect something in your diet is making you feel unwell, why not get to the (soggy) bottom of it, quickly and accurately with Smartblood. Find out more about our affordable home to lab tasting kits.

Smartblood Story - Julia's Intolerance to Dairy

Julia is a market trader, and also studying speech and language therapy. Julia has suffered with regular migraines for over 22 years, and has tried everything to get rid of them, even ice baths!

It wasn't until Julia had a Smartblood food intolerance test recommended to her by one of her friends that she found out that she had raised IgG antibody levels to many dairy products. Replacing these foods with others on the advice of a Smartblood nutritional therapist has made a big difference in Julia's life - her migraines have vanished, and she would recommend a Smartblood test to anybody.

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think dairy is causing you discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
£19.75Free p&p
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Smartblood Test

  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£249.75Free p&p

If you think that a food intolerance may be responsible for your symptoms then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation

If you think that you may have a food intolerance then we believe that our easy to complete tests could help you. SImply choose either a 1st-step indicator test for a positive/negative result overall or find out all of your food intolerances out at once with the full Smartblood test.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete programme that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation