Category: vegan

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Fall in a dish! Here’s our take on a classic roasted butternut squash. As you know, we like to keep it simple at Sweet Laurel, and here we let the flavors of the butternut squash shine amongst delicious cashew creme, pomegranate seeds and a dash of fresh parsley.

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate \\ Sweet Laurel

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cashew Creme and Pomegranate


 

Ingredients:

1-2 butternut squash

1 cup cashews

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon lemon

1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)

1/2 cup pomegranate

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Chopped parsley for garnish


 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Place cashews in a bowl with 2 cups of filtered water. Set in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to soak.

Prepare butternut squash by washing the outside, cutting them in half and de-seeding. Lightly salt the squashes with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Rub the flesh of the squash with coconut oil. Optional: you can add cinnamon & maple syrup here for added flavor. 

Place butternut squash cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast for 1 hour, then remove pan from oven and allow them to cool.

Meanwhile, finish the cashew creme. After the cashews have soaked for about an hour, remove the cashews from the refrigerator. Pour the cashews into a high-speed blender or food processor, but do not toss the liquid just yet. You may need this during the processing. Combine the coconut milk, lemon and remaining salt in the blender. Blend the cashew creme on full speed until completely smooth, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of the soaking liquid, blending until desired consistency is reached. Pour the cashew creme into a container and store in refrigerator until serving time.

To serve, place butternut squash cut side up on plate. Drizzle cashew creme over squash, then sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and parsley. Enjoy!

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

This Greek girl cannot get enough Tzatziki! The creamy, cucumber and dill sauce goes with everything, seriously. Whether it is grilled veggies, salad, or kebabs, the list goes on. I first started to make my own Tzatziki for my husband, who has been dairy free since childhood. This is the version I make for my him, and nearly every family gathering. Enjoy this recipe, and do me a favor: Chop up some bell peppers or celery and dip them into your Tzatziki for a snack. You will fall in love instantly!

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki and Grain Free Crackers \\ Sweet Laurel

Dairy Free Tzatziki

Yields about 2 cups


 

Ingredients:

2 cups unflavored yogurt (I always use a clean, unsweetened store-bought version or I make my own coconut yogurt. You can also use goat or sheep’s milk yogurt if you tolerate it) 

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup dill, chopped

1 cucumber, shredded

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 lemon, squeezed

1/4 cup olive oil

Cracked pepper to taste


 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill for about an hour. Enjoy with veggies or my favorite grain-free crackers from Simple Mills! Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Note about the crackers: These are seriously so good, so good that they were in my hospital bag when I gave birth to sweet Nico! I love that they are made with sprouted seeds, making it easier for digestion. The original flavor is my favorite, but they’re all super yummy.

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.

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Keep your belly happy and dishes brightened with Fermented Veggies!  They can be made in a snap, and require only an airtight glass jar, salt and the veggies of your choice.  You can play around with the different spices and add ins, making the veggies catered to your liking.

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fermented Veggies


 

Ingredients:

1 quart of water

2 tablespoon Himalayan pink salt

2 cups chopped cucumbers, daikon radish, asparagus or carrots

3 whole cloves of garlic

1/8 teaspoon mustard seed

1/8 teaspoon dill seed

1/8 teaspoon coriander

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cabbage leaf


 

Directions:

Stir together salt and water. Chop peppers and carrots.

Add spices to the bottom of a one-quart jar. Add your vegetables, followed by the brine.  Cover the top of the vegetables with cabbage leaf. Cap the jar tightly and allow to sit in 65-85 degrees for about ten days.  For the first few days, check jar pressure: slightly unscrew lid to release pressure, then retighten lid.  Once fermentation is reached, store in fridge.

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Vegan Banana Split \\ Sweet Laurel

One of our favorite ice cream shops is Kippy’s in Venice. Every flavor is created on the foundation of two simple ingredients: organic, raw coconut cream and organic, raw honey. If ice cream could be good for you, this is humanity’s best chance.  The flavors are delicious, and the raw coconut cream and honey are filled with fantastic enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, basically anyone can enjoy it, it’s gluten free, vegan, and raw. The flavor of the coconut cream and honey is so simple and pure, and the perfect canvas for a classic ice cream sundae. Here’s our version, but if you find yourself in Los Angeles or Tokyo this summer, be sure to check them out!

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Vegan Banana Split \\ Sweet Laurel

Vegan Banana Split

Vegan Banana Split


 

Ingredients:

1 pint coconut cream (Lets do Organic or Nature Value brand is what I like best), at room temperature

2 to 4 tablespoons raw honey, at room temperature (depending on desired taste)

Directions:

The night before you plan to make your ice cream, place your ice cream maker in the freezer. The next day, combine the coconut cream and honey by whisking together. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill completely in the fridge.  Then run the mixture through your ice cream machine. Freeze until firm.

Note: if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can try a variety of methods to make ice cream without one. My favorite is to pour the chilled mixture into a shallow dish, place it in the freezer, and every 30 minutes to stir it with electric beaters or a whisk. It will take about 2 hours for it to get the right consistency. 


 

To build the sundae


 

Ingredients:

1 banana, split

Vegan Caramel

Chopped nuts, to taste

Coconut whipped cream

Fresh Cherries

Directions:

Place the banana on a plate, add ice cream, and top with a drizzle of caramel, nuts, and a scoop of whipped cream. Finish with a cherry on top, of course.

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake \\ Sweet Laurel

Here’s a wholesome upgrade for a Shamrock Shake! Mint chocolate chip has always been my favorite flavor of ice cream. Whenever I’m craving my fave ice cream, and Kippy’s doesn’t have mint chip at their shop ;),  I whip up this simple shake. It is a delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat, and creamy, minty, chocolatey, and totally healthier than your average shake.

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake \\ Sweet Laurel

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake \\ Sweet Laurel

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake \\ Sweet Laurel

Mint Chocolate Chip Shake

Serves 2


 

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas

2 cups coconut milk, I like Nature Value

1/2  cup fresh mint leaves

4 dates, pitted

2 handfuls fresh spinach

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1-2 scoops protein powder (optional)

2 tablespoons cacao nibs


 

Directions:

Put all the ingredients except for cacao nibs in the blender and mix on high until fully blended. You may want to add extra coconut milk depending on the texture you desire. Pour into two large glasses and stir in cacao nibs. Enjoy!

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.

Healthier Super Bowl Nachos \\ Sweet Laurel

We have a Super Bowl secret for you, and it is healthier nachos. This is a delicious vegan cheese sauce atop our crunchy and delicious spin on tortilla chips. These flavorful little bites are now a new favorite. Feel free to make adjustments to the amount of hot sauce added. I love it spicy! Super Bowl, here we come!

Healthier Super Bowl Nachos \\ Sweet Laurel

Healthier Super Bowl Nachos \\ Sweet Laurel

Healthier Super Bowl Nachos \\ Sweet Laurel

Healthier Super Bowl Nachos \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Nachos with Vegan Cheese Sauce

Serves 4


 

To make the vegan cheese sauce


 

Ingredients:

2 cups pine nuts, soaked in water for about 5 minutes

3 tablespoons water

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

3 tablespoons hot sauce, we like Oh Brother, That’s Hot! (more depending on how spicy you like it)

pinch Himalayan pink salt


 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend on high for about 2 minutes. Refrigerate until use.


 

To make the paleo tortilla chips


 

Ingredients:

1 cup almond or hazelnut flour

1 egg white**

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350.


 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until dough forms.

Roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Remove top layer of parchment and cut dough into triangles.

Place on baking sheet and put in oven. Bake about 12 minutes. Remove chips from oven and cool to room temp.

Note: I recommend serving the nachos shortly after baking because they taste SO good fresh. If you need to make ahead, you can pre-make and cut the batter and store in the refrigerator overnight. Bake off before you plan to serve and enjoy!

**You can make these chips vegan by simply substituting a flax egg (To make: Add 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seed to with 3 tablespoons of water. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes before adding to batter)!


 

Garnish:

1-2 serranos or jalapeños

paprika

To assemble Nachos:

Preheat oven to 350.

Place baked tortilla chips on a pan lined with parchment paper. Pour desired amount of cheese sauce over tortilla chips and bake about 10 minutes. Toss thinly sliced serranos or jalapenos on top, and a sprinkle of paprika. Serve and Enjoy!

Thai Kelp Noodle Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Kelp Noodles are my new favorite grain-free noodle alternative. They are starch free, loaded with fiber, and a low-calorie alternative to other types of pasta. This noodle is perfect for a quick and easy dinner at home. I love making this Thai version, infused with delicious veggies and my Paleo ‘peanut sauce’ alternative made with almond butter and dates. Throughout my pregnancy, this has been a go to dinner, and has met my Thai dish cravings! You can add some cooked chicken or shrimp for extra protein, and other veggies of choice for added nutritional boost! We soak the kelp noodles in baking soda to get them nice and soft, a trick I learned from my dear friend, author, and chef extraordinaire Meredith Baird. If you love kelp noodles and would like to see more recipes like this, leave a comment. I have tons of other kelp noodle dishes I would love to share in future blog posts. Enjoy!

Pad Thai \\ Sweet Laurel

Pad Thai \\ Sweet Laurel

Pad Thai \\ Sweet Laurel

Yield: 2 servings


For the sauce:

3 tablespoons coconut aminos

1/2 cup almond butter (you can also use cashew butter)

2 dates, pitted

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup water

 

For the pad thai:

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 red bell pepper, sliced into quarter inch slivers (plus extra for garnish)

1 cup thinly sliced cabbage (plus extra for garnish)

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

1/4 cup basil, thinly sliced

1 12-ounce bag of kelp noodles


 

Directions:

Place kelp noodles in water + 1 tablespoon baking soda for 20 minutes. Make sure the baking soda and water are mixed well before placing the kelp noodles in the bowl. While kelp noodles are soaking, give the noodles a couple of cuts with scissors, making them into smaller noodles, easier to eat. Prepare sauce while you wait.

Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a high-speed blender. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a saucepan. Gently saute cabbage, bell pepper, and ginger. Add sauce, then stir in rinsed kelp noodles.

Garnish with extra sliced cabbage, bell peppers, and optional chopped almonds. Top with fresh basil and serve. Enjoy!

 

Chocolate Dipped Macaroons with Vegan Eggnog \\ Sweet Laurel

Santa is getting an upgrade with these Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons paired with Vegan Egg Nog. This perfect combination of holiday favorites will satisfy all at your next holiday gathering. The eggnog is not too rich and has the perfect pop of flavor. Enjoy, and we wish you all a beautiful holiday season!

Coconut Macaroons with Vegan Eggnog \\ Sweet Laurel

Coconut Macaroons with Vegan Eggnog \\ Sweet Laurel

Coconut Macaroons with Vegan Eggnog \\ Sweet Laurel

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons


 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup almond flour

3 cups shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

3/4 cup maple syrup

4 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Using a small ice cream scooper, scoop ball – like rounds onto a cookie sheet.

Bake about 15 minutes. You can bake longer if you’d like your macaroons to be crispy. Allow to cool in pan about 10 minutes. Move to rack to cool.

Dip cooled macaroons in chocolate sauce, then let set for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!


 

To prepare chocolate sauce:


 

Ingredients:

2-3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:

Melt chocolate over low heat. Allow to cool, then add maple syrup.


 

Egg Nog

Makes about 4 cups


 

Ingredients:

2 cups almonds, soaked overnight

3 dates

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Directions:

Combine almonds in Vitamix or high-speed blender with 4 cups of water. Add all remaining ingredients. Blend on high for about 1-2 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth into a bowl. You may wish to switch the egg nog to a pitcher, then store in the fridge until serving.

Enjoy!