Saturday, July 24, 2021

Birthday Celebration With Exotic Fruit Salad Platter

Happy Birthday, Cake, Candle, Celebrate

How do you celebrate a birthday without a birthday cake? 

My son, Jonathan, is very careful with his diet and avoids inflammatory foods. For the past 2 years, he has not been eating sugar or anything made with sugar. 

It is a challenge to think of what to make to celebrate his birthday. We already know that he will not indulge in a birthday cake, so what to do? 

Well, his wife, Wendy, and their two daughters came up with the perfect solution. The pictures are worth a thousand words, so I will let you see the photos of Jon's birthday celebration in lieu of a cake !

exotic fruit platter

birthday celebration
Happy Birthday Jon 💋💋

The exotic fruit salad platter included :  
Dragon fruit, papaya, kiwi, guava, mango
strawberries, and star fruit. His candles were place in a banana. 

Everyone enjoyed a healthy celebration made with fruit salad instead of cake!!

I did make Jon my sugarless/flourless oatmeal cookies which only contain mashed banana, oats, and cinnamon and are very tasty. Optional chopped dates, nuts, raisins. 
I put a candle in a few of the cookies and we sang Happy Birthday!
Link to Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal breakfast cookies

1. I always use certified gluten-free oats. If oats are not certified gluten free, they may cross contaminate and actually contain gluten and not be safe. I purchase these certified gluten-free oats-affiliate link.

2.  The oatmeal cookies are very quick and easy to make.

3. I eat the oatmeal cookies on the Starch Solution Diet-They are  Oil-free.

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  1. There are always wonderful recipe or creative solutions to those who seek. Happy birthday to your son!

  2. That's a great idea! Too much over processed sugar is never a good thing. Those oatmeal cookies are healthy enough as the breakfast.
    Happy Birthday, Jon!

  3. Love the celebration fruit!!!

    As for Abrams Dinner Party: you do not have to cook from each book. They are basically asking for buzz and make it very easy to meet your agreement with them. I suggest filling out the form and see how it goes.

  4. The fruit would make me happier than a cake too!

  5. I have seen "fruit" cakes before, but there is something nice about being able to pick and choose which fruit you actually want to eat.

  6. i chuckled at his birthday cake. very sensible:)

  7. What a gorgeous fruit spread, sorbet and all! I also love the candles in the banana; that's so cute! I hope your son had a very happy birthday! :)

  8. I would be perfectly happy with this fruit salad platter as my birthday dessert. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.


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