The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Thursday, July 10, 2008


Wheat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Peanut-free, Tree Nut-free, Sesame-free, and of course, Shellfish-free and Fish-free... It's also VEGAN and free of refined sugar. Please note that this recipe is NOT Gluten-free. For gluten-free baked goods, you must wait for my next cookbook (which I am busily baking up delicious new recipes for).

So I'm back. Back with a few updates. Most importantly, I'm back to right a wrong.

It has been brought to my attention that the oat flour/barley flour version of my Banana Bread recipe on p.22 in The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook doesn't work. So I tried it, and lo and behold, I am mortified to report that it's true. It doesn't work without the spelt flour. It's a big ol' mess. I don't know how this happened, I think there may have been a misprint, or maybe I just didn't test it enough... However, now that it's been brought to my attention, I've rectified the error. Below is the new and improved recipe. It works. It's delectable. Phew, I can sleep again at night!


Makes about 8 servings

1 cup oat flour
1 cup barley flour
1 cup amaranth flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup honey
3 ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2 cups)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (nutmeg is not a nut)
3/4 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine oat flour, barley flour, amaranth flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
3. Using an electric mixer set on medium, combine canola oil, and honey. Add bananas, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Once thoroughly mixed, add flax seed meal, then raisins.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix until just combined.
5. Grease a loaf pan, sprinkle with a little flour, tapping out the extra. Transfer batter to loaf pan.
6. Bake in center of oven 45 minutes, rotating once halfway through until golden brown on top.
7. Let cool in pan about 5 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack. Let rest at least half an hour before slicing.


And on other fronts, several people have asked me about allergy-free and gluten-free restaurants and dining. For those of you who don't already know of it, I recently reviewed a GF dining guide published by Triumph that was quite good. then there's always Let's Eat Out

Come back soon for the long awaited review of The Allergy Grocer's NEW SOFT BAKED PRETZELS!!! And forgive me for the long delay in posting... I've been out of the country, and then I moved. Packing, unpacking, you all know the drill.

Happy summmer!

Be well,



  • At 6:25 PM, Blogger Lauren said…

    looks yummy.
    i cant wait for the gluten free one.
    can't wait for those pretzles either.

    hope the move went well.

  • At 5:51 AM, Blogger Jennifer B said…

    This looks great-thank you!

  • At 9:38 PM, Blogger Robin said…

    Hi Cybele,
    Glad you're back, its been awhile. Sounds like you've been really busy. Moving is always a ton of work! I hope the sea-glass candle holder made it through the move intact. :) If not, we can make you a new one.
    The banana bread looks beautiful. take care, Robin

  • At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Cassie Rivera said…

    Hi Cybele,
    Glad your back. My friend texted me in a panic that something had happened, and you had moved and not the family. In case Adam forgot to tell you the other week after Feinstein's I love the chicken and roasted peppers. I also love the new roasted pototes, the pesto and rice with curry. I can't wait for the new cookbook. I'm still looking for a new allergist.

  • At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Linda Rose said…

    Hi Cybele,
    Glad your back, it's good to see your blogs again! Ugh, packing and unpacking, I know the drill, just did it myself. The banana bread looks de-lish.

    Take care,

  • At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah is everything okay with you and your family I mean it's non of my business but just concerned

  • At 1:25 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Hi Robin:

    The candle holder is in the garden. Thanks!

    Everyone else, my family is fine, thank you.



  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Cassie Rivera said…

    Hi Cybele I just have three quick questions for you.
    1) The itlian black olives where do you find them? because my organic food supermarket doesn't care them.
    2) Does vineagrette contain grapes in them because I just found out that I am allergic to them?
    3) Can I subsusite a fruit like apples for rasins for the rasin sauce(see above)

    (Cassie Rivera from facebook)
    P.S. glad your all okay.

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Oh, that sounds delicious - definitely something to try over the summer! Glad to see you back posting, hope your family is well and you're getting back into the swing of things - gotta love moving!

  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger Dina said…

    Good to hear from you!!!! I'm glad you and your family are doing well...yes packing and moving is definitely not on the fun list...I was just in LA for the week and I had an amazing time...I am soo jealous you live out there now...saw Adam at Feinstein's...he was great and sooo sweet...I think I tried the Banana Bread and it came out great...but I think I used the spelt flour...I can't wait for your new book...I went on the trip to LA with my sister Jen who is allergic to all dairy products and I definitely understood the trials that come with going out to eat when you have a food allergy so I really commend you for all your work...thanks so much for everything...I will definitely check out those websites you posted for eating out...thanks again!!!


  • At 7:49 PM, Blogger KT Stop said…

    Nice to hear from you again!! :) Sorry you're so busy, but thanks for updating your blog whenever you can! I'm not really a banana person I must admit, but I'm sure it's delicious regardless of my own tastes! =) Hope to hear from you again soon!!

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  • At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele: In your next cookbook could you give recipes for vegetables and smoothie drinks? Thanks from a tired, non-cooking Mom who needs guidance!

  • At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Neurotransmitter Testing said…

    Free of sugar and made with banana...sounds very interesting and looks trully appetising.

  • At 2:53 AM, Blogger Luke said…

    A wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, sesame-free, and of course, shellfish-free and fish-free banana bread. Wow, thanks for the recipe of this bread, it looks tasty.

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  • At 12:18 AM, Blogger Sam said…

    This really looks so yummy and tasty! I'd like to try one.

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