It’s no secret that food brings people together. Food is so much more than just feeding your stomach, it’s an experience and one often best enjoyed with friends and family. Do you ever find yourself eating certain foods only to bring back a memory? I know I do.
For instance, my oldest brother is born on the 4th of July, aside from telling him the fireworks were for him, my mom always baked a cake. But this was no ordinary cake, this cake was beautifully decorated with fresh fruits, strawberries and blueberries, in such a way that resembled our Nation’s flag. Not only was it made special every year, it was pretty darn tasty, too!
For the past six months my brother was serving overseas in Iraq, far away from his wife and son, and certainly not anywhere most of us would want to be. Thankfully, he is now home safe again! #GodBlessOurTroops. And in honor of my big brother and hero, I made my own mini Cake to Celebrate the safe return of my hero.
If you have something to celebrate (or even if you don’t), try using this Cake to Celebrate recipe. A healthy dessert for any occasion.
- 1/2c coconut flour
- 1/2c arrowroot starch
- 1/4c protein powder (sub brown rice flour)
- 1T baking powder
- 2t baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 3 ripe plantains
- 1/2c applesauce
- 1/4c almond milk
- 1/4c coconut butter
- 2T coconut oil (sub pumpkin puree for fat free)
- 1T lemon juice
- 1T vanilla extract
- Try any one of these delicious options!
Next you’ll blend together all of your remaining ingredients. Pour this “blender batter” into the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
Pour (or scoop! it’s a little thick) your batter into the greased cake pan. The batter should be about one and a half inches inside the pan (estimate). Now place this soon-to-be tasty treat in the oven and bake 25-30 minutes.
When finished, allow the cake(s) to cool on the counter for 45 min to an hour. Then frost your cake! For this I blended coconut butter, a little almond milk, and lemon juice (eye ball for your preferred consistency. I went ahead a sliced my cake in half to frost the center*, as well, because you can never have too much frosting!
*to the frosting in the center, I blended strawberries with the white frosting.
So there you have it, a deliciously healthy Cake to Celebrate any day!