Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, Psychotherapist; Specialist in Food Allergy Management, Speaking At Mylan Specialty / EpiPen Event (© Noel Malcolm 2013)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Recipe: Classic Ice Cream Sandwich, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free [Sponsored]

Ice cream sandwiches. You remember them, right? A thin, dark chocolate, fudge-y cookie surrounding creamy, sweet, oozing vanilla ice cream, sandwiched together into a glorious combination, perfect for summer. 

And now you can TOTALLY make it at home, in a snap and allergen-friendly, too! 

I bought all of my ingredients at Fairway Market in Red Hook, Brooklyn. And Fairway Market graciously sponsored the making of this glorious ice cream sandwich. (Here are my policies regarding my sponsored posts.) 

My taste testers (aside from myself) were all non-food allergy people and they all LOVED this sandwich and gobbled up every last bit.

This is a multi-stage recipe. Give yourself a day or two to get this all together before serving.

And all of my recipes notes are below the recipe because I wanted you to get to the goods first!


Classic Ice Cream Sandwich, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes 8-12 portions (depending on how you slice ‘em)

Lightly adapted from Nigella Lawson and The Kitchn

1 pint (two cups) of heavy whipping cream
1 fourteen-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Whip the cream and vanilla into soft peaks. Fold in the condensed milk. Mix thoroughly until completely combined and no streaks. Pour mixture into a container with a cover. Lay saran wrap directly on top of the mixture to ensure no air gets in. Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.

Namaste Foods Brownie Cake, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free
2 ¼ cup dry Namaste brownie mix
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
½ cup water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a half sheet rimmed baking sheet (18x13) with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix egg, water and oil. Add in dry mix and stir until completely incorporated.

Scrape batter into the baking pan and using an offset spatula, smooth to a thin, even layer (about ¼ inch thick), leaving a small border of parchment paper around the edges. Bake until cake is set, about 25 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack to cool completely. (You can even pop into the freezer for real cool down.)

When you are ready to assemble, remove the ice cream from freezer and let it stand for a few minutes to soften slightly.

Using the parchment, transfer the thin brownie cake to a cutting board. Cut cake in half. Flip cakes so the insides are now facing out. Using a large ice cream scoop, dollop five ice cream scoops evenly over the top of one half of the cake. Using your offset spatula, a spoon (or your clean hands), spread out the ice cream scoops into an even layer. Place the remaining cake on top of the ice cream, to make a large sandwich cake. Immediately wrap the whole thing well in plastic wrap and then in a Ziploc bag and freeze until firm, at least 8 hours.

Remove the large sandwich cake from the freezer and take off the plastic wrap. Cut the large cake in into 8-12 smaller sandwiches (or any size you want really!). Wrap each sandwich well in plastic wrap and freeze until firm and ready to serve.


I used Namaste Foods Brownie mix. They have a dedicated allergen-free facility which means this recipe can include many different allergy needs. 

Also every box of Namaste Foods Brownie mix gives you two batches of mix. I used ONE batch of mix for this recipe.

I used a half sheet tray (18 x 13) lined with parchment to bake the brownies.  You want something with a lip, not a flat cookie tray, nor a 9 inch cake pan. But if you only have a 9x13 or 9x9 cake pan, use it and cook half the batter, spread thin. Smitten Kitchen uses two 8x8 pans to make hers.

For my homemade vanilla ice cream there are three ingredients: vanilla, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. For the heavy cream make sure the only ingredient is “cream”. I’ve been loving heavy cream Natural By Nature, that’s available at Fairway Market. For  the sweetened condensed milk, I use Nestle’s Carnation, but other brands are fine, too. For vanilla, go for the best as it’s the main flavor here, like Nielsen Massey’s Tahitian vanilla. Here’s Nielsen Massey allergen information.

Make the ice cream at least 8 hours ahead of assembly so it can freeze properly. 

My version of this classic recipe is free from peanuts, tree nuts, gluten/wheat, soy, fish, shellfish. It has dairy and eggs.

If you need this recipe to be dairy-free, use your favorite dairy-free brand ice cream or make your own.

If you want it to be wheat/gluten-filled, use any safe for you brownie mix and spread it out into a thin layer.

If you need it to be egg free, Namaste Foods has tips on egg replacers for their mixes here

Here are the ingredients and the directions from the box of Namaste Foods of July 2017.


Thank you Fairway Market for sponsoring* this delicious allergen-friendly recipe!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recipe: Roasted Strawberries, Vegan, Allergen-free

Strawberries. They always seem like a great idea but usually they don’t quite work out for me: when raw they are often too acidic, too bitey. I don’t think I’m OAS to them but cooking strawberries definitely opens up a whole world of yum, fragrant goodness with strawberries.

I make quick strawberry jam all the time. Recipe here. But roasting your strawberries?! Roasting unlocks their strawberry-ness in a new way, concentrating their flavor in a different way and it’s totally easy.

Recipe Notes: 
I used a quarter sheet tray for roasting these strawberries, and I wrapped it well with foil for ease of cleanup. But you don’t need to if you don’t mind a sticky tray. Just make sure to use a roasting tray with a lip as there is sticky juice that you want to capture and keep away from your oven floor. (See above.)

I use Sugar in the Raw. Brown sugar or white granulated sugar is fine, too. If the strawberries are super sweet, you could try skipping the sugar and see what happens. I’m sure it would be still yum.

Recipe: Roasted Strawberries, Vegan, Allergen-free

1 pound fresh Strawberries, washed, topped, hulled and sliced in half
2 T Turbinado sugar 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss strawberries and sugar together in a big bowl. Lay out on foil covered tray.  Roast at 375 for about 45 minutes or until fragrant, somewhat deflated/concentered and there is bubbling juice. Taste one, you’ll taste when it’s cooked down, concentrated and done.  While still warm spoon over vanilla ice cream. And try not to swoon. Once chilled spoon over yogurt, mix with other fruits, smear on some buttered bread. Go on. It’s so YUM!

Thank you @joythebaker for the inspiration.


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