Happy Valentine’s Day and a special new treat….

I love Valentine’s Day. It is the perfect escape from the dreariness of bitterly cold winter days. There are only two things I ask for every year, a bouquet of my favorite flower, tulips, and chocolate in any form. And I really mean any form. I don’t care if it is a decadent molten chocolate cake or a twix bar from the gas station, I LOVE CHOCOLATE. So when I developed my newest chocolate recipe, I had a moment of silence in appreciation for its incredible deliciousness. What is it you ask? A rich Banana Chocolate Cupcake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting. My kids went crazy for them and ate every single cupcake in about an hour. Even my banana-hating daughter loved them, and that’s saying a lot because she always turns her nose up at even the slightest whiff of a banana.

The recipe is featured below and I hope you enjoy it as my special treat to you and your fabulous little kiddos!! I also wanted to share some links of my favorite tips and websites. This is not an all inclusive list, and will share some more of my favorites in the weeks to come. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all…you truly make my life a lot sweeter! Muah!


Awesome food allergy mama Gina Clowes on her 10 Things to Know about Food Allergies in Classroom: A must-read for any parent or teacher with kids in school.

Allergy Apparel: I really dig this entire website…all the epi holders are cool, the tees are cool and I especially love the baking accessories. Check it out.

Divvies: What can I say, I adore this brand and really wish their product was stocked in every grocery store in America! I could order something from their site every day, just for ME, and eat tons of it. But I refrain.

The New Nut Free Mom; A Crash Course in Caring for Your Nut Allergic Child by Jenny Kales: This ebook is available on Amazon and I have yet to read it, but will soon because anything Jenny writes is enormously helpful, insightful and downright awesome.

Cybele Pascal; The Allergy Friendly Cook: OK, I really love Cybele and am especially loving her brand spanking new website! She also has a new book coming out this year so be on the look out! What a huge service Cybele has done for all of us food allergy mamas in her cooking expertise.

More links to come in the near future…I promise. 😉


For Cupcakes:

1 c. mashed banana

½ c. room temperature water

¼ c. dairy free “buttermilk” (1/4 c. soy or rice milk mixed with 1 tsp. white vinegar, let stand 5 minutes)

¼ c. vegetable oil

1 tsp. good quality vanilla extract

1 c. unbleached all purpose flour

¾ c. granulated sugar

1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1/3 c. dairy free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life or Divvies)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 inch cupcake pan with paper liners. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the mashed banana, water, dairy free “buttermilk”, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.

In a separate medium bowl  combine the flour , sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly among the paper cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely.


1/2 c. dairy free margarine

¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 T. soy or rice milk

½ tsp. good quality vanilla extract

2 c. confectioner’s sugar

Combine the dairy free margarine, cocoa powder, soy milk and vanilla in a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the confectioner’s sugar, a little at a time, until combined. Turn mixer on medium-high and mix for 3-4 minutes or until creamy. Frost cupcakes.



19 Responses

  1. Sound great! Wanted to give you a big thumbs up for my new favorite thing, your carrot cake recipe! We love it. Even my friends from non allergic households (even one who is a former pastry chef) loved it. I had to restrain myself from inhaling the whole thing. My nut allergic daunted was excited to have carrot cake for the first time. Thanks thanks thanks.

  2. Oh – and wanted to let everyone know about our new favorite allergen free treat – Gimbals candy hearts. Found them at Michael’s and hope they’ll be stocking them past Valentine’s day!

  3. Kelly we made your sugar cut out cookies in heart shapes last night, and decorating them with frosting and sprinkes today. This is the best sugar cookie recipe ever, so easy to work with and you can re-roll it four or five times. Thanks again for all you do!

  4. Kelly, hope your day is full of love and chocolate. I heart you and everything you do for us! Your hard work and caring heart are truly appreciated.

  5. Thank you, Kelly, for all of your recipes. I can’t wait to try this new recipe… last night I made your “original” chocolate cupakes and they turned out so delicious! 🙂

  6. Thank you so much Kelly. I tried these out today and they are fantasic! Topped them off with pink icing for Valentines day! Also made your sugar cookies in heart shapes over the weekend. My whole family loves your recipes not to mention my wonderful, but food allergic son who can’t/won’t eat much at all. Thank you for making life more enjoyable for all of us! Happy Valentines!

  7. Thank you Kelly – this is going on the list of “must try.” Wishing you and your loves a Happy Valentine’s Day! Can’t wait to check out the links to some of your favorite sites – I baked some “safe” mini-donuts from FAAN for a 3rd grade party today and was the hit of the party so I’m always on the lookout for fun kitchen accessories!

  8. Yay! A recipe I will be making today! Thank you for sharing this so I can make something delicious for our family. I’m also attempting to make allergy free/gluten free pop tarts on a stick, inspired by a recipe on Pinterest. I’m using your pie crust recipe as part of it (with gluten free flour). Anyway, this one sounds amazing and like something we will all enjoy. Thank you!

  9. These are delicious!! I love all your recipes.. thanks so much for all you do. Can’t wait for your mealtime cookbook.

  10. Can “vanilla” soy milk be used to make the “buttermilk” in this recipe or does it have to be plain soy milk? Thanks for the great blog.

  11. @Shelly You can always use gluten free flower!
    Since my two years old son must eat gluten-free foods, I have great experience with this problem.Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

  12. I just came across your blog through a 2012 issue of Parents magazine. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to find you!! My daughter is allergic to dairy and it’s tough to find a place that gives substitutes for things such as buttermilk. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  13. This cupcake recipe is fantastic. The cake is light and delicious and the icing is creamy and not too sweet. I have made these at least 6 times or more and they are always a big hit. Thanks for sharing all your delicious recipes! My 5 year old son has peanut, dairy and egg allergies and thanks to you I have been able to make things that everyone can enjoy, especially him.