This recipe is adapted from: https://www.raisingsugarfreekids.com/sugar-sweetener-free-birthday-cake/ by the author of "Raising Sugar Free Kids". It was shared with us by one of our 30-day no refined sugar challenge participants who wanted to celebrate her birthday without refined sugar.
- 2 1/2 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 4 medjool dates, pureed
- 1/4 cup (60g) plain (unsweetened) Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup (110ml) unsweetened almond milk or dairy milk
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups (210g) whole wheat flour (or your favourite gluten-free flour blend)
- 1 cup (115g) ground almonds
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
Mix the bananas, dates, yogurt, milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a bowl until as smooth and combined as possible.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the other ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir until just combined and there are no more visible flecks of flour.
Pour into 12 cupcake cases and bake for 20 mins or until slightly golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Looking for a refined-sugar-free alternative to traditional icing? Try unsweetened whipped cream, smooth ricotta, unsweetened smooth cottage cheese, Mascarpone cheese, or plain Greek or Icelandic style yogurt. Chef's Tip: To thicken your "icing" without icing sugar, strain out excess whey or water using a cheesecloth-lined colander.
Top with fresh chopped berries and mint.