Email from a reader:
My son is turning two in just a couple weeks. We have moved to the whole foods lifestyle as a family now. I have no problem breaking the rules on occassion, the problem is that my son cannot handle white flour. It consitpates him beyond words, he got that honest from Momma!
So, I am looking for an alternative to the normal birthday cakes. We tried one some time back that was a store box mix, but from Whole Foods and made with whole wheat flour. It was aweful! It was likely rancid, which would account for the really strange taste. We are used to whole grains, but I am sure the less than fluffy cake was a shock to our taste buds.
I was thinking maybe I could even make a whole grain banana bread and figure out some type of frosting to put on it. Would anyone have a recipe that would fit the part? Or any other ideas???
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I suggest you google ‘Thermomix’…it is the most amazing kitchen appliance I have ever come across. It is so advanced in its cross section of functions. You can cook in it, make jam, grate cheese, make yoghurt…raw ofcourse, mill nuts and seeds and fresh herbs, and yes make cakes and biscuits and bread dough and even mill your own whole wheat flour to add to your recipes. What prompted me to respond to your question regarding cake mixes is that the Thermomix comes with its own cookbook and more are available, that contain wonderful recipes for all manner of sweets that would tempt your little man. You can make chocolate alternative and your own peanut butter and sorbet in seconds. In fact most of the functions take only seconds…I kid you not! I honestly could not do without mine now. You don’t ever need to replace juicers or bread makers or food processors or coffee grinders again. It even makes a fine Capuccino. Good hunting. Jodie.
I made a birthday cake this week, I used my normal recipe substituting butter for shortening, 100% white wheat flour for the white flour, sucanat for the sugar, and high omega eggs for the normal eggs. It tasted better than usual. I Note: I never need to use any white four at all when using freshly ground (at home right before baking) white wheat flour, the texture is great without it.
I would have him tested for gluten intolerance and celiac disease (now it is a simple blood test)
My daughter had terrible stomach aches and constipation when she was young and now, at the age of 27, and many years of stomachaches, weight loss, and depression, among other ailments, she has been found to be gluten intolerant. We are waiting for the test to see if she has celiac disease. Maybe we could have avoided these 20 years of sickness and heartache had we known. I would insist that the doctor test my son for celiac.
I have fibromyalgia. If my daughter has celiac, I am going to be tested for it also as it is genetic.
You could try Robin’s Beet cake recipe. It’s even chocolate! She blogged about it a few days back, but here it is.
Chocolate Beet Cake
3 eggs (organic, range fed)
1 1/2 cups Sucanat (dehydrated, unrefined cane juice)
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups pureed, steamed beets (about 4 med. beets,
peeled, chopped, steamed 20 min.)
1/4 cup baking cocoa (nonalkalized) or raw powdered chocolate
2 cups whole wheat flour (soft white wheat, ground fine)
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Puree steamed beets in BlendTec Total Blender, then add eggs, Sucanat, oil, and vanilla. Add chocolate and other dry ingredients, blend until smooth. Pour in 9″ x 13″ oiled pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Like the other Michelle, I bought the Babycakes cookbook and made the vanilla cupcakes (the whole book is just amazing looking cakes, cookies and dessert recipes, all vegan.) Everyone who tries the vanilla cupcakes them loves them. They are dairy, wheat and sugar free. Made of garbanzo/fava bean flour, and sweetened with agave nectar. My 4yr old loves them, as do my adult non-vegan friends. I bought the cookbook specifically for my son’s birthday party two months ago, because I wanted to make cupcakes and treats I could feel good about serving to little ones.
I like hollywoodmegastore.com – they seem to have cool products and ideas for party planning
If he is allowed nuts, flourless nut cakes are great. Can be found in regular cookbooks