In just a few weeks we'll be celebrating our wee wild one's 2nd birthday. Hard to believe another year has already gone by + my beautiful baby boy is now a fun, giggly toddler.
Recently a few friends have asked me to share a healthy first birthday cake recipe. For our wee's first birthday, I made him mini vegan carrot cake muffins smothered in homemade organic whipped cream + topped with fresh strawberry hearts.
This recipe is sugar, egg + dairy free, and made from 100% whole grains – perfect for wee ones yet to be introduced to eggs or sugar. And the mini muffins are just the right size for little hands.
They were a big hit with the wee, and made for some great smash pics. Here is the recipe and a few snapshots from the day.
little wee's 1st birthday ring, with a kangaroo and fish for our travels to Australia, lucky 4-leaf clover for his birthday in March, and a tree to represent his love of nature.
i filled the rest of the ring with shells, rocks + crystals collected on our adventures.
in true perfectionist/procrastinator style, I was up till midnight sewing his felt Waldorf birthday crown...
red, his favorite color, with green oak leaves and hearts for my little nature boy.
we had a great day celebrating our wee one with family and a few of our closest friends, from the morning lighting of his birthday ring and 1st swim lesson, to a beautiful naming ceremony
where he was blessed and welcomed by all.
healthy sugar free organic vegan carrot smash cake for baby,
champagne + chocolate decadence cake from Popovers for the adults.
because somehow we made it through the first crazy, wonderful year together :)
healthy vegan carrot cake muffins
makes 24 mini-muffins
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch sea salt
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup currants
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup organic carrots, grated
- 1/2 cup organic sugar-free applesauce
- Preheat oven to 375º F.
- Line mini-muffin trays with foil cups.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. Fold in the grated carrot and applesauce.
- Scoop the batter into baking cups and bake for about 10 minutes, or until done. Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.
Muffins are done when a toothpick or kn inserted near the center comes out clean.
I like to top them with unsweetened homemade organic whipped cream and strawberries, but you could also use unsweetened greek yogurt or coconut milk whipped cream for a delicious non-dairy alternative.