Little Mashies Healthy Cake Pops

When Ariella asked if she can make cake pops I was a little bit dubious! I’ve seen them and they look full of sugar, chemicals and junk! She did some research and found a video that showed the process.. start with some cooked cupcakes, break them apart and squash them, mix with a butter based icing sugar or frosting, roll into balls, insert sticks, freezer for 20 minutes, then dip in melted chocolate and roll in sugary sprinkles! Wooh! Basically filled with sugar and probably best saved for birthday parties or special occasions!

Little Mashies Healthy Cake Pops

Anyway.. Ariella really wanted to give it a go so we agreed that we would first make a variation of our “go to” healthy hidden vegetable vanilla cake (basically it needed to be less moist than our standard recipe), we would use a good quality dark chocolate, and we would cover it in freeze dried fruit pieces (that went out the window as we couldn’t find any)!

Here is what we did! First make a less moist version of our Healthy Hidden Vegetable Vanilla Cake.

Cake Ingredients:

3 small sweet potatoes (orange, purple or white), grated

4 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (or melted butter would be fine)

1/3 cup rice malt syrup (or honey/maple syrup would be fine)

1 T vanilla paste + 1 T vanilla powder (the seeds from 2 real vanilla pods would be better but this is all we had, it was still delicious)

1/3 cup coconut sugar (or rapadura sugar)

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

Healthy Cake Pops

Cake Pop glue ingredients:

2 T flaxseed flour 

6 T water

1 T rice malt syrup (or honey/maple syrup/brown rice syrup)


1/4 cup Dark Chocolate

Freeze Dried fruit pieces, goji berries or coloured sprinkles


1. Preheat oven to 160 Degrees Celsius 

2. In a bowl, combine grated sweet potato with the other wet ingredients and stir well. If you own a food processor or Thermomix you could mix at speed 3 for about 30 seconds.

3. Add the dry ingredients and mix well so that all of the ingredients are well combined. If you have a food processor or Thermomix do speed 3 again for another 30 seconds.

4. Line a cake tin or loaf with a 30cm Little Mashies reusable wrap/bake/cover (the XL size). If you don’t have Little Mashies reusable wraps then use baking paper to line the cake tin.

Baking with reusable wraps

5. Spoon the cake mixture into the cake tin or loaf tray and put into the oven for 50 minutes.

6. Once cooked (slightly bouncy to touch) carefully pull the cake out of the oven and leave it somewhere safe to cool down. 

7. When it has cooled enough to touch pull it out by lifting the reusable wrap on two sides. Leave the cake another 20 minutes to cool down.

8. Put the cake into a bowl and pull it apart with your fingers, crumbling it and squeezing it until it is a crumbly dough like consistency.

9. To make the cake pops stick together you need a gooey, sticky substance.. A cake pop glue. Usually recipes use icing or frosting. I came up with a healthier option. In a cup mix 2 T flaxseed flour (flaxseed flour is simply flaxseeds blended in a food processor or smoothie maker to become like a powder).. you could also use chia seeds! Mix the flaxseed flour with 6 T of water. The flaxseeds will absorb the water and become sticky and gooey. We added 1 T of rice malt syrup to this mixture as well so that the strong flaxseed taste couldn’t be detected in the cake pops. If you use chia seeds instead of flaxseeds you won’t need a sweetener.

10. Add 2 spoons of the flaxseed glue to the crumbled cake mixture and using your fingertips combine it.

11. Squash together approximately a tablespoon of the cake mixture and shape it into a ball. Place the ball onto a Little Mashies XL reusable wrap sheet (on a plate, chopping board or tray) and repeat this step until all the cake mixture has been used. 

Little Mashies reusable wrap bake cover

12. Put skewers into the middle of the balls and pop the tray with balls into the freezer for a minimum of 20 minutes.

13. Once the balls are hard to touch melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. We choose chocolate that has 3 -5 ingredients as this is the healthiest option for kids (check labels usually a good chocolate is cacao butter, cacao, vanilla & sugar). A double boiler is a saucepan with some water (boiling) and a small pan on top with the chocolate inside. The steam rises and melts the chocolate in the top pan without burning it.

14. Place the melted chocolate in one bowl, and the sprinkles, goji berries, or freeze dried fruit in another bowl.

15. Dip one ball at a time into the melted chocolate and then into the bowl with the toppings.

Reusable wrap for cake pops 

16. Place the ball back onto the reusable wrap covered tray and repeat step 15 until all the balls are covered the way you like.

17. Put the tray in the fridge until the chocolate goes hard (approx 10mins). Then put the cake pops into a reusable silicone bag so they stay fresher for longer. We used the Little Mashies 1500ml bag.

18. Eat & enjoy!

 Lola eating her first cake pop




BABY feeding FAQS

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At 6 mths of age you can introduce a range of puree's to your baby (see our baby food recipe book and use coupon code RECIPE to remove 100% of the price at the checkout).

For baby led weaning you skip the baby food puree altogether and start with large (2 finger sized) pieces of the food. We would of course do this on our Little Mashies sucky platter! So from 6-9mths of age in baby led weaning foods should be the size of about 2 fingers so that the baby can pick it up and self feed. They also need to be well cooked so they are soft, and with no loose pieces (for example tiny florets that can break off on broccoli, or a slice of apple that's so thin it can break when gnawed on).

From around 9mths with baby led weaning you chop the food very small (to avoid choking). I would suggest 2-4 grains of rice in size. It's a small piece so that if they swallow it whole they won't choke. In traditional baby food recipes this is the stage where we mash food so it has a little texture.

At around 12mths of age in baby led weaning the food goes up to bite sizes (and this is the same in non baby led weaning kids), about fingernail sized pieces. Of course some babies will be on a different timeline depending on whether they have heaps or a few teeth.

Every baby is different and you just have to watch carefully and get to know how your baby is with food. Never leave them alone whilst eating, and I also recommend sitting them at a table with you for all meals if you can. It helps set the expectation for later in life and you can be a role model for how to eat well. Around 18mths you can offer your little one larger serves again (so a whole apple for example) so that they can learn to take smaller bites themselves, to chew, and to swallow.

It is widely recognised that babies should start solids around 6 months of age. At this time reusable baby food pouches can be really convenient to take your homemade healthy puree with you when you are out and about. Spoon attachments are available so you can feed your baby directly from the pouch from 6 months old. Without a spoon attachment babies usually start feeding themselves pouched food around 8 months old. This is when they hit their independant phase and what to do everything themselves. A pouch is a lot cleaner than a bowl and spoon in these circumstances. We do however advise that you give your baby a variety of meals, not just ones that are in a refillable pouch.

Refilling your reusable yoghurt pouches is easy! Simply turn the reusable food pouch upside down and open the wide double ziplock at the bottom of the pouch. Once the zipper is open you can spoon yoghurt into the pouch or pour it in (out of a jug or bottle).

If you are concerned about making a mess you can use a kitchen funnel so that all of the yoghurt stays away from the yoghurt pouch zipper.

Another idea that we commonly do at home when filming videos (but it would also be useful when holding a baby in one arm), anyway.. the idea is that you put the pouch upside down in a glass (with the lid on), open the ziplock and the glass acts like a second hand, holding the pouch still whilst you spoon the yoghurt in. This is what I do when I only have one hand to use for the refill!I also tend to refill my reusable yoghurt pouches in bulk. I'll buy a good quality yoghurt from Coles or Woolworths and will fill a whole 10pk of pouches in one go so they are all ready for snacks on the go.

My kids always want to eat when they are out and refilling the reusable pouches one at a time just doesn't work for us. The only time i do that actually is when I've pureed a meal that my toddler refused, put it in a reusable pouch, and given it to her again. Oh and the other time I do singles.. there are two actually. When we go for ice-cream (it is so much cleaner when in a pouch), and when I have leftover smoothie (again, it stops me getting smoothie all through my car, pram, or playroom).

Little Mashies refillable yoghurt pouches are compatible with pouch filling machines that are on the market. Our spout is universal so even though we don't think you need a filling machine, our reusable pouches will fit. All of our yoghurt and baby food pouches come with anti-choke lids as standard.

Cleaning reusable baby food pouches is easy! We have designed Little Mashies refillable yoghurt pouches without corners so there are no places for food to get stuck (we would hate your little one to get sick from old food stuck in corners)!

When you open the ziplock you can see all the way through the pouch to ensure it is clean. If you have a dishwasher you can clean the pouch using that, otherwise you can wash your reusable baby food pouches by hand and this takes around 20 seconds. Little Mashies squeeze pouches are BPA Free and are safe to wash with warm water.

If you need some meal ideas for your refillable pouch you can find home made yoghurt here, baby food recipes here, and pouch smoothie recipes here.

Now, to clean your Little Mashies food pouches by hand simply open up the ziplock at the bottom and take off the cap. Run warm water through the open ziplock with the baby pouch facing downward so the water comes out of the spout and into the sink. The shape of Little Mashies reusable pouches acts like a funnel, pushing out food and making the pouch very easy to clean.

To start washing your reusable pouch, squirt some dishwashing liquid into the refillable pouch, then use a baby bottle brush to clean the inside walls (just like a baby bottle). To clean the spout use a straw brush (like the ones we have here), and clean it in the same manner that you would clean the teat from a baby’s bottle. Give the reusable pouch a rinse and place it over a kitchen utensil in the drying rack to dry. If you don’t have time to dry it fully place it in the freezer until you are ready to use it again. Do not put wet reusable food pouches in dark cupboards or draws. They are very easy to dry if you have removed the cap, and placed something inside the zipper to keep the pouch open (we use a whisk, tongs or a spatula).

Note that if you continuously wash your pouches in the dishwasher the high temperature will make the zipper wear out more quickly. At home we wash our pouches mostly by hand because it is so quick and easy and then just use the dishwasher when we have had loads of kids over and served reusable yoghurt pouches or smoothies to them all.

Oh and while I remember if you use the code RECIPE at the checkout it will remove 100% off the price of the baby food recipe ebook so you can get some inspiration for your refillable pouches.

Some parents start introducing a sippy cup or straw cup to their babies around 6 mths of age. This can make it easier to transition from breastmilk or bottle feeding around 12 mths of age. Most paediatricians recommend babies 18 mths or older use an open sippy cup rather than a bottle, so anytime before then is fine. This is why we have a 4 in 1 sippy cup, so that you don't have to purchase seperate products as your baby moves through the stages of learning how to swallow and drink. To shop the Little Mashies silicone sippy cup, check out our baby feeding range here.

All of our baby food recipes are contained within our ebook. You can get a free download by using the coupon code RECIPE at the checkout. Simply add it to the cart, pop in the coupon code, and it will remove 100% of the price.