DS2 is nearly 1 and has a dairy allergy but is very small for his age (just 8 kg). I'm slowly learning to build up a little repetoire of high-calorie dairy-free food for him, but am always on the look-out for new ideas. I know many other children who are dairy-free have the same problem, so i thought I'd start a thread for people to swap ideas/recipes/tips etc on how to get those extra calories into our dairy-free babes.
I've recently tried making coconut milk ice-cream (with the extra rich coconut milk), which went down pretty well with both ds2 (dairy allergic) and ds1 who isn't.
I was also considering trying to make a "cheesecake" without either cheese or eggs.
Otherwise, mushroom/beef strogonoff (sp?) made with oat cream/soya cream seems to go down quite well (I'm prefering oat cream at the moment though as it is less sweet that soya, but quite hard to get hold of).
For the coconut milk ice-cream I did: 1 tin coconut milk (extra creamy one) 50 g sugar fruit (I used strawberries and bananas this time, but I think mango or other "tropical" type fruit would probably work pretty well)
Blend everything up together and cool for 1/2 hour or so in fridge then add to ice-cream maker (I guess it can also be made by just putting in the freezer and stirring regularly until frozen). It seems to be best when straight out of the ice-cream maker (when it's still a bit soft) but it only takes about half an hour to do.
For the stroganoff I didn't use stock but only because of ds2's age and not wanting to add salt so i just managed without, but it still worked pretty OK. Am also a big fan of the oatly stuff as it means not substituting all dairy with soya. I also tried oat milk ice-cream but that's got much less calories than coconut milk. I just wonder whether the cream might make good ice-cream though?
We were told to add extra oil to everything we cooked, which I tried for a bit but it didn't taste very nice and he didn't seem very keen. I do put extra margarine in his mashed potatoes/couscous though.
He's a lot older now (5) and I don't worry so much, but I have always been very generous with home-made dairy-free cakes (I generally reduce the sugar content by about 25% though), and feel more relaxed than I normally would about him having chips and things from time to time.
I also find he seems to have a big appetite (I guess because the dairy free diet means less calories) so he does have big servings of carbohydrates, meat, lentils etc.
My DD is 5mths and is severly intolerant to dairy/soya (but ok with egg)
She has been prescribed neocate to drink.
She is very indepenant and won't let me feed her mashed potato etc only wants finger food type things.
I tend to give avocado and put olive oil on everything*
*but the point weta made about them having a bigger appetite because they are dairy free makes sense as DD can eat enormous amounts of pasta,meat,veg etc..ie 3 times what DS (3) eats. He is not intolerant to anything BTW.
HoochieMehMeh, where do you buy the coconut oil from?
I used to add olive oil to stuff but ds2 objects now, so I put a teaspoon of either pure spread or I recently discovered tesco value spread is also dairy free. I also think I over did it with the avocados. When I was first weaning ds2 I gave him avocado with everything and now he won't touch them .
My children are not allergic to dairy but I am not keen and do most of the cooking and also I don't eat a lot of meat so...as my two are small I use vegetable or olive lots, loads of pulses, chickpeas and lentils if nothing else to bulk food out. I also add olive oil to loosen homemade baby food that I have frozen. Lots of pasta, cous cous and potatoes. Rice is a good carb. If you are meat eaters don't choose skinny options go for the best quality you can afford steak mince with the fat on! Chicken breasts with skin on, chicken thighs (I use these more than breast tbh) more fatty and much cheaper as well as tender.
I quite often gave him potato wedges or chips, shallow fried in olive oil. I also used to buy fattier bits of meat (difficult-had to specifically request them at the butchers) and made stews. He got puddings regularly rather than our usual once ion a blue moon and I am also a fan of the oat cream.
He was on prescription formula til age 2.
Having said that, none of it made any difference - he stayed small and skinny and today (age 3.5) with no dairy allergy he is still small and skinny, but very active and generally healthy. So give it a go by all means but if he is healthy and active don't worry too much.