Evie’s birthday smash cupcakes (grain free and date sweetened)

We celebrated Evie’s first birthday yesterday with 30+ friends in the sunshine under the same big oak tree where we celebrated her coming birth just over a year ago. It was a magical day filled with great food, delicious wine, lots of laughter, kiddo rough housing, tree climbing, and so much tribe time. Our hearts are SO filled with love and gratitude. What a year it’s been.

As you might know if you’re following Evie’s first foods journey on Instagram or on the Podcast, we haven’t given her any sugar or grains at this point, and we plan to keep that up for a while. I did, however, want to make her a special treat to enjoy on her birthday. After all, the smash cake is somewhat of a right of passage, isn’t it?

So the morning of her party, I went to “work” throwing ingredients together in Vitamix, crossing my fingers, and praying to the baking gods to let this work out. Guess what… IT. DID. And after sharing the success in my stories, the response was overwhelmingly in favor of sharing. So that, my friends, is what I am doing.

I hope you might make these cupcakes for a very special babe in your life. First birthdays are so filled with emotion, love, celebration, and gratitude. A real food smashable treat is just icing on the cake. Enjoy ♡

Evie's birthday smash cupcakes (grain free and date sweetened)

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup of your favorite nut butter (I used Nuttzo Power Fuel for a nice combo)
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • preheat oven to 350F
  • add baking cups to a muffin pan
  • put dates and water into your Vitamix or strong blender and blend until smooth and consistent in texture
  • add remaining ingredients and blend again until you have a batter
  • pour batter evenly into 12 baking cups
  • bake for 20-22 minutes until cake tops are lightly browned
  • let cool, and ENJOY! Evie had hers with fresh berries and Living Cultures Superfood yogurt and they were a HIT!
By | 2018-06-24T09:49:14-08:00 June 24th, 2018|A Little Sweet Tooth, Health, Recipes|6 Comments


  1. Leticia Womack June 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    That sounds delish and SO easy!! I’m going to give these a try! I’ve got a baby that just turned 1 and I’m sure she would love these. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Laura Bruner June 25, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

      Congrats on one year, mama! Thanks so much for the comment and love. ♡ I’d love to hear what you think!

      • Leticia Womack June 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

        I made these last night, I made some original and then some I mixed in blueberries and others chopped fresh cherries. Yumm! They came out fluffy and moist and just the right amount of sweet. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s a keeper 🙂
        PS I refrigerated extras & they were just as good the next day. I also froze some to have on hand for later!

        • Laura Bruner June 25, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

          Sounds delicious! I’ll have to give that a try. Thanks so much! ♡

  2. Emily Meeks June 26, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    My kids LOVE these. And so do I ? they have the best texture.

    • Laura Bruner June 27, 2018 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Yeah! That makes me so happy. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy! ♡

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