For the past year, I have been learning to deal with the added restrictions and allergies of feeding my daughter. I began on the journey of adapting recipes that were baby-friendly, and also free from 5 of the most common allergens: nuts, dairy, soy, eggs and legumes. Keeping in mind that baby-friendly also means sugar-free. If you loved the banana muffins recipe I published a few months ago, you are going to want to add this one to your try list!
For purposes of clarification, when I say sugar-free, I really mean it: no sweeteners or unrefined sugars. I wanted to be able to share with our toddler (because let’s face it they want to eat ALL of our snacks!), so the no-sugar aspect was an important factor for me. You could totally mix this up in a bowl and pour it into a fancy dish, but it’s meant to be made in the mug to that there are virtually no dishes for this one. WIN WIN!
Baby-Friendly Chocolate Mug Cake
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder (you can use cocoa, but it lacks the nutritional benefits)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons oat milk (or other dairy substitute)
- 1 table spoon flavour-infused olive oil (my favourite is blood-orange)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (check the ingredients as many contain sugar!)
- OPTIONAL for parents: 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee*
- Add the dry ingredients (flour, cacao powder, baking powder) to the mug and mix together.
- Add the olive oil, oat milk and pure vanilla extract to the mug and stir until all is smoothly combined.
- Cook in the microwave for 50 seconds.
- Let it sit for 3-5 minutes to cool a bit and then enjoy! (wait until it has cooled before giving to baby in bite-sized pieces)
And there you have it, a treat that adults will love as much as the kids. It is easy to make this one a little extra scrumptious for the older ones by adding your choice of chocolate chips before cooking it. I love the ones from Enjoy Life Foods (free from top allergens), but they unfortunately don’t have a non-sugar option (5g/tablespoon from cane sugar).
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