Healthy Birthday Cake

This cake recipe is delicious AND good for you. We made it for our daughter’s 2nd birthday and we all loved it! It was just as good, if not better, than the bakery cake we bought for the rest of the party. So moist, rich, and very tasty with hardly any sugar and packed full of nutrient-dense ingredients. Original recipe is linked at the bottom of this post.

Banana Cake Ingredients (Palanjian, 2022)

  • 1 cup rolled oats (we use Farmer’s We Know organic sprouted oats from Costco)
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 medium bananas)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted and slightly cooled; or coconut oil or coconut oil for dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened at room temperature. Replace with non-dairy Greek yogurt for dairy-free option)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the oats, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon into the bowl of a food processor (we used our BlendTec blender). Grind about 30 seconds, or until the oats resemble a coarse flour.
  • Add the bananas, eggs, vanilla, butter, and maple syrup. Process for an additional 30 seconds or until the batter is smooth.
  • Divide the batter between two 8-inch cake pans. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out cleanly.
  • Place pans onto a wire rack and let cakes cool completely in the pan.
  • Make the frosting: Use an electric hand-held mixer to beat together the cream cheese, butter, honey (or maple syrup), and vanilla extract. Beat until very smooth.
  • To frost, place one cake onto a plate, top with 1/4-⅓ cup of frosting. Place the second cake on top and spread the remaining frosting over top.
  • Get ready to make some wise choices!

Palanjian, A. (2022, July 2). Healthy Banana Cake. Retrieved from

Un-Wise Eats – Kodiak Cake Mini Pizzas

You might not know that you can use Kodiak’s delicious pancake mix to make pizza crust! It’s so super simple, and although we don’t use Kodiak anymore personally, it’s still a much healthier alternative to ordering pizza out, so here’s our recipe!


  • 1.5 Cups Kodiak Pancake Mix (159g)
  • 1/3 Cup Warm Water (2.7oz / 76g)
  • Organic Pizza or Marinara Sauce (125g) (We love Rao’s from Costco)
  • Olive Oil for the Pan & Crusts (27g)
  • 1 Cup Organic Mozzarella and/or Provolone Cheese (126g)
  • Sausage, Chicken Sausage, or Other Meat Topping (83g)

Nutrition Facts (Recipe Makes 4 Servings)
1 Pizza (130g)

  • Calories 364
  • Fat 20.3g
  • Protein 19g
  • Carbs 26g

Why We Don’t Use Kodiak Pancake Mix Anymore

We used to be a big fans of Kodiak Cakes pancake mix, but eventually ditched it because although they use 100% whole grain wheat as the base, it is not organic and also contains GMO dairy. Conventional wheat may contain high amounts of glyphosate from farming, which is toxic to the body. Any time we consume grains, we buy organic. Nowadays, we make our own homemade pancake mix.

But, this is still a big step up nutrition-wise from takeout pizza, so if you’re looking to level up, Kodiak Mini Pizzas may be right for you!

Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken

As discussed in Episode 36 of the Wise Eats Podcast:

Chinese on Christmas is a staple, but again, today I would never eat anything fried like crab rangoons, or even Chinese for that matter. It’s really the worst of the worst. Just a combination of trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, MSG, sugar, and refined flours. These days, I don’t even mess with Chinese, but here is a recipe that is just as good, if not better, than sweet n’ sour chicken:

Baked Curry Chicken aka Healthy Sweet & Sour Chicken

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Cup Honey 85g
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, Melted 55g
  • 1/4 Cup Yellow Mustard 65g
  • 1 Tsp. Salt 5.6g
  • 1 Tsp. Curry Powder 2.2g
  • Combine all ingredients together in baking dish
  • Halve the chicken breasts to make them thinner
  • Fully coat chicken in mixture
  • Bake at 375 degrees from 40-45mins Serve with some jasmine white rice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts – 1 Piece of Chicken (6oz/128g)
Calories 300
Fat 14.5g
Protein 24.5g
Carbs 16.7g

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