Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Tootsie Rolls

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I have some scary and important news for you.  I used to buy all my supplements on Amazon (and I take a lot) since I have Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping.  My doctor knew that I did this and knew that I was still having a lot of problems (like bloating) and sent me an article about how dangerous buying from there is.  (Read it here.)  It details how shell companies sell counterfeit, expired, or stolen pills for a discount and they could potentially contain harmful substances…even sawdust!!!  Oh, and this wasn’t written by some rando, it’s by a guy who used to work for the FDA!

So I quickly got rid of all my supplements and started to buy from a reputable source.  I didn’t see any of my symptoms abate, but I felt better knowing for sure I was getting the good stuff.

But there was something I forgot.  I take CALM everyday to help with constipation but since it doesn’t come in a pill form (it’s just a powder) I wasn’t even thinking of it as a supplement.  Well, about a week ago I got a new bottle from Amazon and not only did it taste weaker, I got the exact same taste in my mouth as when you have a tooth ground down at the dentist.  Ew!!! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Eggless Plantain Bread

Flourless, Eggless Plaintain Bread3__No Sugarless GumI started this blog because when I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption I felt so alone.  I had never heard of this condition and I realized very early on that it’s hard to find support in people who don’t have a dietary disorder.  So I not only wanted to find recipes that were helpful, but I wanted to talk about my experiences.  Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Strawberry Jam

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I haven’t been posting much lately because I recently found a new doctor who is actually competent and we are trying to figure out what my gut problems are beyond fructose malabsorption.  I’ll post an update on that later.

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But for now…do you know how stinkin’ easy it is to make your own jam?  If ease were stink, it would be the stinkiest.  And strawberry jam is the perfect fruit to use for people with fructose malabsorption.  Strawberries aren’t very high in fructose, but since they have a higher fructose to glucose ratio, we FMers need to add dextrose to eat them.
You can use this delicious jam on Almond Bagels, Classic Pancakes, Buckwheat Banana Pancakes, or Faux-Chocolate Pancakes! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cinnamon Roll Granola

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In my old life (before Fructose Malabsorption), I had never eaten granola.  It’s brown, crumbly, and looks like it might taste like dirt.  Now, faced with very few options, I thought I would give it a try.  How wrong I was!!!  Granola is the greatest!  Specifically this granola.  Although, I don’t have anything to compare it to.

Sadly, having Fructose Malabsorption means you might not be able to use all the ingredients I used.  Perhaps you can’t have any.  Which is why this post on how to make granola is so great.  It gives you the basic rundown–the skeleton of the recipe–and you get to choose the ingredients.  Which is what I did a few weeks ago, and Cinnamon Roll Granola was born. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Peanut Butter Mug Cake

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I’ve had some really great days in my life: the day I got promoted to my dream job, my wedding day, and the day I made this cake.  You may think I’m being silly, but cake is kind of central to my life.  For example, when I got married there was cake.  Soon after my promotion I was presented with a cake.  If these things weren’t important there wouldn’t be cake, which makes cake important.  That’s my philosophically existential tip for the day. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts

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Around Christmas time I received a Facebook message from a gal I knew in college when we studied abroad in London, saying that she too has Fructose Malabsorption.

Of course I was sad for her, but mostly I was excited.  I finally know someone else who has it!  Poor Megan.  But yay for me!  (I don’t feel too bad admitting this, because she said she felt the same way when she found my blog.)

We made plans to make the candy hearts everyone gives out on Valentine’s Day with the little messages.  “C u later,” “call me,” “fructose sucks,” you know, the usual sayings. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Sports Drink

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I was told by a doctor that Gatorade’s “G2” is an acceptable drink for people who suffer from Fructose Malabsorption.  Which is only sort of true.  The added sugar in G2 is sucralose which I don’t know too much about, but I feel like it’s best not to take chances.

This recipe is adapted from Kitchen Stewardship, and it was really easy to make.  It tastes great but isn’t overpowering and it’ll be nice to have something to drink when I play tennis that isn’t lame, like water. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Jello

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I don’t particularly like jello, but I know other people do, so I decided to give it a go using this recipe from the Detoxinista as a guide.  Turns out, it’s extremely easy.  And since it really is just a blob of sugar, I’m sure I can choke it down.

Just for the picture I used some red food coloring in a few, but I try to avoid that if I can since I eat so many Smarties and Sweetarts that I probably get my fill.  If you want to know more about the potential dangers of food coloring here’s a good article. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Waffle Cones

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I’m really excited about these ice cream cones.  There have been recipes in the past that I’ve adapted for FM that I would say are as good as the “real” version, but this one is better.  I’ve never had an ice cream cone that tasted so good!  They remind me of caramel mixed with the hard sugary shell on top of a creme brulée.
These aren’t crunchy like you would expect, but if you want them to be you can store them in the freezer. Continue reading