On Friday night Kid1 reminded me that she was supposed to be leaving for a birthday slumber party in one short hour. Normally when the kids are going to a party, especially and overnight one, I try to pack something special and in line with what the other kids will be having.
There was no time to shop or do much cooking, I didn’t have any treats on hand, and we were all out of our quick & portable high protein favorites like beef jerky. Fortunately we had dozens of eggs on hand and an emergency package of Aidelle’s chicken & apple sausage in the freezer.
Processed meats are not generally allowed on GAPS. This brand is not processed with wheat, is sweetened with fruit, and doesn’t have scary additives. So as an occasional time saver, we keep some on hand. Kid1 force thawed them, fried them up in our cast iron pan, and packed them in her thermos. She also cut up and packed some carrots.
While she was taking care of that, I boiled some eggs for her breakfast and for snacking on later, and started the cupcakes, using a coconut flour cake recipe we used for Kid2’s birthday a couple years ago.
Cocoa is also not an every-day food on GAPS, and it is not allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that GAPS is based on. However, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has said in her FAQ that cocoa is ok in moderation if it is well-tolerated. We have found that we can eat it from time to time without a problem.I find that coconut flour makes a better cake when you let the batter set for a few hours before baking, but I didn’t have that kind of time.
Instead, I made a half-batch of the batter as quickly as I could (taking the time to whip my eggs until they had fluffed up dramatically) and used our muffin tin so that it would bake faster. We use silicone muffin cups to prevent sticking. Kid1 likes it when we bake cake in a jar, so I baked hers in a 1/2 pint mason jar. The cake normally takes 40 minutes to bake, so I checked the cupcakes with a toothpick at 20 minutes and just needed to give them a few minutes more.
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Off she went! On the way I told her I asked her how she felt about having to bring her own food to a party. She said she was glad to, since everything we eat is so good.