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Healthy dairy&wheat free birthday cake for 1 year old?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,
would love to bake a cake for my 1 year old that he can accually eat. He has not had any sugar or junk and I would love to keep it that way. Anyone have a real good recipe ? He loves fruits!
post #2 of 8

this one hasn't got any fruit in it, but it is vegan, and yummy!

Amazing Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie

1 package Mori Nu firm silken tofu
1 package dairy-free choc chips
¼ cup Kahlua
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup
graham cracker pie crust
Melt chocolate chips. Thoroughly puree melted chips in food processor or blender with tofu, vanilla, Kahlua and maple syrup. Pour into prepared crust and chill for 2 hours. Enjoy!

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup fructose
1/3 cup melted margarine

Put crackers in the blender to create crumbs, or put them in a bag that closes and roll them with a rolling pin until you have the desired amount of crumbs.
Preheat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, mix well crumbs, fructose, and melted margarine.
With back of spoon, press rest of mixture to bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate, making a small rim.
Bake 8 minutes then remove crumb crust to wire rack to cool.
Fill as recipe directs.

post #3 of 8
I made a vegan pumpkin pie without sugar in- I used brown rice malt & maple syrup to sweeten it - for dd for the winter solstice. Seeing as it's summer where you are, you could probably do some frozen fruit / moussey type of thing. Or like a vegan type of cheesecake without a base or with a oat base with tons of fresh berries on top.

I haven't got any exact recipes to hand but you can make vegan cheesecakes with silken tofu ( organic of course ) bung in the blender with maple syrup, melted brown rice malt, purreed fruit, spices, vanilla etc. to taste If you're going to bake it, bake it in a moderate oven until set & then cool & chill & top with fresh fruit & maybe some form of soycream. You can make your own with tofu, some sweetener& lemon juice in a blender.

If you don't want to bake it, you can use agar agar flakes dissolved in hot water to set ( check out packet for qtys). In fact, you could scrap the cake idea all together & make a real fruit jelly with fruit juice, fruits pieces & use agar agar to set it.

The other way to make a vegan no sugar mousse is to use coconut cream & lemon juice & purred fruit. I use organic dried mangos soaked in a bit of water overnight. It is quite a funky tasting concoction so I'd definitely do a practise run

If you wanted a proper cake that is gluten free, that will actually taste like a cake to other people, these are generally made with ground almonds instead of flour. Not sure how you feel about nuts ( or eggs ) & a 1 yr old. I know my dd reacted to them until very recently. The idea is you whip up several egg whites until very frothy & firm. Fold in the egg yolks, sugar ( or whatever else you're using ), melted chocolate is the usual one although I had a recipe somewhere that used carrots, then fold in the ground almonds & bake in a mildish heated oven. A bit like baking a quiche.

The other possibility is to try using spelt flour as it is very low gluten ?
post #4 of 8

awesome vegan dessert cookbook

Some of the recipes may be more suited for your child once a little older, but my absolute favorite cookbook for sweets is "Great Good Desserts Naturally" by Fran Costigan. I cook quite extensively (as a personal chef, in restaurants, etc.) and continue to go back to her recipes for inspiration and just pure deliciousness! All recipes are for items free from milk, eggs, butter, cholesterol, refined sugar, junk, & hard work..
check it out!
post #5 of 8
I wonder if you might could make an applesauce spice cake with maybe spelt flour? I know that in regular recipes the applesauce replaces some of the liquid (rest of which you could use whatever you normally replace milk with) as well as sweetener. That way it wouldn't have to be too sweet & would have a nice fruity flavor.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
wow, wonder if you are a mommy yet? I love the names you picked out for your child. Thanks for the yummy sounding recipe, I will be sure to try it one day.

Ocean Momma,
I love the cheesecake idea topped with fruit, or just some other kind of fruit dessert or mousse, great ideas.

thanks for sharing, I will be sure to get that book, I am craving dessert type things lately but don't want to eat junk.

I have baked some cakes with concentrated apple juice instead of sweeteners, works pretty well too. The applesauce idea sounds intersting.

I will let you know what I decide to do, I gotta start thinking of his birthday -

Lots of love and thanks again,

post #7 of 8
hah, this thread is old. i think banana bread makes an excellent dessert for babies.
post #8 of 8
would a banana bread made with spelt be okay - if so that is the healthest thing that woudl look like "cake" and it is so easy to make it vegan.

but if it were me, i would also dress up sliced fruit (mango? pineapple - are these okay for 1 year olds? or try peaches/plums if you can get them - anything in bright colors would look really dazzling) and stick the candle right on top of the pile. why should it look like a 'cake' anyway?? you could grind up some almonds and sprinke them on, maybe (again, i can't remember if almonds are okay for age 1)

good luck and happy birthday!
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