By Bectoria Crandall
Class parties pose an interesting set of challenges. A true smartypants knows to take food allergies and dietary preferences into account when planning special classroom snacks. When planning for my daughter’s preschool Easter party I learned that I had to plan a snack for students with peanut and egg allergies. The solution? Peanut-free, vegan cupcakes!
Here’s the recipe…
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 1/2 C Organic Flour (Okay. It doesn’t have to be organic, but COME ON!)
1/2 tsp Salt
2 1/2 C Sugar
2/3 C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (be sure to read the label to ensure you have a peanut-free product)
2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 C Vegetable Oil
2 1/4 C Water
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until blended.
In a separate bowl, combine all liquid ingredients.
Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients just until blended.
If the batter is too dry, at 1-2 Tbsp of water until you achieve desired consistency.
Line a cupcake pan with baking cups.
Fill baking cups 3/4 full with batter.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
(Another great allergy-sensitive recipe can be found at www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gluten-free-vegan-soy-free-nut-free-corn-free-fudge-mint-and-raspberry-cupcakes-recipe)
I recommend visiting www.thedustybaker.com/2011/04/08/fluffy-vegan-frosting for a really yummy vegan frosting recipe to top your sweet confection.
Remember to keep your cupcake toppings peanut and allergy free! Many candies and confections are manufactured on machines and prep supplies that come in contact with peanuts, so I recommend reading labels carefully.
I know that the influx of food allergies in recent years has been a bit of a drag but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. A true smartypants will meet this challenge head on with a little savvy and a smartypants of a recipe to make sure no one has to miss out in the fun.
Because our cupcakes were for an Easter party, we used some peanut & egg free candies as toppers and made them look like Easter baskets. Small items were used as the treats and licorice ropes were used for basket handles. The kids loved them!