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Summer Strawberry Shortcake {with Wholewheat Date-sweetened Biscuits}

Strawberry Shortcake with Wholewheat Date sweetened biscuits | Mama Papa BubbaNothing says summer quite like fresh strawberry shortcake, and since our kitchen is currently overflowing with berries after this morning’s trip to Krause Berry Farms, I thought Miss G and I would experiment with a healthier, wholewheat, sugar-free version this afternoon.  The unfortunate part is that our little old house was sitting at 31 degrees, so turning on the oven to bake shortcakes certainly wasn’t our best plan, but you gotta do what you gotta do when you have fresh berries begging to be gobbled up! ☺

IMG 9613While I don’t mind baking with small amounts of honey and pure maple syrup, our recent {and delicious!} cookie dough boys have peeked my interest in baking with dates {and other sweet fruits} instead of the alternative sweeteners I usually turn to.  I’m happy to report, that our first experiment was a total success!  These shortcakes turned out soft, moist inside, and perfectly sweet!  Plus the tiny hint of coconut flavour from the coconut oil made them even more delicious.  

IMG 9617Brad loved them, and I think Gracen thought she’d died and gone to heaven went she saw a little plate stacked with cake, sliced strawberries, and freshly whipped cream coming her way.  

Here’s the recipe to our new favourite summer dessert….

Strawberry Shortcake with Date-sweetened Biscuits (adapted from this recipe)

  • 2 1/2 cups of wholewheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 2/3 cup of buttermilk (you can make your own by adding 3/4 of a tablespoon of vinegar to 2/3 of a cup of regular milk and letting it sit for 5 or 10 minutes)
  • 8 tablespoons of coconut oil (in its liquid state)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 majool dates, soaked and pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
  • strawberries, sliced

Before starting this recipe, place the dates into a small bowl, cover them with boiling water, and let sit for about 15 minutes.  Remove pits and place dates, along with a tablespoon or two of the soaking water in a food processor or blender and process until smooth {or nearly smooth}.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.   If you’re making your own buttermilk, mix the milk and vinegar together and set it aside.

Whisk together the wholewheat flour, baking powder, and sea salt.

In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, coconut oil, egg, and pureed dates until as smooth as possible.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just barely combined.  Divide the dough in 8 to 10 balls and bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are slightly golden.

Whip cream until peaks begin to form, then add maple syrup and whip for an extra few seconds to combine.  

Slice strawberries.

To assemble, cut shortcakes in half horizontally, placing the tops aside temporarily.  Place a heaping scoop of strawberries on each shortcake bottom, then top with a generous spoonful of freshly whipped cream, and place the tops back on.  Serve immediately.



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20 Mama & Babe Approved Uses for Coconut Oil

20 Mama  Babe Approved Uses for Coconut Oil | Mama Papa BubbaOne thing our family just can’t go without anymore is coconut oil.  From the kitchen to the beauty cabinet to the first aid kit, it truly fits the term ‘multipurpose’.  We love it so much in fact, that we have several different jars stashed around the house at any given time.  Here are the ways we (Gracen and I especially) use it in our home…

1. Baked Goods (muffins especially)

Instead of using grape seed oil, our usual butter/margarine substitute in muffins, we’ve been using coconut oil recently.  Makes them super moist and they won’t dry out as the days pass.  (THESE are delicious!)

2. Body Moisturizer

Great for when you’re fresh out of the shower or your just before your babe heads off to bed.  It soaks in quickly and smells delicious!

3. Eye Make-up Remover

Simply massage a tiny pinch of coconut oil into your eye area, then wipe off with a damp cloth or cotton pad.  Voila – make up gone! 

4. Face Cleanser

Massage a small pinch into your face, then use a hot, wet washcloth to wipe your face clean.  Most likely, you won’t need moisturizer afterward.

 5. Diaper Cream

Coconut oil is soothing, has anti-fungal properties, and gentle on skin – perfect for using on little bottoms!  Plus, it’s cloth diaper safe too!

6. Pan Frying

Great in high temperatures, coconut oil can be used when pan frying meat, veggies, or grilled cheese sandwiches.

7. Hair Mask

Take a generous amount of coconut oil, work it into the ends of your hair, and leave it sit for 15 to 30 minutes.  Wash it out as usual afterwards and notice how silky your hair feels.

8. Face Paint Remover

Simply rub a little coconut oil onto the paint to loosen it up, then wipe it away with a damp cloth.  Magic!  And no more stained pillow cases.  (Remember THIS?!  Perfect example!)

9. Face Exfoliant

Take a small amount of coconut oil and warm it up in the palm of your hand.  Add a sprinkle of baking soda, mix the two together, and rub it onto a clean face in a circular motion.  Rinse and dry.

10. Bites, Cuts, & Scrapes

Apply a thin layer of coconut oil as a topical cream to your little one’s cuts and scrapes.  It’ll form a protective barrier and speed healing along. 

11. Lip Balm

Super moisturizing and perfect for before bed.  We keep a tiny container of coconut oil in Gracen’s reach so she can moisturize her lips any time she feels the need. 

12. Smoothies

With tons of nutritional benefits, adding a teaspoon to your morning smoothie is a fast and easy way to add coconut oil to your diet.

13. Stove-top Popcorn

We use coconut oil exclusively when popping popcorn.  It can handle the heat, it is healthy, and depending on the type of coconut oil you purchase, it leaves your popcorn with the faintest coconut-y flavour. Yum.  (If you haven’t already, you have to try THIS.  Double yum.)

 14. Homemade Deodorant

Mix some arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oil, and coconut oil and you’ve got yourself a deodorant sans the harmful aluminum.  I’ve been been using it for months now and it works.

15. Homemade Bubble Bath

Mix some pure castile soap, coconut oil {in its liquid state}, and almond oil, and you’ve got a luxurious, moisturizing bubble bath.  When using it with wee ones, just be sure to have some sort of no-slip grip on the bottom of the tub as it does tend to make it slippery.

16. On Toast

Spread a thin layer on warm toast as a great butter/margarine substitute.  Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you’ve won Miss G’s heart. 

17. Foot Treatment

Slather dry feet generously just before you go to bed, throw on some socks, and wake up to seriously soft feet.

18. Hair Tamer

Tame fly aways or add shine by rubbing a tiny amount of coconut oil into your hands first, then onto your locks.

19. Homemade Body Scrub

Mix up some coconut oil, sweet almond oil, coarse/brown sugar, and pure vanilla and use it in the shower.  It smells delicious and leaves your skin soft and smooth.

20.  Straight Off Your Finger

Miss G’s personal favourite!  Each night after she’s had her bath and we’ve slathered her body in the stuff, she digs out a little chunk of coconut oil with her finger, and pops it in her mouth.  Slightly strange? Perhaps.  But you should see how excited she is about that part of her night. 

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