So the big ONE year birthday was approaching, and I wanted the photo of my baby digging into his cake with frosting all over his face…but I had never fed him anything that wasn’t whole grain or that contained refined sugar, and he’d only had little tastes of dairy and whole eggs.
So how on earth do you make a cake without these things? Does everything you’ve done to give your baby a nutritious, healthy foundation go out the window because it’s his birthday? It doesn’t have to!
Here is a recipe for a healthy, but YUMMY first birthday cake! Best of all, it only contains a few ingredients and is super easy to make.
2 cups organic whole wheat flour
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 tsp baking soda
6 medium, ripe organic bananas – mashed
1 cup organic applesauce (make sure it’s only apples and no sugar added)
1/4 to 1/2 cup organic milk of choice (goat, cow, soy, rice or almond)
8oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 325 deg F (160 deg C).
In a bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ and baking soda.
In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce with the mashed bananas and milk.
Pour the applesauce mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pour into a greased pan and bake for around 1 1/2 hours. The cake is ready when a sharp knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator about 45 minutes before you’re going to use it. Thoroughly whisk together the cream cheese with the maple syrup. Frost the cake as soon as it’s cool, and serve it to your big one year old!
Another bonus: If there are any other kids there, even if they are under one, you can feel good about serving them this cake.