Our new local…
A couple of months ago was our little one’s first birthday and to mark such a momentous occasion, we decided to book the private room upstairs at our local pub, the lovely Albert Arms on Gladstone Street (full review coming up soon).
We pretty much visit once a week at least, and Darren and Sonata who run it are great and very friendly so it seemed only fitting that the first year milestone should be celebrated in a welcoming and familiar environment.
Having invited a small number of close family and my NCT posse, I then set the Albert Arms’ chef Phil Smith a challenge: to produce a baby friendly, sugar free healthy but tasty cake! I have been venturing myself into healthy cakes, sometimes with better results than others of course, so I was curious to see what would be brought out at the candle-blowing time.
Baby and adult friendly vegan brownie
The cake produced by the chef was so good and pleased so many of the guests that I was asked for the recipe time and time again! The chef kindly shared it with me so here it is below, easy to make and delectable to eat.
The cake is very soft, so can be eaten with a spoon too or by little hands (making a gooey delicious mess) but it’s packed full of delicious goodness and no refined sugars. It also freezes really well, so if you make a large batch, you can then freeze bite size portions and take out when needed (to calm a tantrum toddler for example).
- 2 1/2 cups dates soaked in warm water for 30mins
- 1 cup oats
- ¾ cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup desiccated coconut
- Pinch of rock salt
- Blend all ingredients in the thermomix until fairly smooth, then line a baking tray with clingfilm and transfer to tray.
- Set in fridge overnight before removing from the tray and cutting into portions.