Last year, my son was diagnosed with a mild case of Autism, ever since we have been doing everything we could to help him develop and so he can carry on a normal life in the future. While no one knows exactly what causes Autism, there have been studies showing that in certain cases a Gluten Free diet can help the child reduce the symptoms along with various forms of therapy and proper stimuli. What is difficult about the Gluten Free diet is that there are so many products on the market that uses it, which leads to people trying this diet cook more. Because we can’t find a Gluten free breakfast place, I make Gluten free pancakes on the weekends for my son and wife. My son loves these things, I will make him a short stack and he will go to town on them; it’s one of my favorite times of the week.
1 cup of Almond milk
1 1/4 cup of rice flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 cup extra as needed
2 teaspoons of salt
1. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and pour in almond milk and oil, then whisk in the eggs, allow to sit for 15 minutes.
2. In an oiled skillet on low-medium heat, pour in about 2/3 of a cup and wait for the bubbles to form(1min- 2min) then flip and allow other side to cook(30 sec).
3. Serve immediately and enjoy.
1. My son, just like any two-year old, will find a way to make a mess of anything. That being said, I like to add about 1/4 cup of agave nectar to the batter to avoid the use of messy syrup all over my couch later.
2. I particularly like the almond milk because of the strong nutty flavor it gives to the pancakes, but soy, rice and even coconut are fine substitutes.
3. Making simple meals like this is a great chance for you to bond with your child and make memories, I always like to let my son help me whisk, crack eggs (hand over hand) and we count the pancakes when we are done.
I feel like it is important as a parent of a child with Autism, to go through the same dietary changes that the child goes through so when he/she grows up they will have the habit developed and you won’t need to worry about them “cheating”. It is all a matter of practicing what you preach.