My littlest is one year old today!
Most parents I know experience some big emotions on a child's first birthday. I'm no different - it's all the usual stuff: the year has flown. My petite pink newborn is now a big, jolly, almost walking girl. I want photos to document everything, lest these precious moments slip out of my head in the hustle and bustle of daily life. I want the photos to capture the depth of the dimple on her right cheek and how her whole face seems to smile when she smiles. I want them to help me remember how she races after her big brother's trucks and pulls herself up to stand to discover small-ish figurines on her big sister's shelves. I want to document all of the important people in our world who have celebrated with us.
I thought I wanted photos to capture that big messy moment when a baby first tastes a cupcake. But the truth is, that was low on my list. My baby eats with gusto and as a mom of three, cleaning up goopy smears is time consuming and can get tiring. The cupcakes I made for her birthday were dairy free and had an oatmeal crumb top, not icing. They made for an easier cleanup and tasted absolutely delicious.
If you're looking for a great alternative to the traditional flour-sugar-butter-egg-icing cupcake to celebrate a first birthday (or any birthday, really) give these a try. They were a big hit with my now one year old and everyone who came to celebrate the big milestone with us yesterday.
Applesauce Cupcakes with Oatmeal Crumb Top
1 cup rolled oats
6 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons brown sugar
6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add the oats to flour and brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix well, making sure to get out any brown sugar clumps. Add the coconut oil and salt and make sure everything is well combined. Set aside.
1.5 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 /3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup of applesauce
1 cup coconut milk
Preheat the oven to 375. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and sugar. Add the coconut oil, applesauce and coconut milk and mix until combined. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add to batter. Pour into cupcake pan and spoon the crumb mix on top of each cupcake. Bake for approximately 22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.