Today’s post is a bit of a catch all post on all things Jonathan. Poor second child—his birthday came and went over 3 weeks ago and I did no more than an instagram post. I’ll fill you in on the delicious dessert we had for his birthday celebration below.
It’s also Food Allergy Awareness Week. (If you haven’t read my previous posts you can catch up here.) You may remember a few weeks ago that I shared on Instagram that we were doing a follow up allergy test as part of him turning 2—fun way to celebrate, right? As a quick recap, last year at 9 months old Jonathan tested positive for food allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, lentils, garbanzos, sesame, wheat and soy. We have since found out that the sesame, wheat and soy allergies were all FALSE! This is great news! I am now on a mission to figure out if he has more false positives. We did the skin testing in March and it confirmed that he still has allergies for tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, lentils, and garbanzos. AND we’re adding green peas. And dogs. Ok then.
The “interesting” thing about Jonathan’s allergies is that his response to the skin test changes each time. Last year his egg reaction was HUGE and his peanut reaction was very small. This year his peanut reaction was HUGE and the egg response was very tiny. His blood work doesn’t correspond to his skin tests either. Several of his “positives” are very small, so we are going to start challenging them one by one.
First up is walnut. In a couple of weeks Jonathan and I will go to his allergist’s office and he will eat walnuts in a supervised setting. We challenged sesame like this last year. Basically we start with a “smear” on his lip, then work out way up, feeding him increasing amounts every 20 minutes and watch for signs of a reaction. I will of course keep you posted with the results—join us in praying for answers for our little medical mystery!
Ok, onto the birthday celebration. I can not believe my BABY is 2! It just doesn’t seem possible. Cliche? Yep, but there’s a reason for that. In the past few months Jonathan has gone from a baby to a full boy, talking, playing, and having lots of his own opinions! He is super rough and tough, playing with balls, dirt, and trains. Then he turns around and makes sure to tuck his stuffed bunny in with a blanket and says “oooooh, so cute!” He keeps all of us on our toes in the best way possible.
For his birthday this year we semi low balled it and decided to skip the party. We did a full party celebration with David—first child—but realized that at 2 Jonathan has no idea what a party is, so we went a different route. About 30 minutes from where we live is an old fashioned railroad with a few historic train cars that you can ride. Irving and I, David and Jonathan, and my dad headed out to the railroad to ride the trains—it was a HUGE hit (my mom was out of town visiting her other 2 year old grandson, my nephew)! We packed a picnic and spent the day riding the trains, and then playing on the parked train cars at the depot. For weeks afterwords Jonathan would say “ride train, ride train Grandpa, ride train whole family, FUN!”
2 days later, on his actual birthday we celebrated in 90 degree weather—seriously record setting—with a taco fiesta on our deck (I made my Frijoles de Cabo for the tacos!). It was gorgeous out, and the food was delicious if I say so myself! Jonathan is so excited about anything related to transportation so I thought about doing a big chocolate cake with cookie crumb and digger trucks, sort of like this one. But as I started thinking more practically I realized that Jonathan would be equally happy with a dirt cup style dessert, topped with diggers.
I revamped my Dirt Cup recipe from a few years ago, swapped out the sweetener for “more wholesome” maple syrup, and served it up truck style. Everyone loved it—even my unsuspecting parents who had no idea they were eating tofu 🙂 Don’t have a truck obsessed 2 year old running around? Skip the trucks and serve this up grown up style—don’t skip the cookie crunch on top—it’s my favorite part!
I hope your truck enthusiasts love this as much as mine did! Make sure you take a picture when you make this yummy treat, post it on Instagram, and tag it with #frieddandelions! I love to see what you’re up to in the kitchen!
Digger Dirt Cups
- 3 ounces chocolate chips/chocolate bar Enjoy Life is a good allergy safe brand
- 1/4 c cocoa powder
- 2 T coconut oil
- 1 12.3 ounce package of silken tofu these are shelf stable, not refrigerated. You could substitute for other tofu, but I can’t promise the exact consistency. Flavor will still be great!
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/4 - 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can of coconut milk refrigerated overnight (I like the brown can of coconut cream from Trader Joe’s or the Thai Kitchen brand)
- 1 package of chocolate cookies I like Enjoy Life Crunchy Chocolate Cookies
- Small plastic trucks to decorate I got these— http://amzn.to/1Wr4ONF
- Carefully drain your tofu—just open the package and let the water drip out, without losing the tofu in your sink! Puree the tofu in your food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and coconut oil. Pour into the food processor with the tofu. Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. Puree again until fully incorporated. Set aside again.
- Carefully remove your refrigerated coconut milk from the fridge and open the lid. Scoop out only the hardened cream on the top, saving the watery coconut milk for tomorrow’s smoothie. Place the coconut cream into your mixer and beat on high (gradually) until the cream is whipped and makes soft peaks when you lift the whisk out of the cream. Turn the speed down to low and slowly incorporate the chocolate tofu mix into the coconut cream. Bring the speed back up to high and beat for a minute or two, keeping it nice and fluffy (don’t over beat). Place in a storage container and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. It will firm up even more once chilled.
- While it is chilling place all of the cookies into your food processor and pulse until the cookies are crumbled with no large chunks remaining (or eat the chunks—problem solved!). Set aside.
- Once chilled, scoop into serving bowls. Garnish with a big scoop of the chocolate cookie "dirt." Top off with a digger truck or the garnish of your choice. Serve to your favorite truck lover!