Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Almond Flour Cake with Strawberry Frosting

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Yesterday was my birthday.  And as I mentioned last year in my Birthday Cupcakes!!! post, I have high standards for the day.
Determined not to let my recent SIBO diagnosis put a damper on things, I did quite a bit of research and prep to make sure I had proper cake and frosting options. 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: Spritz Cookies

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I had hoped to get this recipe out before Christmas, but it wasn’t quite right and I ran out of butter.  But now I get to use the cute tea towel my aunt Jenna gave me for my pictures!

Every year at Christmas my uncle Rae (who is really my aunt and no one seems to be able to tell my why we call her that), makes a large box of cookies that everyone hovers over all night.  And inside that box is my absolute favorite Christmas food ever: spritz cookies.  Spritz Cookies3__No Sugarless GumThis was my first fructose-free Christmas, and I was nervous about staring down those cookies. In past years I would eat them nonstop and then Rae would give me a bagful later in the evening so I could continue to stuff my face with them while at home. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Basic Thanksgiving Stuffing

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Now you need some stuffing to go with your turkey, right?

This stuffing recipe is based on one from Better Homes and Gardens, and both my husband and father seemed to like it, even though I took out a few ingredients. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Thanksgiving Turkey and Gravy

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If you read my post on 6 Ways To Survive the Holidays With Fructose Malabsorption then you’ll know one of the options was to cook a meal yourself to bring along with you if you’re having dinner elsewhere, which is what I’m doing this year.

I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find a turkey that was free of added ingredients.  My husband does the grocery shopping (thank god, I don’t want to look at stupid fructose absorbers buying my favorite foods!), and he finally found a turkey breast that was untainted.  Which stinks because I like dark meat the best, but I’ll take what I can get.  Plus cooking an entire turkey for just myself would be overkill anyway. Continue reading

6 Ways To Survive the Holidays With Fructose Malabsorption

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I absolutely adore holiday season.  The rest of the year, I’m a cynical pessimist, but I can’t help falling prey to the cheery commercialism and succumbing to that warm fuzzy feeling you get when entering a mall starting at the beginning of November.

But this year a dark cloud has been hovering over my contentment, and thy name is Fructose Malabsorption. Continue reading