Category: breakfast

Our Favorite Chia Seed Pudding \\ Sweet Laurel

 

 

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School is back in session, and it is time for a quick and easy breakfast classic. Our favorite chia seed pudding is simple and nutritious. We start with delicious and organic coconut cream. Coconut cream is the solid coconut fat that firm up at the top of canned coconut milk. You can find canned Coconut Cream at grocery stores now with higher percentages of fat, and lower percentages of coconut milk, yielding more creamy deliciousness. If you cannot find coconut cream, feel free to use good canned coconut milk, with no additives. Simply scoop the solids from the top of the can for your use in this recipe.

And back to the chia seed pudding… I said it was simple, and I mean it’s simple! We mix the coconut cream with chia, slightly mashed berries, raw honey and lemon juice to create a satisfying and delightful breakfast or even a special after dinner treat!

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Our Favorite Chia Seed Pudding

Serves 2

1 cup refrigerated coconut cream* (Lets Do Organic and Trader Joe’s both have delicious organic canned Coconut Creams)

1/2 cup fresh blueberries and raspberries, lightly smashed

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

In a bowl, stir together all ingredients until well mixed. Pour into two 4 ounce glass jars and cover with lid. Store in fridge overnight. Serve with extra berries. Enjoy within 3 days.

* I always keep my coconut cream in the refrigerator. This is because I make a lot of coconut whipped cream and coconut yogurt. These recipes work better when the coconut is solid and not liquid. Refrigerating coconut milk causes the fat to rise to the top of the can and solidify.

What’s In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

I love this interview I did with The Chalkboard Mag! They took a look in my fridge and I got to share a little about my love of all things Sweet Laurel! One thing that’s apparent here, is that I’m a veggie lover! Yes, I know Sweet Laurel is all about sweets, but let me introduce you to savory Laurel! I sure eat my fair share of veggies. If you have any questions about some of my go – to’s, leave them in the comments! xo, Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

What's In My Fridge \\ Sweet Laurel

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE:

Eat wholesome yet delicious food every day.


 

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:

Kale, coconut, chocolate, and crudité.


 

7 RECIPE STAPLES ALWAYS ON HAND:

For my recipes, pretty much any of them can be made if you have almond flour, coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, 100% maple syrup, organic eggs, coconut milk, and cacao.


 

MUST-HAVE MUNCHIES:

I am into accessible veggies: half an avocado, cut up celery, cucumber, carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. I am not a big snacker, but I am a big vegetable eater!


 

FAVE CONDIMENTS:

Our all-time favorite condiment is Sweet Laurel vegan caramel! Other condiments on the savory side I enjoy are Primal Kitchen Foods mayo and Kerrygold butter. Yes, butter. I developed a strong craving for it during my pregnancy, and I’ve been tolerating it well, so I enjoy it in moderation.


 

INGREDIENT THAT MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE BETTER:

When I cook, I love to use some delicious savory staples like garlic, Himalayan pink salt, apple cider vinegar and fun things like cayenne pepper. When I bake, a balance of moisture enriching, yet nutrient-dense ingredients make everything taste better. I work with five core ingredients at Sweet Laurel: almond flour, coconut oil, 100% maple syrup, organic eggs, and Himalayan pink salt. These are my star ingredients and the secret to a delicious grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free treat that tastes delicious!


 

GO-TO PROTEINS:

Organic eggs, wild-caught fish, organic chicken, turkey, and beef.


 

BEST BARGAIN:

I buy in bulk whenever I can through health food stores and co-ops. This is great for spices, organic nuts and other frequently used items and pricier items.


 

BEST LABEL-READING TIP:

I always check for whole-food ingredients. If the foods originate from earth and are used in their natural form, I’m good with them.


 

FAVE VEGGIE + WHAT YOU MAKE WITH IT:

This changes, but currently I’m obsessed with making kale chips in the oven. It takes just a few minutes, and my salty, crunchy craving is usually taken care of shortly thereafter.


 

MUST-HAVE PANTRY STAPLES:

Sweet Laurel vanilla extract. We make our own, grain- and gluten-free, with tequila!


 

CRAZIEST THING I BUY:

The $30 coconut yogurt. Jam packed with probiotics, a little goes a long way. I’m definitely addicted.


 

SWEETS AND OTHER INDULGENCES:

I indulge in 100% cacao from Chocovivo every day. It is not a sweet per se, but an indulgence for sure. Made from cacao beans and stone ground into chocolate right here in Los Angeles.


 

DAIRY OR NON-DAIRY FAVES:

Like I said, hooked on coconut yogurt.


 

SKIP LABELS THAT READ:

‘High-fructose corn syrup,’ ‘cane sugar,’ etc.


 

FAVORITE SPLURGE:

I love supporting small food businesses. From time to time I will go to natural food stores and just pick up a few random food products, just to try them out!


 

FOR LAST MINUTE ENTERTAINING:

I whip up my snickerdoodles! Just five ingredients and delicious.


 

FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP:

Erewhon Natural Foods, Rainbow Acres.


 

SIMPLE GO-TO RECIPE:

My brownies. Topped with our vegan caramel, you’re instantly in dessert heaven.


 

BEST FOOD MEMORY:

Making banana bread with my mom when I was five or six. I remember tasting the batter and being instantly hooked!

 

(Photo credit: Elsie Dardon)

Avocado Toast 6 ways \\ Sweet Laurel

It’s almost silly to have a series of recipes dedicated to Avocado Toast. It’s so pervasive out here. It’s on every cafe menu, pops up on everyone’s social media, it’s practically omnipotent. Simple things hardly ever go out of style, and avocado toast is equivalent to a little black dress. Always the right decision. We suggest making your toast on top of our grain-free Turmeric Bread, however, any bread will work just fine.

When something is so simple, you can get playful with the flavor combinations. Below are some of our favorites.

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Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Avocado Toast 6 Ways


 

The Classic


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, smashed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 pinch dried chili flakes

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Smash the avocado with the lemon juice, and spread over the toast. Top with a bit of chili flake, salt, and pepper.


 

Thai Inspired


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 tablespoon coconut cream

1 tablespoon cilantro leaves

1 pinch cayenne

1 teaspoon lime juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast, and drizzle with coconut cream. Top with cilantro and cayenne, and finish with a bit of lime juice. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

Breakfast


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 egg

1 teaspoon finely chopped chives

1 teaspoon olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

For a perfectly hard boiled egg, place an egg in a small pot of room temperature water over medium heat. Once the water is boiling, turn it off, and let the egg sit in it for 8 minutes, less time for a slightly looser yolk. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and run with cold water until you can handle it. Peel the egg and slice.

Place the avocado on the toast, top with sliced egg and finish with chives, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.


 

The Purist


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 slice of heirloom tomato

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast, top with tomato, and drizzle with hot sauce. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

The Fattoush


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, chunked

1 tablespoon tahini

1 radish, thinly sliced

2 slices cucumber

1 teaspoon dill

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Spread the toast with tahini. Place the avocado on the toast, and drizzle with lemon juice. Top with cucumber and radish, and finish with a bit of dill. Finish with salt and pepper.


 

The Nori


 

Ingredients:

1 half-inch slice grain-free bread, toasted

1/3 avocado, sliced

1 tablespoon nori, chiffonade

1 pinch black sesame seeds

1 tablespoon mint, chiffonade

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Place the avocado on the toast. Top with nori, sesame seeds, and mint, and finish with salt and pepper.

Acai Bowls \\ Sweet Laurel

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Acai Bowls for Two

Everyone loves a good acai bowl. Unfortunately, I’m usually quite disappointed when I order acai at restaurants because they’re usually WAY TOO SWEET for me, and loaded with  added sugar. I love making my own, because I get to control the sweet factor. These beautiful bowls are sweetened with frozen banana, and optional raw honey. Top your bowls with favorite fruits. Get creative, they are fun to make!

Serves 2

100 gram packet unsweetened acai

1 frozen banana (make sure your banana is unpeeled before you freeze it)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional: 1 tablespoon raw honey

Garnish:

Berries

Mango slices

Peach Slices

Shredded coconut or fresh cut coconut

Almonds

Blend acai, frozen banana, vanilla extract and optional honey together on high in a blender. Top with fruit of choice. For garnish, I like to cut my mango slices into fun shapes. You can also freeze or fresh berries for a few moments to add a nice frozen glow to your bowl!

Blueberry Muffins \\ Sweet Laurel

Who doesn’t love a scrumptious blueberry muffin? Our Blueberry Muffins are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea, and ridiculously simple to make. The flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, almond and blueberry are delicious together, and there’s a subtle sweetness from the maple syrup. This is definitely one of our favorites.

NOTE: we lined our cupcake molds with parchment squares. Feel free to use cupcake tins or liners for your muffins, or grease the molds with coconut oil.

Paleo Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

 

Paleo Blueberry Muffins

12 small muffins (cupcake size)


 

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups almond flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

2/3 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoons vanilla extract

4 oz blueberries (about 4 per muffin)

 


 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Prepare your cupcake pan by lining with parchment liners or tins. Alternatively you can grease each mold with melted coconut oil.

In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking soda, Himalayan pink salt and cinnamon thoroughly. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Pour the batter into the cake molds and top with blueberries.

Bake muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until the muffins are golden brown. Allow the muffins to cool ten minutes before removing from the pan. Enjoy!

Blueberry Lavender Donuts with Coconut Glaze \\ Sweet Laurel

Today is my birthday, so I’m sharing one of my favorite new recipes with you! These Blueberry Lavender Donuts have the loveliest flavor, and are perfect for a springtime brunch, or better yet, Mother’s Day! The food grade lavender is optional. The donuts will have perfect flavor with or without. Enjoy!!

Blueberry Lavender Donuts \\ Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Lavender Donuts \\ Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Lavender Donuts \\ Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Lavender Donuts \\ Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Lavender Donuts with Coconut Glaze

Yields 6 donuts


 

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup blanched almond or hazelnut flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

3 tablespoons 100% maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 eggs, at room temperature, whites and yolks separated

1 teaspoon dried lavender

1/8 teaspoon food grade lavender oil (optional, for extra lavender flavor)

1/4 cup blueberries


 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease your 6-mold donut pan with coconut oil.

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl combine all of the wet ingredients except egg whites.

Mix the wet with dry and set aside. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Add lavender oil, dried lavender and blueberries.

Equally distribute the batter between the 6 donut molds. Smooth out the tops of each donut.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden.  Allow the donuts to cool, remove from pan and then chill in the fridge for half an hour.


 

To Prepare Glaze


 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut butter

2 teaspoons 100% maple syrup or honey

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup coconut milk

Dried lavender and blueberries for garnish


 

Directions:

Mix remaining ingredients over very low heat.  Allow to cool. If too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.

Dip donuts into icing. Once all donuts have been dipped, you may wish to re-dip donuts for a deeper white color.

Garnish donuts with dried lavender and blueberries if desired.

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

 

I love this little tea cake so much! We don’t post many cakes using coconut flour on the blog, it’s usually always almond flour. Here is a beloved coconut flour recipe! It’s like a classic pound cake, but with less heft, and the orange and dark chocolate compliment each other perfectly.  Plus, the giant chunks of chocolate add such a rustic and dramatic look to the whole thing. So pretty!

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Yields 3 mini loaves (or 8″x 8″ pans)


 

Ingredients:

3/4  cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

6 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice (about two oranges squeezed)

Zest of one orange

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup homemade chocolate chips (recipe below)


 

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Line three mini loaf pans or one standard loaf pan with parchment. You can also use an 8 x8 pan.

Stir together the coconut flour, baking soda, and Himalayan pink salt. Beat the eggs, adding in the dry ingredients followed by the wet ingredients and vanilla extract and zest.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


 

Homemade Chocolate Chips


 

Ingredients:

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (100% cacao), (organic is preferable)

1 tablespoon maple syrup (or more depending on how dark you like it)

Directions:

Break baking chocolate into one-inch pieces and place in thick saucepan or double boiler. Over a very low heat, melt baking chocolate. Once melted, take off heat and add maple syrup and stir. Pour chocolate onto parchment paper and spread into a rectangle, about 8×12 inches. Place parchment in freezer. Once hardened (will take a few minutes), break off pieces and use as needed.

Almond Mylk 12 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

At Sweet Laurel, almond mylk is one of our favorite pantry staples. We use it in baking, in pasta sauce, in our morning coffee, it’s a flavor panacea for anything in need of a bit of richness and roundness. We even like drinking it straight, too. Almonds contain delicious, filling fats, and are a good source of protein, making a glass of almond mylk a lovely afternoon pick-me-up. This simple drink is the perfect canvas to let your palette run wild, so we compiled our favorite flavor combinations for this cool, refreshing drink. But have fun with it and get creative!

Almond Mylk 12 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

Almond Mylk 12 Ways \\ Sweet Laurel

*Note: For the longest lasting nut mylks and juices, work with cold ingredients and refrigerate immediately.


 

Sweet Almond Mylk Base Recipe:

Makes 5 cups of Milk


 

Ingredients:

2 cups raw almonds, preferably organic

4 cups cold filtered water, plus more for soaking

2-3 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

1 vanilla bean, cut in half

1 pinch of Himalayan pink salt


 

Directions:

Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. They will plump as they absorb water. Let stand, uncovered, overnight (or 8 hours) in the refrigerator. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.

Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water.

Combine the almonds, half of the vanilla bean, dates, a pinch of salt, and water in a blender. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes until the almonds are a very fine meal and the liquid is opaque.

Line a strainer with cheese cloth, or use a nut milk bag, and place over a bowl. Pour the almond mixture into the strainer.  Press all the almond milk from the almond meal. Gather the nut bag or cheese cloth around the almond meal and twist close. Squeeze and press with clean hands to extract as much almond milk as possible. If you want a thicker almond milk, you can add some of the almond meal back into the liquid.

Refrigerate almond milk immediately. Store the almond milk in sealed containers in the fridge for up to two days.  It will separate, so shake before drinking.  Enjoy!


 

Here are our fun variations!


 

Chocolate Banana

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 banana, peeled and chopped

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Tumeric black pepper

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 two inch nub of turmeric, or 2 tablespoons powdered turmeric

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Cinnamon Date

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground

Extra two dates, pitted

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Matcha Mint Chocolate

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1/2 cup mint

1/2 cup grated cacao, stir in at the end

2 tablespoons matcha

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.

 


 

Chai

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Blackberry Honey Vanilla

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 1/2 cup blackberries

Replace dates with 1/4 cup honey

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Cold Press Coffee

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 cup cold pressed coffee

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Strawberry Rose

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 teaspoon rosewater

1 1/2 cup strawberries

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Lavender Rosemary Honey

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 tablespoon lavender, ground

2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Orange Creamsicle

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

1 orange, peeled with a vegetable peeler

1/4 cup orange juice

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.


 

Power Mylk

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

2 teaspoons roasted dandelion

2 teaspoons reishi powder

2 teaspoons maca

2 tablespoons Chia seeds

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients, except the chia seeds, just before blending everything together. Strain, add the chia seeds, and store as directed above.


 

Greens

Sweet Almond Mylk Base

2 cups spinach

3 kale leaves, stalk removed

2 romaine leaves

2 sprigs mint

Prepare almond mylk as you normally would, but add the above ingredients just before blending everything together. Strain and store as directed above.

My Simple Morning Sickness Remedy \\ Sweet Laurel

All the mamas out there know about morning sickness. While it is typically linked to early pregnancy, it can occur during the entire pregnancy for some women. Last summer, when I was blissfully enjoying my first few weeks of motherhood, nausea struck me from behind. I could not believe how much it affected my everyday activities. It was very hard for me to cook or bake, and my days in the Sweet Laurel kitchen were certainly difficult. I remember asking my husband to find me a face mask to wear in the kitchen and help with all the smells that were seemingly causing nausea.

Eventually, I found one concoction to ease my symptoms: lemon + water. Because of lemon’s ability to balance your body’s ph level and neutralize stomach acid, it becomes a calming remedy for nausea’s unrelenting toll during pregnancy. In the morning, I enjoyed it hot but, iced in the afternoon. I’m sure you will find what suits you best. You can also switch it up and use orange or grapefruit for different flavors. Lastly, be sure to drink your lemon water with a straw to protect your teeth! This is a trick I learned from the dentists in my family. Wishing all you mamas a beautiful pregnancy!

My Simple Morning Sickness Remedy \\ Sweet Laurel
My Simple Morning Sickness Remedy \\ Sweet Laurel
My Simple Morning Sickness Remedy \\ Sweet Laurel

 

My Simple Morning Sickness Remedy


 

Ingredients: 

1 lemon, sliced

16 ounces of water, hot or cold

Optional add-ins:

mint leaves

rosemary

orange slices

grapefruit slices


 

Place the hot or cold water in a glass and squeeze the lemon through a strainer. Garnish with optional add-ins if desired. Enjoy!

Citrus Cayenne Juice \\ Sweet Laurel

It’s hard to imagine the classic breakfast vignette without a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. This time of year especially, while citrus is at its peak, I like to load up on the nutrient-packed fruit. It’s not only delicious, but citrus is filled with vitamin C, antioxidants, flavanoids, and is just a powerhouse for your body. Add cayenne for some anti-inflammatory properties, plus a spicy kick, and you’ve got a delicious start to your day.

Citrus Cayenne \\ Sweet Laurel

Citrus Cayenne \\ Sweet Laurel

Citrus Cayenne \\ Sweet Laurel

Citrus Cayenne Juice

For 2 glasses


 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup lime, juiced

1/4 cup lemon, juiced

1/4 cup grapefruit, juiced

1/2 cup orange juice

1 teaspoon cayenne


 

Directions:

Combine, chill, sip.