acupuncture, traditional chinese medicine, herbs
If you try to avoid sugar in your life, birthdays can be quite the challenge! Well here is a recipe for a gluten free birthday cake with fruit being the only sugar in the whole thing. You would never guess it by how great it tastes- sort of like banana bread. I found a few recipes online, altered them a little, and found this version to taste the best and have the best texture.
9 ripe organic bananas
1c. cooked & smashed organic apples
6 T organic butter (or coconut oil for vegan version)
2 T organic vanilla
2 t. baking soda
1 c. gluten free oat flour
1 c. almond flour
1/2 c. coconut flour
1/2 c. rice flour
Mash the bananas and cooked apples. In a separate bowl, mix the flours (preferably organic) and the baking soda together. Mix all the remaining ingredients together and mix really well. Coat the bottom of your pan with butter or coconut oil. Pour the batter in the greased pan(s) and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. The time depends on what type of pan(s) you use, so be sure to check that it is done by putting a clean knife into the center and when it comes out clean, it is then done.
I did the above mixture in a 9 x 13 pan and then when it was done baking I took a small 2 cup round glass Pyrex dish and cut out 2 circles and then set that aside for our daughter's cake and cut the rest into bite sized pieces for all the other kids at the party. We figured it wasn't fair to feed our daughter a sugar free cake and not have that option available to the other kids! (We had a gluten free sugar cake for the adults...)
For the frosting, we used organic whole whipping cream, whipped it up into whipped cream and added 1 T organic vanilla. We did not add any sugar to this either. Then you can decorate it with your child's favorite fruit! It is quick, easy, and your child will still be a happy child at the end of the party! :)
Brittany Petrick, L.Ac, MSOM, BSN
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