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Poppy’s Funfetti 2nd Birthday Cake!

I’m still smiling ear to ear with how much everyone loved this cake. Especially how much Poppy kept saying “happy Poppy” the entire time she ate her mini cake!

I’m not as confident in my baked goods as I am in cooking but the outcome of this bad boy definitely helped!

Poppy’s Funfetti Birthday 2nd Birthday Cake (makes one 8” cake):

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-natural rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp almond flour (for dusting the sprinkles before mixing into the batter)

Birthday Cake Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup gluten free 1-to-1 all-purpose flour (I did not try this with almond flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp all-natural rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Frosting:

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Prepare your 8-inch pan by spraying it first with non-stock cooking spray and then cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Place the circular parchment round inside the cake pan.
  • Place the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until well incorporated and then add almond flour, sea salt and baking soda. Mix until batter is well combined. Whisk the sprinkles together with the 1 tbsp almond flour before pouring them into the prepped batter. Then pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool before removing it from the cake pan.
  • Turn your oven down to 300° F to bake the Birthday Cake Crumbled and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugars, flour, baking powder, sea salt, and all-natural sprinkles on low speed until combined. Add the coconut oil and vanilla, mix until it begins to come together and small clusters form.
  • Use your hands to make more clusters as needed, and transfer crumbs to the prepped baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before topping on the cake.
  • Assemble your cake as desired! I cut the cake in half to make layers and left the sides a little “naked”. I just cut out two circles in one of the cakes I made to create Poppy’s small cake since I didn’t have a mini cake pan. Here’s the link to the toy I used as her cake topper and the 2 candle!

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like linked from her birthday party. It was truly a magical day!

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Paleo Cherry Shortcake

When you just don’t feel like strawberries. Paleo cherry shortcake was on the dessert menu last week and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was perfect topped with my vegan date caramel sauce too.

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Paleo Cherry Shortcake:

  • 3 tbsp melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 2 eggs (I have not tried flax egg)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Toppings:

  • Scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream, coconut whipped cream, or your favorite vanilla yogurt
  • Small handful of chopped cherries
  • Drizzle of homemade vegan date caramel sauce (soak 8 pitted dates in hot water for 15 minutes. Dispose of the water and blend the soaked dates together with 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of sea salt, and 2 tbsp maple syrup. You will need to scrape down the mixer from the side of the blender multiple times until the caramel is smooth. Add more milk if the mixer is too thick. Refrigerate for up to two weeks!)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and spray two mini 6” cast iron skillets with nonstick spray or two 6” cake pans.
  • Whisk together eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir in the almond flour and baking powder until smooth and completely combined.
  • Equally distribute into both cast iron skillets and bake in oven for 15-18 minutes.
  • Let the shortcakes cool a little before slicing and topping.

This was actually my first time making shortcake and I can’t believe it took me this long. Who even am I?


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Favorite Post Workout Snack!

NOTHIN’ BETTER THAN THIS.

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I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my post workout snack and this bowl of goodies actually motivates me to workout. It’s not fancy but it sure is good!

WhatRobinEeats Favorite Post Workout Snack:

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp powder peanut butter

Toppings:

Mix the yogurt, cottage cheese, and powder peanut butter together then top with cereal and fruit if you’d like! I’ll be having this the rest of my life. 


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Lemon Hummus

I first had lemon hummus two years ago at a friend’s Christmas party. I still have no idea what that exact recipe was but this tastes pretty similar and I’m happy about it!

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Lemon Hummus:

  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp creamy tahini
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 tbsp filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric optional, for color

Quick and easy method: Toss everything in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth (I don’t removed the chickpeas shells). Stopping to scrape down the mixture off the side of the blender if needed. Add a little more water or tahini if the mixture is too thick.

Longer method: Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add to a small pot of boiling water. Let boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the chickpeas have softened. This method makes super creamy hummus! Drain and rinse the chickpeas again and then add to a blender or food processor with everything else and blend until smooth.

Have you tried lemon hummus before? I’m seriously hooked and I can’t wait until I get another can of chickpeas to make this again. Enjoy!


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ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup made easy, in collaboration with ALDI.

I don’t know about you but grocery shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. These are unusual times but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying grocery shopping! Instead of browsing the grocery aisles in person I browse the ALDI website and order online for Curbside Grocery Pickup. I have always loved ALDI for their variety of grocery items and the fact that they made ordering and picking up my groceries so easy makes me love them even more!

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Here’s how it all goes down: You simply visit shop.aldi.us or use the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers Curbside. Browse the categories and fill your cart with whatever your heart, and stomach, desires. Set a pickup time and location at checkout before placing your order. Head to the ALDI store and park in the designated ALDI Curbside parking spot, they are bright blue so you can’t miss them! Alert the ALDI employee that you’ve arrived by clicking a button on your mobile phone and the ALDI employee does the rest. They shop for you so your groceries are ready for your arrival and they load the groceries right into your car. The entire process was simple and the curbside pickup felt very safe. Getting out of the house for a grocery pickup has never felt better!

 

When we got home I decided to make a little muffin tin snack tray for Poppy using some grocery items from our ALDI pickup. This little snack tray is so fun to make and it’s even more fun to watch the sparkle in Poppy’s eyes when she’s enjoying it. Here’s what was in her muffin tin snack tray: a sourdough almond butter and raspberry jam sandwich (made with Simply Nature Creamy Almond Butter and Simply Nature Organic Raspberry Preserves), organic apple slices, organic blueberries, and Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps. I made sure to fill it up so I could snag a little snack for myself too. I can’t help it, I love these snack choices!


Make sure to checkout shop.aldi.us  or the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers curbside grocery pickup. Curbside at ALDI has made grocery shopping so easy and enjoyable. Happy shopping!