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my 3 year old needs crunchy food to satisfy his sensory needs. he recently is GF DF CF EF CF SF. Gluten, Dairy, Casein, Egg, Corn, Soy FREE and I am having a hard time replacing the nice, crunchy cereals he used to eat and satisfied him. It is taking him 1+ hours to fall asleep while chewing on a teething toy and he is biting me since the diet change.


I offer:

rice crisp cereal

rice crisp squares w/ almond butter

bliss balls (raw nuts, seeds and dried fruit)

trail mix w/ raw nuts and seeds

granola bars (I have to try another recipe, he used to eat Kashi crunchy bars but mine are not as hard)

sweet potato chips (purchased)

fresh fruit pops w/ or without coconut milk yogurt

rice crackers (purchased)

pancakes topped with nuts and seeds

muffins w/ nuts and seeds


sweet potato fries



any thoughts on a healthier, cookie recipe? or any other crunchy, safe foods


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For snacks try raw carrots, raw purple cabbage, pickles, sunflower seeds, rice cakes and you could bake your own flat bread with GF flour and sesame seeds.


For cookies try a GF flour mix, ground up flax seeds for binding and crunch, coconut oil, aluminum free baking powder, fruit puree like pear or mango (I buy organic baby food for baking) and honey or maple syrup for sweetness and water or almond/hemp/sunflower seed or coconut milk. You will also need xanthan gum since their is no gluten to 'glue' it all together. The more runny you make the batter the more crisp your cookies will turn out.

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i have been substituting xanthan gum with flax meal, I thought I read it could be soy based? thanks for the cookie tip, we definitely need more crunchy.


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