Oliver Approved & Allergy Free Bread Recipe

Allergy Free Bread

I was so fortunate to have a friend with a child on the autism spectrum point out to me that the Udi’s bread that Oliver was eating held ingredients that he was allergic to in it, which I somehow missed when ingredient glancing at the grocery store. She makes her son’s bread and gave me this delicious recipe that even my picky little eater enjoys.

Ingredients:
1.5 cup sorghum flour
1 cup tapioca starch/flour or potato starch (not flour)
.5 cup teff flour
2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp Egg Replacer
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 TBSP olive oil
1.25 cup warm water (110%)
2 tsp yeast or 1 packet
2 tsp sugar

Directions:
1. Mix yeast & sugar in bowl, add warm water, let proof 10 minutes or so.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Add vinegar & oil.
4. Add proofed yeast and thoroughly mix in mixer or by hand (no kneading).
5. Spoon into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap, set aside to rise for 1 hour.
6. Preheat oven to 350.
7. Bake for 53 minutes, let cool a few minutes before removing from pan to a wire wrack.
8. After cooled, store in plastic bag. One day on counter is OK, then refrigerate.

** Comment to let everyone know how your bread turns out!

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Nap time Routine

Oliver, who is about 19.5 months old now, is down to one 2-3 hour nap per day and I have learned that he desperately needs consistency in this area. For nap time, I talk about how nap time is coming up in 5 or 10 minutes and that it will be time to go “up” (upstairs) and go “night night”. I follow his lead on what time this happens (rubbing his eyes, abnormally fussy, laying down, etc.), but it’s typically between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. when he hits that tired point in his day.

Here is what our nap time looks like:
– Tired cues
– Nap time “warnings” to aid in transitioning from play to sleep
– Go upstairs
– Change diaper and put lavender essential oil on his feet with socks
– Turn on calming music that plays for 6 hours and turn on night light
– Lay him down, then lay his weighted blanket on top of him
– Hand on belly, say “I love you” and “Sweet dreams, buddy”
– Quietly leave room and close the door

This may seem a bit extensive, but it’s what works for him. If any of these things happen in a different order or I forget to turn on the music/night light nap time doesn’t come to us as easily. I’m interested in hearing what your little one’s nap time looks like.