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No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem
Culinary expert develops recipes for those like her with food allergies and sensitivities

SAN FRANCISCO – Here it is: a cookbook with more than 150 wheat-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free recipes. These aren’t exotic, they’re everyday things that we all want to eat, including chili, meatballs, Bourguignon, stroganoff, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and desserts like puddings, ice cream, cakes, cheesecake, cookies, cream puffs, chocolate truffles, and more!
Culinary expert and cookbook author Lauren Hoover gives a combination of familiar, healthy ingredients, with alternatives and substitutes for additional food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance, in No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem, (published by iUniverse). With educational components including dairy and wheat names to look for on labels, helpful hints and professional secrets, safety and sanitation, resources and Web sites for products and additional ingredient information, this cookbook is invaluable to anyone struggling with food allergies or sensitivity to wheat and dairy and intolerance to sugar, or anyone who desires healthy alternatives. Using naturally healthy, familiar and easy-to-find ingredients like coconut milk and almond milk, agave nectar and oat flour, the recipes have been created and tested by this traditionally trained chef with 15 years experience. No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem is written with very clear directions and detailed step-by-step instructions with a bit of humor and non-cooking tips too.
Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy where she was classically trained, and went onto specialize in Pastry.  Some of the places she worked along her culinary career include: La Folie, one Michelin star, Hyatt and Marriott resorts, where she cooked for Presidents Clinton, Bush Sr., Carter and Ford,  Fairmont Hotel, Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Wente Brother’s Winery.  Lauren also worked at The San Francisco Chronicle and Veggie Life Magazine where she published, tested recipes, product testing, food styling, cookbook review etc…
She went on to teach culinary school in California after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. While earning a psychology degree she discovered and developed her deep desire to help improve other people’s lives through writing this cookbook.
Eric Tucker, Executive Chef of Millennium Restaurant says, “A very informative and appealing book that everyone who loves creative, healthy cuisine will love whether you can or cannot eat wheat and dairy.  A broad range of recipes from simple and earthy to sexy and decadent.” Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy says, “Lauren Hoover applied her expertise and own experience to create this cookbook filled with tantalizing recipes. Her use of natural ingredients and unwillingness to sacrifice an ounce of flavor has resulted in this delicious compilation of Southern comfort food, elegant entertaining and seductive desserts that will make you forget what isn’t inside. Visit for more information.
No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem

Bay Area Bites Blog
by Stefanie Rosenbaum

Diagnosed seven years ago with allergies to wheat and dairy, Lauren Hoover was thrilled. Finally, she had a reason for the stomachaches and congestion that had plagued her for decades. All she had to do was cut every last bit of wheat and dairy out of her diet. How hard could it be, especially for a smart foodie and trained chef?

“I didn’t think I ate a lot of processed food, but the first time I went to the supermarket after my diagnosis, I stood outside in the parking lot and cried,” Hoover relates. Everything, it seemed, had some sneaky remnant of wheat or dairy in it. “I thought, what am going to eat, besides chicken, fish, fruit and vegetables? I decided right then that I wasn’t going to live the rest of my life without the foods I love.”

As a professional pastry chef trained at the California Culinary Academy, Hoover was better equipped than most to start tinkering with her favorite recipes. Having worked at numerous high-end hotels, resorts, and restaurants including San Francisco’s La Folie, she didn’t want to ditch her pot pies and chocolate cakes for quinoa and sprouts. Instead, she wanted her meals to be healthy but normal– the sort of thing anyone would be happy to eat, whether or not they had food sensitivities.

What began out of necessity turned into a mission. Returning to college to pursue a psychology degree, she had dreams of becoming a child-advocacy lawyer. In between classes, though, she kept baking, bringing wheat, dairy, and soon sugar-free treats to her study buddies. Friends clamored for her cupcakes and other goodies, and finally an enthusiastic friend insisted that she share her recipes in a cookbook.

“This has become my legacy, the way I can help people who are suffering,” says Hoover. The 150 sweet and savory recipes in her new book No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem are the result of seven years’ worth of experimenting, testing, and teaching. She’ll be celebrating with a launch party on Saturday, July 18 at 3pm at Noe Valley’s Omnivore Books.

So, what are the must-haves for the wheat- and/or dairy-free kitchen? Since Hoover doesn’t cook with refined sugar, agave nectar is high on her list, although she also likes date sugar, sucanat, and maple syrup for sweetening. “Along with agave nectar, I’d say oat flour, olive or grapeseed oil, and some kind of milk substitute– I like coconut and almond milks, but you can use rice or soy milk, too,” she notes.

Making her book accessible, even to novice cooks outside the well-stocked environs of the Bay Area, was very important to Hoover. “I’m not interested in using a lot of weird ingredients; I think people should be able to make these recipes whether or not they have a Rainbow Grocery down the street.”

Accordingly, her recipes offer plenty of suggestions for substitutions, along with instructions for whipping up homemade basics like raw almond milk.

The back of the book also offers a crash course in supermarket label-reading, including a 4-page list of often-overlooked wheat and dairy derivatives, from whey protein to modified food starch.

Having seen too many food-sensitive friends give in to momentary brownie or pizza cravings only to suffer the consequences for days on end, Hoover promises that “with this book, you can have everything you love without having to suffer.” The hardest thing for her to leave behind? “Triple-creme cheese, and yogurt,” she sighs. “But I know, for me, it’s just not worth it.”


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Go Dairy Free tested out some of the recipes here.

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No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem
As a professional pastry chef with a resume that includes several high end hotels, resorts, and restaurants, including San Francisco’s La Folie, Lauren Hoover wasn’t going to settle for less when she found out she was allergic to wheat and dairy. She wanted to enjoy all of her favorite meals without the least bit of sacrafice in taste. The result was 150 sweet and savory recipes compiled into her new cookbook, No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem.The image below was my first peak at the cover, so I can’t yet comment on the layout of the book, functionality, flow, etc., but I did have the opportunity to view the recipes before the book went to print, and of course, taste test a few …When I am approached by a chef with a new cookbook, I typically have a general expectation for the food concepts I will find. This includes unique (and often too unique) flavor pairings, some new-to-me ingredients, and some special skills I will need to master in the kitchen. But Lauren Hoover’s recipes are refreshingly familiar. She focuses on whole foods and producing time-tested favorites (such as crab cakes, pot pie, and meatloaf), yet without wheat (spelt and oats are used, so this is not a gluten-free recipe book), dairy, or refined sugars. I would certainly define her style as basic homestyle cooking, with a focus on healthy ingredients.As for those recipes, I wanted to start with a flour-based recipe and a “creamy” recipe.

Since the basic “Cream” Sauce is utilized for several recipes within No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem, it seemed like the obvious first choice. The sauce was very light in the “cream” aspect, but full of flavor. The author offers a few options in preparation, but I chose to use the chicken stock, I added 8 ounces of mushrooms, and some cooked, sliced chicken for a delicious cream of chicken and mushroom dish over rice. I look forward to trialing her suggestion for “creamed” tuna, which sounded so much like a childhood favorite.

To test out the wheat-free, and in this case gluten-free, aspect of this cookbook, I sampled the Rice Flour Pancakes. They turned out light, fluffy, and just a wee bit crumbly … nothing a good dousing of maple syrup wouldn’t fix though. I did opt to reduce the salt in this recipe, and would lower it even a little more, and I had to increase the liquid a bit to make it pourable, but I do live in a dry climate. In the end, I was seriously impressed with the taste, texture, and how easy the pancakes were to make. In fact, these were some of the easiest pancakes to flip, ever!

Of course, I couldn’t resist testing them out as waffles too …

The cookbook also offers another pancake recipe which is just wheat-free, for those who can handle some gluten, and dozens of baked goodie recipes that I have yet to dive into!

No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem is available now from Amazon in a paperback and hardback .

Published August 19th, 2009
Summer Fruit Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
By Susie Iventosch
Lauren Hoover Photo provided

Have you ever tried a wheat-free, dairy-free recipe only to discover it tastes like a cardboard copy of real food, lacking the key attributes of flavor and texture? If so, Lauren Hoover has just the cookbook for you. No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem is a revolutionary cookbook filled with 150 tested recipes, which, in addition to being wheat and dairy-free, use only unrefined sugars, so diabetics can enjoy them too.
“No Wheat No Dairy No Problem aims to help everyone with food sensitivities or allergies, diabetes and autism,” Hoover pointed out. “However, it is for anyone who desires to eat and cook healthy. It is also great for people who need to eat heart healthy diets, since the main flour used is oat flour.”
Hoover, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and St. Mary’s College of Moraga, wrote this book so people with limited diets and food issues won’t unnecessarily be deprived of the recipes and foods they’ve grown to love … like ice cream!
“I suffered stomach aches and congestion my whole life, until I was finally diagnosed with a dairy allergy at the age of 35,” she said. “As a pastry chef, I was overexposed to wheat, which resulted in wheat allergy, too.”
Prior to her diagnosis, Hoover had grown weary of her daily discomfort and thought “it can’t be normal to feel like this all the time.” So she made a concerted effort to find out what was wrong with her. Her research pointed to a possible wheat allergy, and as a result she omitted wheat from her diet, which made her feel better, but still not great. Then she met with an internist who ordered blood work that revealed a dairy allergy. Within six weeks of cutting out dairy and wheat, Hoover had a new lease on life.
“The stomach aches and congestion went away and I had more energy than ever before,” she explained. “But the foods I was able to eat on my new regime often tasted like cardboard. So I started converting old favorites into new edibles for me.”
Hoover also says that many children who actually have wheat allergies have been misdiagnosed with autism.
“The autism community is making great strides with this kind of diet,” she said. “There have been cases where autism symptoms have vanished after being on a wheat-free, dairy-free diet.”
With a new-found mission to help as many people in the world as possible, this classically-trained chef who honed her culinary skills in many famous kitchens (La Folie, Hyatt and Marriot resorts, Fairmont Hotel, Bally’s Hotel and Casino and Wente Brothers Winery, to name a few) decided to write a cookbook at the urging of her good friends.
For the past seven years, that is exactly what she set out to do, working weekends and nights on the book, which was just published in July.
“Through this cookbook, people on limited diets due to allergies can now enjoy many of the foods they know and love,” she said. “Actually, anyone can try these recipes and appreciate that eating and cooking healthy can be delicious!”
Alisa Fleming of said, “Lauren Hoover applied her expertise and own experience to create this cookbook filled with tantalizing recipes. Her use of natural ingredients and [her] unwillingness to sacrifice an ounce of flavor has resulted in this delicious compilation of Southern comfort food, elegant entertaining and seductive desserts that will make you forget what isn’t inside!”
In the book, Hoover offers tips for what to look for on labels to determine dairy and wheat content, helpful hints about safety and sanitation, and resources for where to find more information about food allergies and how to combat them. No Wheat No Dairy No Problem offers suggestions of how to eat healthier in general and the recipes call for commonly found ingredients.
“It was very important to me to use healthy, familiar and readily available ingredients in my recipes for No Wheat No Dairy No Problem” Hoover said “In realizing that not everyone has a health food store or specialty shop near their home, I added recipes for the main ingredients including: almond milk and oat flour in case people cannot find the ingredients they can make them.”
This recipe for Summer Fruit Crisp is timely with all of the beautiful ripe stone fruits at the farmers’ markets. We made this dish last weekend with peaches, plums and nectarines and it turned out beautifully!
To learn more about food allergies, or to purchase a copy of No Wheat No Dairy No Problem, please visit

Agave nectar, a natural extract from the cactus plant with minimal processing, has a low glycemic index (eliminated the highs and lows associated with refined sugar) and tolerated by most diabetics.

There has been a lot of confusion about oats not being gluten-free. The oats are actually gluten free, but most are contaminated with gluten in the manufacturing process. Now there are companies such as Bob’s Red Mill, ( that have gluten free oats available.
Lauren’s peachy-pear crisp Photo Susie Iventosch
Summer Fruit Crisp
I look forward to summer fruits all year long. Who doesn’t like
warm fruit with a crumbly topping with vanilla ice “cream”?
Yields: 1 (9×12) pan or 2 quart round soufflé dish-serves
6-10 people
3 pounds of stone fruit
(nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums), 1 inch slices
½ cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon tapioca starch or 2 tablespoons oat
or barley flour
1 cup oat or barley flour, sifted
½ cup date sugar or maple sugar or sucanat
(I substituted organic turbinado raw cane sugar)
1 stick vegan Earth Balance, cold or frozen and diced
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla powder, optional
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash lemons and fruit with vegetable wash. Do you know how many people have handled that fruit? Trust me, you don’t want to know…just wash it and rinse well with cold water! Slice fruit and put in a large bowl and add the rest of the filling ingredients to the fruit, stir well. Place fruit mixture into a 9×12 glass baking dish or a 2-quart round soufflé dish or something equivalent-it can be a different shape, but the same size. Set fruit aside.
For the topping, place all ingredients into a food processor with the “S” blade (Sabatier chopping blade) and pulse until it is crumbly and the size of cherries. This can also be done with a pastry cutter in a bowl. Pour evenly over fruit and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Cool for one hour.
*Can prepare crisp ahead of time and freeze to bake at a later time. If frozen, increase baking time to approximately 1 hour.

SoL™ Sunflower Beverage Introduces Food Allergy Friendly Cupcake Recipe Just in Time for Back to School Parties

Free from the wheat, dairy, and peanuts that allergic reactions in millions of children, SoL’s latest creation allows more kids to enjoy traditional classroom celebration treats

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SoL Chocolate Cupcake

Wheat, dairy, eggs, and peanuts are some of the most common allergens among food allergic children….We worked with pastry chef Lauren Hoover West to develop a delicious food allergy friendly cupcake recipe devoid of those ingredients.

Hope, MN (PRWEB) August 21, 2012

For the more than 6 million American children who suffer from food allergies, normal back-to-school jitters are magnified by the fear of accidentally eating something while at school that will make them ill – in some cases so ill that immediate medical attention is required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 to 18 percent of children with food allergies have had allergic reactions to accidental ingestion of food allergens while in school. Furthermore, the classroom is reported to be the most likely location for a reaction to occur.

“Food allergic children often feel left out when other students bring in birthday party cupcakes or other treats to share with the entire class,” said Tina Nelson, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Consumer Products, SunOpta Grains & Foods Group and Sunrich Naturals, makers of SoL Sunflower Beverage. “Wheat, dairy, eggs, and peanuts are some of the most common allergens among food allergic children – and are also frequently featured ingredients in cupcakes and other baked goods. To offer kids and their parents a safer choice for classroom sharing and prevent food-allergic children from feeling excluded, we worked with pastry chef Lauren Hoover West to develop a delicious food allergy friendly cupcake recipe devoid of those ingredients.”

Hoover-West, author of No Wheat, No Dairy, No Problem Cookbook, was challenged to create kid-friendly cupcakes made with SoL™ Sunflower Beverage that are vegan, dairy-free, peanut-free and gluten-free.

The result is an irresistible, fudgy, and moist chocolate cake with a silky smooth chocolate ganache frosting that both kids and adults will love. The SoL™ Chocolate Cake or Cupcake recipe, can be foundhere.

With 8% of U.S. children suffering from food allergies, and 40% of those kids having a history of severe reactions, parents and schools are looking for a greater selection of foods and beverages that are free from common food allergens. SoL™ Sunflower Beverage, made from wholesome sunflower seeds grown on American family farms, is naturally free of the eight most common food allergens including milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. SoL™ lends itself well to recipes and can be enjoyed in place of dairy or nut milk any time of the day.

In addition to being allergy friendly, SoL™ is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. Available in three varieties – Original, Unsweetened and Vanilla – each 8 oz. serving of SoL™ provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid.

To learn more about SoL™, visit 
About Sunrich Naturals®
Sunrich Naturals, maker of SoL™ Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do – how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.

Sunrich Naturals is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States.

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  1. Hi Chef Lauren! I’m a new reader of your site and blog and so far love it! I am 50 years old and just discovered a few years ago that I have food sensitivities (after years of pain and discomfort). So needless to say, I’m still figuring things out…like “bread”. I purchased your book last night and was so anxious to see your bread recipes but haven’t found what I’m looking for:( Have you come up with any new bread recipes since your book was published? I’m looking for a P&J type of bread that doesn’t use wheat and yeast, do you have any recommendations? Thanks for all you do!

    • I must admit, that bread is not my forte. I would highly recommend you read my article on my blog about bread. I love but they call for yeast. My Irish Soda bread recipe and cornbread recipes are very good.

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