Hey y’all! It’s been a few weeks since we have celebrated our little lady’s first birthday, and not too long ago we celebrated the eldest child too. Since I wrote all about Lily’s birthday celebration I figured I should write all about London’s too! If you missed all the details on Lily’s birthday celebration, don’t worry you can read all about it right here http://www.holistichappinessblog.com/blog/lilys-real-food-birthday-celebration. I talked about how much I enjoy making my kiddos birthday cakes in the previous blog post, so I won’t go into super detail about it here. But as a mom it is something I enjoy doing each year! I didn’t make this exact smash cake for our first born, but it was similar. I remember it had peaches instead of bananas. This one was pretty much the same ingredients just a different fruit. We keep birthdays pretty simple around here for the most part and just celebrate with the family. On the food menu for London’s celebration I made my go to pinwheels, my husband made his remarkable bruschetta, a couple of bags of veggie straws(I was impressed by the cleaner ingredients in these), whole wheat chocolate cake from Lily’s birthday celebration, and of course London’s smash cake! Check out all the yummy party eats below.
 

Banana Oat Smash Cake with Homemade Whip Frosting

Original Recipe from Fit Mama Real Food
Ingredients:

  • 4 or 5 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup organic, no sugar added applesauce(I use homemade)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (Bobs Red Mill non-aluminum is my go-to)
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (grind rolled oats in blender, then measure)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flours, baking soda, and cinnamon together.
  3. Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.
  4. Coat 2 8 or 9″round pans with oil.(I just used one and made a single layer cake this time)
  5. Spread the batter into the bottom of the pans.
  6. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or so.  Check with a toothpick for doneness.
  7. Cool the cakes before frosting.

Recipe for Homemade Whip Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (start out with 1 and add another if desired)

Directions:

  1. Place whisk in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes prior to making the cream. This will help the cream whip up quicker.
  2. Use an electric mixer or a Kitchen Aid mixer with whisk attachment, and whisk until it is fluffy with peaks. Serve cold and enjoy!
  3. To make it pink I added yellow and red vegetable coloring from my coloring kit(available on amazon-link below). Sprinkles linked below also.

Matt’s Remarkable Homemade Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf organic minced garlic flavored baguette(we get ours from our local grocery)
  • 1 container grape tomatoes, sliced in half.
  • 1/2 sweet onion,diced.
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • fresh basil for garnish(highly recommend)
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter (we use Kerrygold)
  • raw honey
  • pink salt & pepper for taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Slice baguette into thin slices and place onto large baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl mix roughly 3 tbsp olive oil and 2 cloves minced garlic, baste onto the bread slices.
  4. Bake in the oven until they are crispy on the outside while remaining a little soft in the middle. (not overly hard) Roughly 10-15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile as bread is baking, heat a medium skillet with butter and saute’ onion for two minutes.
  6. Add the last minced garlic(about 1/2 tsp), then cook together until onions are translucent.
  7. Finally, sprinkle salt and pepper to taste then add in the tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are softened and cooked down.
  8. Remove bread from oven, and top bread slices with mixture from skillet.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar + 2 tbsp raw honey.
  10. Drizzle balsamic mixture onto each slice. Garnish with fresh minced basil.
  11. Enjoy!
    

Pioneer Woman Inspired Pinwheels

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 pack whole wheat tortillas(I use La Tortilla Factory Organic Whole Wheat) *Or burritos work well.
  • 1 8oz package organic cream cheese,softened
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly diced
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped*optional
  • 1/2 cabbage, chopped*optional
  • Applegate sliced ham and turkey meat.
  • 1-2 tbsp Ranch seasoning mix – simply combine 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 2 tsp dried dill weed, 1 tsp pink salt and pepper to taste. Store excess in mason jar or glass container.
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese plus 1-2 tbsp of ranch dressing mix until totally combined. Divide equally among the tortillas and spread into a single layer all over the surface of each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle on the red and green bell pepper, spinach or cabbage(if using), and sliced ham or turkey. I usually put 1 slice of meat on each tortilla. Roll them up nice and tight, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for at least 1 hour- 8 hours.* I like to store overnight so all the flavors really set in! 
  3. Before serving, slice into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices and serve on a platter.
  4. Serve cold, and enjoy!

Happy 1st Birthday London Blake!

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