Monday, May 2, 2016

Gluten Free & Refined Sugar Free Smash Cake

I have had a lot of people ask me about my son's smash cake recipe so I decided to post again this week!  I created a hybrid recipe of many recipes I saw using simple ingredients.  Bottom line: Jace loved his smash cake!!

My husband and I had made a decision before my son was born that we did not want to introduce added sugar until a certain age.  That age we don't know yet, but really, it was just a very personal decision.  The chemicals and dyes in products now are a huge contributor to disease and it was important to us based on personal health histories and what I know about the body and disease as an integrative nurse practitioner that I help support Jace's gut and health while I still can.  Happy to elaborate more if anybody has questions for me.

We had also decided to not give our son gluten.  Again, a personal decision based on what I know about gluten and my husband and I's personal health histories.  But fortunately, gluten is so easy to avoid nowadays!  There are tons of gluten free options at the store.

We used coconut flour for our cake base, and it actually turned out better than I thought it would!  I usually am not a fan of coconut flour because it is so dense, and it can be a nightmare to bake with!  But this time it actually came through for me.  I usually avoid giving dairy to Jace except for raw milk or kerrygold products, and this cake did include kerrygold.  However, I'm sure coconut oil could be utilized for an easy dairy-free substitute.

Gluten Free & Refined Sugar Free Smash Cake

1/2 cup organic coconut flour (I used trader joes)
6 tbsp kerrygold
1 banana
1/2 cup organic applesauce
5 large eggs (from our organic-fed, pasture-raised chickens!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

optional: a couple tablespoons of water depending on consistency of batter with type of coconut flour you use


1 cup palm shortening (softened)
1 banana
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tspn vanilla extract
3-4 drops lemon young living essential oil
1 tbsp organic whole milk (may substitute with almond or coconut milk)

Directions for cake:

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Use an electric mixer or whisk to blend the butter, banana and applesauce until smooth.
3) Add the eggs and vanilla extract ad continue to mix.
4) Add the flour slowly, while continuing to mix.
5) Add rest of the dry ingredients and combine until smooth.
6) Bake for 25 minutes in a greased cake pan.  I separated among two cake pans.
7) Once finished, let cool.  Then cut circles if desired to layer for smash cake.

Directions for frosting:

Combine all the ingredients until smooth.  Use in between cake layers and for outside of cake.

Enjoy!  Jace did :o)



Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Letter to My Son on His Birthday

Dear Jace,

I've been bawling thinking about this day.  Happy tears.  Sad tears. Big, fat mama tears.

As I clutch you close and rock you, I treasure every breath on my chest.  Nothing compares to this love I have for you.  Nothing in life has can compare to these moments.  My sweet baby boy.

I never knew I could experience this love. When I found out about you in my belly, I was so scared.  I did not plan on being pregnant and had many things going on that were complicating life.  Life still is complicated.  But God knew it was time.  He had you planned.  Every fiber of your body.  Every strand of hair on your head.

He knew you would be mine, and he knew I would be yours.  He so perfectly knitted you together in my womb and blessed me with health during my pregnancy.  I prayed for your health.  I prayed you would breastfeed easily.  And I prayed for that special bond and love I wanted to know more about.

I prayed God would teach me how.  How do I know what he wants?  How do I know when you are hungry?  Will I teach you what's right?  Will I help you discern what is wrong?

Will you love me?  The deepest desire of my heart. The special bond between mother and her son.  A bond that will last a lifetime.

So as I kiss you goodnight...I will always be your first kiss.

So as I wipe the tears from your eyes...I will always be here for you to cry on and to listen to you.

I hug you real close...I will always be there for you.

You, my sweet boy, will be a world-changer.  You have already changed mine.  In fact, being you mother has changed my perspective on everything in this world...for the better.

Your name means "healer" and "God is my salvation." You brought great healing to my body during pregnancy: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  You reminded me God is my salvation, my Rock and my Fortress...whom shall I fear?  You are my reminder of God's grace.  You are the reason I fight to be well, to take care of my body, to pursue health and happiness.

You, my son, are what is perfect and beautiful in this world.  Even with the unknown set before my path, I have what is known right in front of me.  My perfect son.  My miracle.  My hope.

I love you more than you will ever know.  Happy birthday my dear Jace.

Love always,