As a food allergy consultant to schools, I get asked all kinds of questions and involved in all sorts of projects. Recently, I received a fun assignment! My daughter’s school asked me to find a safe doughnut to help them celebrate Hanukkah while adhering to their strict nut-free policy.
Hanukkah is celebrated over eight nights – recognizing the miracle of the burning oil in the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. Recognizing that miracle, celebrants everywhere look forward to the tradition of indulging in food fried in oil each night, including doughnuts! I mean, if we must…
Traditionally, Jews serve sufganiyot, a jelly doughnut during Hanukkah. The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik offers this awesome vegan recipe (which means it’s dairy and egg-free!):
I will acknowledge, doughnut making can be time consuming and messy! Preparing doughnuts from scratch is also tough if you’re trying to feed a crowd. Krispy Kreme used to be the go-to Hanukah doughnuts for my own family as well as for the classrooms I teach in. Now that Krispy Kreme donuts are decidedly not safe, where can you buy a nut-free doughnut?
Enter Katz’s Gluten-Free Donuts. Sold in boxes of 6, these doughnuts are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free! You can find them in the kosher frozen food section of the supermarket. There’s no preparation necessary – just thaw. Or, for a mouthwatering experience, heat up for a few seconds in the microwave. (I’m drooling as I write this…)
Be sure to check out our list of Allergy-Friendly Bakeries. Dun Well Donuts, The Donut Pub, Brandon’s Best Allergen-Free Sweets ‘N Treats and Amazing Donuts are just a few bakeries on our list that make doughnuts reviewers rave about. There may be a bakery near you! (And, if your favorite allergy-friendly bakery isn’t on the list, shoot us a note!)