Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

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I have never liked sweet potato fries or chips.  But then I discovered the orangey things you get served at restaurants are actually yams!  Why are we being lied to about this?  Sweet potatoes actually have a white flesh, like a regular potato, and taste pretty similar except, well, a little sweet.

Store-bought sweet potato chips seem to insist on using the orange yams, which is fine if you like those and don’t mind the rancid vegetable oils they are cooked in.  I prefer to make them at home and use a healthy fat: lard.  Yeah, lard is good for you.  Who knew?  Read this article, if you don’t believe me. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Cereal

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Besides butter, boxed cereal is probably my favorite food.  It’s delicious as a snack or meal, for breakfast or dinner!  But it’s also really bad for you–even the kind you get at your local co-op.  Not only are they usually packed with sugar (even the natural kind) but the extrusion process by which they make the little cereal shapes destroys all the vitamins and nutrients.  Sucky.

So what’s a cereal lover to do?  Ditch the Alphabits and make her own!  This is my first attempt, but won’t be my last (unless I die).  Made with buckwheat and peanut butter, it’s both delicate and dense.  This cereal is packed with nutrients and is a great way to start the day (or end it!). Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

Lacto-Fermented Vegetables__No Sugarless GumLacto-fermented vegetables.  It sounds gross, I know.  But it’s basically just another word for pickling.  You shouldn’t be intimidated–it’s fun and easy!  All you need to do is chop, pour, and store.

When my grandma lived on a farm she would have tons of pickled baby cucumbers and the whole family would gobble them up and then take an armful of jars home.  When I was diagnosed with FM, I thought I would never get one of her jars of pickles again, but she surprised me last Christmas with these: Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

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During the first phase of the Mediator Release Test diet, I was having difficulty finding enough to eat.  This is one of the great things I came up with (based on a recipe from the Adirondack Chick) to have for breakfast that stayed true to my personal food plan.

These are great sprinkled with a cinnamon/dextrose mixture, or with some pure maple syrup! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Pulled Pork and Quinoa Tortillas

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This week I started the suggested LEAP diet based on my Mediator Release Test results.  It has only been two days and it has been kind of brutal.  There isn’t a lot to eat during the first phase, but here is a dish that I’ve been having for dinner that I love.

Thankfully one of my least reactive foods is pork, and my husband makes the most delicious pulled pork.  Ever.  You don’t even need barbeque sauce–that would just ruin it.  And I’m finally sharing the recipe with you lucky people.  The best part is that it’s a fairly simple recipe.

We’ve tried different types of pork, and here’s the breakdown: 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: Homemade Gummy Bears

Homemade Gummy Bears2__No Sugarless GumI recently saw a post on the blog Fructopia about a company called Frusano that makes fructose-free gummy bears and other products.  Sadly, that company is based in Germany, so I thought I was out of luck.  Then my new BFF (best fructose friend) Megan told me they ship to the United States!  Shipping is about $60 but I really didn’t care and ordered a bunch of gummies and even some chocolate! Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes

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This is a favorite meal in my house–meaning, it’s my favorite.  Originally it’s from Martha Stewart’s website, with some adjustments. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Marshmallows


Having Fructose Malabsorption I’ve been living for so long with the mindset of “Can’t have that, never eat this…” that it just about blew my mind when I discovered that I could eat marshmallows.  Homemade, of course.  And making them was a breeze!  Or relatively easy, anyway.
The texture is a bit more jiggly than grocery-store marshmallows, but the taste is great! Continue reading