His First (Flourless) Peanut Butter Cookie

I wasn’t sure about posting flourless peanut butter cookies. There are countless other sources online and in print and one can only do so much with a basic recipe. My decision to post the cookies anyway, though, came about when my brother had his first ever peanut butter cookie. In fact, the first time he’d ever had something with peanut.

I’ve mentioned before about my brother’s peanut tolerance here, when I posted these flourless almond butter or peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. When my family was SCD for a year, he never ate peanuts in any form since they can be hard on the digestion and at that moment in time we wanted to help him clean up his gastrointestinal system without distressing. Peanuts can also cause problems for some children who have autism. As those of us with dietary issues know, or have loved ones that do, though, this is not across the board since every child is different. (Peanuts are considered safe in general on the SCD.)

I’d made a batch of flourless peanut butter cookies and set them on the table. I didn’t have almond butter or another nut butter to make cookies for him. Although we’re no longer strictly SCD, he has refused to try whenever we offered him something with peanut, as he has been very specific with what he allows himself to eat.

He asked if they were peanut butter, and I said that yes, they were. Then, as my Mum took one, he asked if it was okay for him to try one.  When she said yes, he took a cookie from the plate and had the smallest bite. It could have been a nibble. After this, he took another small bite and told us that he liked it and he finished it.

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Autism: The Brain-Gut Connection (LIVE, FREE WEBINAR)

On April 11th at 9PM EST / 8 PM CST / 6PM PST you can attend a FREE webinar sponsored by Great Plains Laboratory: Gastrointestinal Problems and Autism: Constipation, Infections, Inflammation and More – Testing and Treatment Options, presented by Dr. Kurt Woeller.

Autism is a continuing epidemic, with a 78% increase compared to a decade ago. Yesterday according to a new study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The link between autism and gastrointestinal disorders is one that has been well-documented in the autism community. Often, once diet is changed the improvement is extraordinary. My family has personally experienced this with my youngest brother, who has remarkably improved from his autism with diet (briefly GFCF [gluten-free, casein-free], then strictly SCD for a year; we are currently gluten-free) and biomedical vitamin and mineral protocols. (That’s just diet, for a full summary of what we did to help him, click here.) Nowadays when people meet him, they can’t believe it when they learn he used to have severe autism. Through our hard work and his, he has improved so much!

System requirements to attend the webinar –

For PC users: Windows 7, Vista, XP, or 2003 Server.

For Mac users: Mac OSX 10.4.11 (Tiger) or newer

This webinar is a one-time only live event and will not be recorded, so if you are interested in attending book your seat now and mark your calendar! Again, it is absolutely free.

Click here to register.

Guest Blogging for National Autism Awareness Month and My New Newsletter

Today I am guest posting on the blog of Bob’s Red Mill, as part of their campaign for National Autism Awareness Month, with a kid-friendly, gluten-free casein-free recipe for baking powder biscuits.

Autism is something that my family and I are very much involved in. My brother is recovering from and it is because of him and his autism that we became a gluten-free family, in addition to being dairy-free and refined sugar-free, as I write about on this blog’s about page and background. Naturally, it was and is an honour to have participated in a campaign such as that initiated by Bob’s Red Mill and I thank them for giving the opportunity for me to participate.

Read my guest post on Bob’s Red Mill here.

In other news, I have started a newsletter. For now, I have planned it as a bi-weekly newsletter and it has information regarding gluten-free and other news related to allergens as well in addition to what I blog about here. It also has round-ups and highlights of recent blog posts on Z’s Cup of Tea. It will also be another avenue for me to announce my other endeavors in addition to this blog such as if I am guest posting somewhere or any other important news.

Sign up is FREE!  You can sign up simply by clicking the link in the left sidebar under free newsletter or click here.

If you’re on Facebook, you can also sign up there right in Facebook on my page, under the Email Signup link in the left sidebar.

You can read my newsletter’s first issue here.

As always, thank you to all of you, my dear readers, for reading my blog, subscribing to it, and following me on Twitter and being a fan on Facebook.

Till next time,