Friday, January 19, 2007


I wanted to send Dash to school this morning with birthday treats for his teachers and classmates. The teachers got double chocolate brownies--one batch with pecans, one without--but I had a little trouble finding something appropriate for babies. This is what I came up with:

Blueberry Banana Cupcakes
(adapted from Sweet and Sugarfree by Karen E. Barkie)

2/3 c. or 1 lg. mashed banana (I would use two next time to make the cupcakes a little sweeter)
1 lg. egg
2 c. milk (Barkie asks for 1/2 c., but it wasn't nearly enough)
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2 c. organic unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. whole blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together mashed banana and egg until creamy. Add 1/2 c. milk and oil; beat well. Measure in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat well, adding milk as needed until you reach a consistency like thick pancake batter. Fold in the blueberries.

Spoon batter into lined muffin tins. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese
3-4 tbsp. apple juice concentrate
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix room temperature cream cheese with apple juice concentrate and vanilla. Frost cooled cupcakes.

It won't taste like a real cupcake to you, but I'm hoping the babies will be fooled.

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