Baking Fun Recipes for Grandchildren is Love
Baking for grandchildren shows your love for them, and this Everything Mini Bundt Cake is the cutest little cake ever. Made with chunks of yummy ingredients, it is such a fun treat for kids and adults alike.
Everything Mini Bundt cakes remind me of fruitcakes because they are full of chunkiness. The difference between the two is in the choice of ingredients. Both have nuts and raisins, Everything Minis, however, don’t have any other fruit whereas fruitcakes are loaded with fruit.
I like the chunky texture of these little Bundts. Some people, though, prefer smooth over chunky when they eat cake. For example, I bake occasionally for my three little grandchildren when I visit them or when they come to my house. The two youngest littles usually accept my treats gladly, but their older sibling is a bit more particular with her food tastes. She is always curious about what I’ve baked and wants to snack along with her sister and brother. The difference is that she especially notices when a recipe isn’t as sweet as what she’s used to.
During December when I decided to stop baking with white sugar and flour, I thought of white sugar in a way I hadn’t before. It’s evil. Don’t you think? Consider how children go crazy with excitement within minutes after eating donuts or candy. They start acting up and become irritable. Or the least little thing makes them have a meltdown.
After receiving Victorious Health Recipes cookbook in the mail, I started trying out the recipes. But I was so used to baked goodies that tasted really sweet that when I baked the desserts, they weren’t sweet enough for me. Nothing deterring me, nevertheless, I kept making the healthy dishes and treats from the book. The differences in the ingredients, as opposed to my normal home-baked favorites, are the types of sugar and flour used.
Baking for Grandchildren is Love
Like many of the Victorious Health baked specialties, Everything Mini Bundts are made with honey. I came up with this recipe after baking Victorious Health’s Banana Cake recipe. A fun idea of adding a bunch of yummy ingredients popped into my mind. My daughter and her family were coming for a visit. Of course, the grandmom love part of me kicked into high gear with baking something special. That “special” was the banana cake because I had boocoos of extremely ripe bananas.
The night before they came, I baked what turned out to look like brownies (my Banana Bar recipe). After the idea of adding a bunch of yumminess and changing up the banana bars, the next morning I got up and made a new treat, the Everything Mini Bundts. They turned out wonderful! First of all, they’re the cutest little cakes. You want to grab a little Bundt and eat the whole thing – which is what the eldest of my three grandchildren visiting did. And then, after a few bites, she (the pickiest of the three littles) decided she wasn’t so sure about the taste.
It was the chunkiness my granddaughter didn’t care for. She prefers a smooth texture of cake. “Grummy,” she asked, “do you have anything else to snack on?”
“I do. How about these?” and opened the container of the banana bars.
She ate a piece then asked for two more. I think she ended up eating four of them that day.
When you start changing up baking ingredients, it can take a while to learn what (and the amounts) works best together. For example, I know now that I like to add more honey to the bread and cake recipes I’ve been making, sometimes double the amount. However, as Shirley (author of Victorious Health books) and I have discussed, I may not want them as sweet after I get used to foods without sugar. And it’s true. I had already limited the amount of sugar in cooking and realized sugary things are way too sweet for me.
Everything Mini Bundts
Check out my fun mini Bundt cake recipe below, and see how you like it. Make it to suit your tastes. I’d love to know if you come up with your own special version of the little cakes.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 c honey
- 4 medium bananas
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 cups white whole grain flour
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp Belgian Organic Cocoa Powder
- 3/4 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup Sunspire Unsweetened Carob Chips
- 1/4 c chopped walnuts
- 1 box organic raisins
- 1/2 cup Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut
- Beat the eggs in a medium-size bowl.
- Peel two bananas and mash them in a separate small bowl.
- Mix in the coconut oil, honey, mashed bananas, and applesauce with the eggs.
- Mix the peanut butter in with the other ingredients.
- Add salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, soda, and cocoa powder.
- Gradually add the flour.
- Fold in the oats.
- Mix in the carob chips, walnuts, raisins, and coconut.
- Pour the mixture into a mini bundt pan greased with a can of baking spray oil.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (I have a gas oven, and I baked mine for 22 minutes. Your oven may vary, so check the cakes with a toothpick after 20 minutes.).
- Ice the Bundts with your choice of frosting, however, Everything Mini Bundts are made without the icing.
Everything Mini Bundt cakes make the yummiest and prettiest little treats to serve family and friends. Although they would, no doubt, taste superb with icing, I chose not to add any. Little Bundts with no frosting means easy handling by little hands with minimal messiness. I do plan to make frostings from Victorious Health Recipes cookbook as well as other icing recipes. When I find one that works well with the Everything Mini Bundts, I’ll post a recipe on the blog.
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