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Cake Recipe.

For those of you who’ve asked… Here is the recipe of the healthy cake we made for Chase’s first birthday.

Ingredients:
2 ½ cups thinly sliced carrots
2 ½ cups apple juice concentrate (I only used 2 tablespoons because even the health food store ones have more grams of sugar than I would like)
1 ½ cups raisins (you can get healthy, organic ones from the health food store too and they are just as yummy)
Vegetable cooking spray
2 cups whole-wheat flour
½ cup wheat germ
2 tablespoon low-sodium baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce (confession; i forgot to add this! It would be so much more moist with it, don’t forget :))

01. Combine carrots with the 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the juice concentrate in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

02. Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add the raisins and process until finely chopped. Let mixture cool.

03. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 9-inch-square cake pans with waxed paper and spray the paper with vegetable cooking spray.

04. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add ¼ cups juice concentrate, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 4 egg whites, and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat until well mixed. Fold in the carrot puree and applesauce. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. (confession; I even forgot the applesauce!! It still turned out good, but would be more moist with it. So don’t forget the part!)

05. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Cool briefly in the pans, then turn our onto wire racks to cool completely.

I was impressed with how yummy this was. You should try it out!

The “frosting” we used was a natural whip cream with 2grams of sugar. So he did get a tiny bit of sweetness!! To me it was very bland, but to him… he LOVED it :)

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4 thoughts on “Cake Recipe.

  1. You’re such a good mommy :) I contemplating doing something like that for a little while… and then I just decided a little (or actually) a lot of sugar on one day wouldn’t kill him. But Chase was clearly just as happy with his healthy cake ~ I think that’s great! So what kinds of stuff do you feed him on a typical day?? I’m always looking for ideas from other moms! Other than for his birthday splurge, I try to feed Josiah really healthy stuff, but I do let him have bites of my food too which isn’t always as good. We always start with veggies, but he definitely prefers cheese, chicken, pasta (usually whole-wheat), and bread!

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    1. See, the flip side, is I was actually pretty sad about not doing a super sweet cake because i felt like i was depriving him of a huge treat. I might let him do the real deal birthday cake next year :)

      My husband is the one who really wants Chase to eat organically or all naturally. Don’t get me wrong… i do feel like i should feed him this way, but i didn’t know how and still kinda don’t, but ted is the one who has been pretty strict with his diet and really helped me keep up on it.

      For a long while we felt him Earth’s best brand food, which is organic. Now that he is older and eats more etc, i steam a lot of veggies and blend them into meals as well as fruits. He eats raw fruits and veggies a lot too. And when we eat meals as a family at dinner time, like if we have mashed potatoes or baked. I give him some of his own, but without anything on it. Or like last night we sauteed zucchini and squash in a little olive oil and a little butter and we let him have some of that too.I have yet to give him meat, we haven’t decided on when yet but mostly because right now we’re switching our diet and intake.

      For snacks he has natural raisins, cheese, crackers, fruit/veggies, organics puffs and the sweet treat he gets is all natural fruit leather strips from a natural foods store. He loves them!

      We’re at the beginning stage of changing the way ted and i eat, which means I am learning to cook healthy meals (scary!) and as we’ve done that, he can eat more of what we do. It makes me really think about what we eat! Haha. I hope i am making sense!

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  2. I’m a mother of four, and I’m all about feeding your kids healthy stuff. Although I have to admit that somewhere there, it’s really hard to draw the line. For one, I love baking. And let’s face it, there are a lot of fats and calories involve in baking. You can tame it a bit but still who are we kidding. So what I do now, is to try to get them into veggies and fruits as much as possible. Lean meat for protein and stuff. So comes dessert time, I feel less guilty. And they know too, that one serving is all they can have every single time. Organic foods are really healthy, its just sometimes practicality and time is forcing you to do otherwise. :(

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