Chocolate-Banana Birthday Cake (allergy-free!)

To celebrate our little boy’s 1st birthday this week, I made him a birthday cake that he could enjoy. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, & nut-free. (If you don’t need to make those dietary accommodations, feel free to add them back into the recipe, as desired.) It’s also really quick to make!

This birthday cake actually doesn’t have any frosting. (It was a timesaver for me, but I guess that makes it more “healthy” too!) Instead, it is topped with Kimi’s delicious Chocolate Coconut Milk ice cream!

Chocolate-Banana Birthday Cake (allergy-free!)

Cake:
1 Cup Flour Use your choice of flour(s)*
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Salt
2 Tbl. Ground Flax Seed + 1/3 Cup Water (This is an egg substitute)
1/2 Cup Sucanat
1/4 cup Coconut Oil, softened
1 Cup mashed ripe Banana
3 Tbsp Coconut Milk + 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (This is a buttermilk substitute)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbl. Cinnamon (We love Saigon Cinnamon!)
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Topping:
Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream (1/2 the recipe was enough for us), softened
Shredded, Unsweetened Coconut (optional)

*For a gluten-free cake, I used a combination of Brown Rice Flour, Teff Flour, & Potato Starch

Grease a 9×9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all cake ingredients together, and pour into the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool. While still slightly warm, spread softened ice cream over cake, sprinkle coconut on top, and serve immediately. (If you won’t be serving the entire cake immediately, just scoop the ice cream onto the individual pieces of cake, to prevent melting issues on any leftover cake.)

Watching my little boy being able to enjoy a birthday cake was definitely a Finer Thing!

This post is part of Finer Things Friday and The Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

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  • Happy Birthday to him! And the cake sounds very yummy!!

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  • And enjoy he did! LOVE that happy, messy face. :)

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  • Colleen Sleadd

    Happy Birthday to your little one! I was curious, do you feed your son gluten at all? I also have a one year old and try to avoid it most of the time, but he does have it occasionally. What would you advise? I know that children w/ Celiac Moms are more likely to have an allergy… but I haven’t seen any symptoms in him.

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    Michele Reply:

    I haven’t given him any gluten, yet. He has had problems with eggs & dairy already. Plus, little ones typically can’t digest grains very well in the first couple of years, anyway. :)

    Blessings,
    Michele

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  • Katie

    Colleen,
    My son was diagnosed with Celiac disease at 18 months. His DR. suggested that we get our other kids tested as well as ourselves since it is a genetic disease. Our 3 yr old got tested and even though she had no symptoms she had damage in her gut and was also diagnosed. Our baby (8 months) recently got a DNA test and that came back positive. When she is older she will get an endoscopy to see if she actually has it too but they say the chances are very high. I had no symptoms and got an endoscopy to check and had damage and have a Celiac diagnosis. They are guessing that about 90% of Caucasians have Celiac disease and don’t know it. There are a lot of Celiac’s that have no symptoms at all. Something to think about.

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  • Kristen

    Am I missing something in this recipe? I don’t see any chocolate? How much are you supposed to have?

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    Michele Reply:

    @Kristen, The chocolate is in the topping- in the Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream. :)

    Michele

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  • Colleen Sleadd

    Thanks so much Katie! I knew the percentage risks were high, but it’s nice to hear from someone with experience. I did not know you could still have it even with no symptoms (and there are many!).

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