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Our Classic Vanilla Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

I love sharing cake recipes with you because cake is my thing! At Sweet Laurel, we like to keep it simple, and not to mention, deliciously gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy free!

I shared this recipe with our friends at The Chalkboard Mag last month and had to share with you as well. I opened up to the gals over there about my healing journey, and what brought me to start Sweet Laurel. Enjoy the read and our delicious yet simple Classic Vanilla Cake! xo, Laurel

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Two years after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s), I decided to do something about it. When I was diagnosed in 2012, my doctor immediately put me on synthetic thyroid hormones to stand in for the hormones my body was not creating. Every morning I popped my pill and went on with my day-to-day activities, all while ignoring my body’s screams for help.

Two years later, I was suffering from extreme IBS, a myriad of digestive issues and secondary amenorrhea. I came face to face with the reality that I could not put my health off another year; I needed to take action. I met up with a family friend who practices functional medicine and she introduced me to the concept of healing through food.

She suggested I remove inflammatory foods from my body/diet: grains, dairy, refined sugar, soy, and legumes. Hashimoto’s disease has a long-standing negative relationship with gluten, which mimics the thyroid hormone in some cases. Removing gluten as well as other inflammatory foods was the first step in taming my thyroid, as well as healing my gut.

I removed foods causing inflammation, as well as processed foods and educated myself in a whole-food approach to eating. I started by eating whole vegetables, fruit, and organic and pasture-raised protein. I quickly learned if I wanted certain foods, like crackers or cookies, I had to make them myself. This was when Sweet Laurel became more than just a thought. I started to work with foods I could eat, like almond flour and coconut oil, as opposed to flour and butter. I fell in love with Himalayan pink salt for balance of flavor in my cooking and baking, and instead of table sugar, I sweetened my baked goods with maple syrup. In most recipes, I used organic and pastured eggs or found they weren’t needed at all! I kept it simple. I discovered the beautiful reality that a whole-food approach to eating doesn’t have to be complicated. In 2015, using these five core ingredients, I launched Sweet Laurel with the goal of sharing this approach to eating with as many people as possible. Here is a simple yet beautiful recipe I love to share with friends on late summer nights. The elegant topping of whipped cream and berries is a classic.

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Recipe Note: Make sure to let the coconut milk set in the refrigerator at least 8 hours, or overnight, before making the coconut whipped cream topping. I always keep multiple cans of coconut milk in the back of my fridge so I can whip up this quick and delicious dessert!

VANILLA CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM AND BERRIES

Yields one 8-inch round cake

INGREDIENTS:

For the vanilla cake:
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 eggs *
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
organic seasonal berries, for topping

* Vegan option – egg replacement:
1 Tbsp freshly ground chia seeds
1 Tbsp freshly ground flax seeds
4 Tbsp water

For the coconut whipped cream:
1 13.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk (I like Let’s Do Organic brand)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

For the vanilla cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare your 8-inch pan by cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Place the circular parchment round inside the cake pan, then grease the sides of the pan with melted coconut oil.

Place eggs*, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until well incorporated. Add almond flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until batter is formed, then pour into prepared pan.

Bake about 25 minutes (or 35 minutes, if using egg replacement), until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, then flip cake out of pan onto a cake plate.

For the egg replacement:

Place the freshly ground chia and flax seeds in a bowl, then add water. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes, then add to the batter. This cake will need to bake for 10 additional minutes.

For the coconut whipped cream:

Place can of coconut milk in refrigerator the night before you make your cake.

Before you plan to serve your cake, open the can of refrigerated coconut milk. The fat will have risen to the top of the can, with the liquid at the bottom; scoop out only the solids to your mixing bowl, then add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk together, then refrigerate whipped cream to keep it firm until you are ready to top your cake.

To frost your cake, place cooled cake on serving plate and top with prepared coconut whipped cream, followed by organic seasonal berries.

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Peach Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

I created this summertime tart to highlight the star of the season: peaches! A simple dessert to prepare, and a beautiful one at that. This tart tastes great with vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream. Enjoy!!

Peach Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Peach Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Peach Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Peach Tart

Yields one 8-9 inch tart


 

To make the crust:


 

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour + 2 tablespoons

1/2 tsp pink salt

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg

Directions:

Place flour and salt in food processor. Pulse briefly. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball.

Press into 8-9 inch tart pan. TIP: To ensure your tart comes out of the pan easily, you may want to line your tart pan with parchment paper before pressing dough into tart pan.


 

To prepare filling:


 

Ingredients:

5-6 peaches

Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350.

Directions:

Prepare a large pot of boiling water. When the water has hit a rolling boil, drop 4-5 peaches in the water. Blanch for about 3 minutes. Carefully remove the peaches and allow to cool.

After about 5 minutes, remove peach skins. Slice peaches into small 1-2 quarters. Arrange peaches in tart pan in circular formation. Pour lemon juice over the peaches.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30-40 minutes, until peaches are soft and they begin to slightly brown. Switch oven to broil, and carefully broil tart for 3-4 minutes. Remove tart from oven and allow to cool. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! It is a time to sit back in gratitude and remember all of life’s blessings. It is also a time to share delicious food with the people you love! This is why I have so many Thanksgiving recipes to share! This is a compilation of Sweet Laurel recipes, for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Some are from past Sweet Laurel blog posts, and others are brand new! If you make our recipes this year, please take a pic and tag us on Instagram or Facebook @SweetLaurelBakery or #SweetLaurelBakery or comment below. We love seeing our recipes in action! Many blessings and have a happy Thanksgiving! xo, Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Here are some Thanksgiving faves from Sweet Laurel blog posts gone by! Enjoy 😉

Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread

Turmeric Bread Stuffing

Turmeric Bread

Butternut Squash and Chard Tart with Zucchini Lattice

Pecan Pie

Pear Tart

Shepherd’s Pie

Mulling Spices with Cider

Shira’s Green Beans

Below are some new recipes to the Sweet Laurel blog that I am super excited about. Enjoy!


 

Paleo Pumpkin Pie


 

Last winter, Sweet Laurel had the honor of being featured in Darling Issue 14! We were so excited about this opportunity and shared 3 favorite holiday recipes. The article included my favorite version of Paleo Pumpkin Pie! Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Ingredients: 

Crust

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg

Filling

1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree

3 eggs

½ cup coconut milk or almond milk

1/3 cup 100% maple syrup

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of ground nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt


 

To prepare pie crust:

Preheat oven to 350. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl, then slowly stir in coconut oil and egg. Stir to combine. If more moisture is needed, add a bit more oil. Press into the bottom of a pie or tart pan.

To prepare filling:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, blend the pumpkin puree and eggs. Slowly add in coconut or almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.

Pour into prepared pie crust. Shield the edges of the pie crust with strips of foil. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil strips and continue to bake until the center of the pie is firm, about 15-20 more minutes.

Allow to cool, then place in refrigerator to set overnight, or enjoy warm! Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream.

For a vegan pumpkin pie recipe, make sure to check out my friend Shira’s blog here!

 


 

Sweet Laurel Apple Pie with Lattice


 

Catherine McCord of Weelicious and I made an apple pie together, check out the video on her site, and the photos below! This apple pie is scrumptious and can be made with a lattice topping or crumb topping. enjoy!

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

Crust

3 cups almond flour

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

Apple Pie Filling

5-6 cups apples, peeled, sliced and cubed (about one-inch pieces)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (this is a corn starch alternative)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


 

To prepare crust:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until soft dough forms. Take a little over half the dough, and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper. Place rolled out dough into pie pan and gently press dough into sides. Set aside for filling.

Take the second portion of dough and roll out between two pieces of parchment. Refrigerate while you prepare filling. This will be used for lattice top.

To prepare filling:

Prepare apples by cutting them into cubes. Heat coconut oil in large pot. Gently saute the apples for about 5 minutes in maple syrup and cinnamon. Off heat, add vanilla extract and arrowroot powder. Stir and cool.

Spoon cooled apple mixture into prepared pie crust. Remove second half of dough from the refrigerator and slice into thin strips. Carefully place 3 strips horizontally across pie. Take 4 more strips and place over horizontal strips vertically, making a lattice. You can also crumble the reserved dough and make a crumb topping!

Bake pie for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool, and enjoy hot or cold!

 


 

Whipped Yams with Honey Marshmallow Topping


 

Last Friendsgiving, we teamed up with Bash Please and Design Love Fest for an epic celebration. I whipped yams with honey marshmallow topping for the feast, and it was so enjoyed! I hope you enjoy this decadent side dish as much as I do! PS, this marshmallow topping is SO much better than store-bought mallows. 😉

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

5 -7 sweet potatoes or yams

1 cup coconut or almond milk

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (you can also use ghee)

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Marshmallow Topping

1 cup water (divided)

3 tablespoons grass fed beef gelatin powder (for vegan, use soy-based gelatin)

1 cup honey (because it’s being cooked, it doesn’t have to be raw)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt


 

To make the whipped sweet potatoes:

Preheat oven to 400.

Clean sweet potatoes and place in the oven to roast about 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Cut cooled sweet potatoes in half, and scoop our cooked potato from skin into a bowl or Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Add remaining ingredients and mash briefly with potato masher. Once mixture is blended, whip sweet potatoes with whip mixer attachment or a hand blender\mixer. Place mixture in a 8 x 13 casserole dish and set aside while you prepare marshmallow topping. (Note: This is something you will want to do 1-2 hours before serving, as you will not be able to reheat sweet potatoes once the marshmallow topping is on top of the sweet potato mixture).

To make the marshmallow topping:

Pour 1/2 cup of water into a Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the top of the water. Allow to sit.

In a saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 cup water, raw honey, and vanilla. Turn on stove to medium heat, and bring the mixture to a simmer until it reaches the soft ball stage at 240 degrees. Turn mixer on, blending the gelatin and water mixture. Slowly begin mixing in syrup mixture and 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt, and continue to beat for about 10 minutes. Beat until marshmallow peaks form.

Pour mixture over whipped yams and allow to set for about 1 hour. Toast the tops of the marshmallow topping with butane torch or carefully with a match. Enjoy!

 


 

Leftovers Pot Pie (AKA The Best Turkey Pot Pie)


 

Does anyone love Thanksgiving leftovers as much as I do? I’m super into them, and created this Turkey Pot Pie just for you! I served this up at Jenni Kayne’s Thanksgiving luncheon and everyone loved it! Happy leftover eating!

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Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

Crust

2 cups hazelnut flour (or almond flour)

1 tablespoon chia, freshly ground + 3 tablespoons of water

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons ghee (melted), coconut oil (melted) or avocado oil

Filling

1 pound ground turkey, fully cooked OR 1 pound of cooked turkey (white or dark meat) cut into 2-inch pieces

2 tablespoons coconut oil, avocado oil or ghee

4 carrots, chopped

2 shallots, chopped

1 white sweet potato, peeled, and cut into 2-inch chunks

1 cup frozen peas

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon Italian spice mixture (basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, thyme )

salt and pepper to taste


 

To assemble crust:

In a small bowl, pour in ground chia seed with the three tablespoons of water. Let sit about 5 minutes until mixture begins to congeal.

Place hazelnut flour in large bowl. Add chia mixture, salt and oil. Stir until dough forms.

Place dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll our dough, matching the shape of the casserole dish you will bake your pot pie in. Place rolled out (with parchment still attached) on a cutting board and set in refrigerator until you top your pie.

To assemble filling:

Preheat oven to 350.

Place coconut oil, ghee or avocado oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped carrots and shallots. Gently cook about 5-10 minutes. Add apple cider vinegar, and allow to cook about 1 minute longer. Add sweet potatoes, then 3 cups of water. Cover the saucepan and allow veggies to cook for about 15 minutes.

Carefully remove lid and turn off heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove sweet potatoes from veggie mixture. Place into food processor or blender. Allow to cool a few minutes.

Add coconut milk to blender and turn on high. Mixture will resemble gravy. Pour the gravy mixture back into the saucepan and add Italian spice mixture. Add frozen peas and stir. Add cooked turkey and continue to stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour mixture into a large casserole dish, about 9×13 or smaller. You can use a large pie pan too. Gently remove parchment from dough and place rolled out crust over mixture. Press the dough into the edges. Cut an “X” in center of casserole.

Place the pot pie in oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

 


 

Simple Thanksgiving Salad


 

The colors of a fall salad are the best! This salad, complete with roasted sweet potatoes, pomegranate and pecans are a yummy seasonal blend. Even more enjoyable is who easy it is to prepare!

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Ingredients:

2 cups sweet potato, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt, divided

8 cups mixed greens

2 cups arugula

1 pomegranate, seeds removed

1-2 cloves of garlic

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup olive oil


 

To make simple thanksgiving salad:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, mix coconut oil with chopped sweet potato and salt. Pour coated sweet potatoes onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast sweet potatoes for about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

In a large bowl, toss mixed greens, arugula, sweet potatoes and pomegranate seeds. Set aside while you prepare dressing.

To make the dressing, combine garlic, lemon, olive oil, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender. Toss dressing with salad and serve. Enjoy!

 


 

Pumpkin Spice Latte (coffee optional)


 

Last but not least, this seasonal and festive beverage will get you into the holiday spirit in no time! It is one of my favorite ways to ring in the fall and winter months, especially accompanied by a cozy fireplace, a pair of comfy socks and the person you love. Cheers!

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Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

Serves 4

Ingredients

Pumpkin spice latte

6 cups almond or coconut milk

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

3 dates

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups freshly brewed coffee (optional)

Coconut cream

1 can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


 

To make the PSL:

Place coconut or almond milk in a blender, along with remaining ingredients. Blend on high, about 2 minutes

Heat mixture over the stove until desired temperature is reached

Pour into 4 mugs and top with coconut whipped cream. Recipe below.

To make the coconut whipped cream

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open cans of coconut cream and spoon solid cream into Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. You can also use a bowl and hand mixer. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.

Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Pecans and Coconut Whipped Cream \\ Sweet Laurel

My latest obsession: waffles. Last Spring, we brought you our delicious Strawberry Shortcake Waffles, and this Fall, we introduce our Pumpkin Waffles! These waffles are flavor filled and topped with our candied pecans and coconut whipped cream, a decadent breakfast treat.

Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Pecans and Coconut Whipped Cream \\ Sweet Laurel

Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Pecans and Coconut Whipped Cream \\ Sweet Laurel

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Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Pecans and Coconut Whipped Cream \\ Sweet Laurel

Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Pecans and Coconut Whipped Cream \\ Sweet Laurel

Pumpkin Waffles with Candied Pecans and Coconut Whipped Cream

Makes about 6 waffles


 

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup cassava flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of Himalayan pink salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

coconut oil (for greasing waffle iron)


 

Prepare waffle iron by smoothing coconut oil over grid surface. Heat waffle iron.

Mix almond flour, cassava flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Using a whisk, mix batter well.

Using an ice cream scooper, for less messy batter transfer, scoop about 2 -3 tablespoons of batter onto hot iron. Close waffle iron. Heat to desired texture. My husband like crispy waffles, so I keep my waffle iron on a level 5. For softer waffles, heat to 3 or 4.


 

To make the coconut whipped cream


 

1 can coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open cans of coconut cream and spoon solid cream into Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. You can also use a bowl and hand mixer. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.


 

To make the candied pecans


 

2 cups pecans

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon coconut oil

pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently. Pour contents into pan and bake about 10 minutes. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Using a spatula, gently scrape nuts from pan, and place in an airtight jar. Walnuts will keep for 2-3 days. Enjoy!


 

Top waffles with candied pecans, coconut whipped cream, and of course, maple syrup! Enjoy!

Summer Berry Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Few things are more refreshing than a berry tart on a summer day. And what’s even better, this tart is gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar free! Even though summer is coming to an end, you may still enjoy this delicious and easy recipe. xoxo, Sweet Laurel.

Summer Berry Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Summer Berry Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Summer Berry Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Summer Berry Tart \\ Sweet Laurel

Summer Berry Tart

Yields one 8-9 inch tart


 

To make the tart crust:


 

2 cups almond flour + 2 tablespoons

1/2 tsp pink salt

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg


 

Preheat oven 350

Place flour and salt in food processor. Pulse briefly.

Add coconut oil, maple syrup and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball.

Press into lightly greased (you can use coconut oil) 8-9 inch tart pan.

Bake crust about 10 minutes. Remove from oven. While crust cools prepare coconut whipped cream.


 

To make the coconut whipped cream:


 

2 cans coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (I use Natural Value)

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


 

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open cans of coconut cream and spoon solid cream into Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream is peaks form.  Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Refrigerate until use.


 

To decorate tart:


 

Fill cooled tart crust with coconut cream. Decorate with 2 pints of organic strawberries or berry of choice. Enjoy!

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberries + Cheesecake, the ultimate pairing! I know this decadent dessert may sound intimidating, but it is actually quite simple to make if you have a Vitamix or high speed blender. Enjoy!

Recipe Note: This cheesecake will need to chill in the fridge for 8 hours or more after preparing.

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

 

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping \\ Sweet Laurel

Yields 1 Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake 


 

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Coconut Cream Topping


 

To Prepare Crust:


 

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup waltnuts

8 dates (pitted) or 1/2 cup date paste

1/4 cup 100% maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare a spring form pan by lining with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil. Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix until a course dough is formed. Press into pan and bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool while you prepare filling.


 

To Prepare Filling:


 

2 cups macadamia nuts (soaked 2 hours)

2 cups cashew (soaked 2 hours)

2/3 cup raw honey or 100% maple syrup

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Process all ingredients in Vitamix or high speed blender until smooth. Pour into crust and prepare strawberry jam.


 

To Prepare Strawberry Jam:


 

2 cups strawberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Place all ingredients in saucepan over low heat. Allow to simmer, then slowly press down strawberries with fork or smasher until jam is formed. Allow to cool

When jam is cool, swirl into cheesecake mixture.


 

To Prepare Coconut Whipped Cream:


 

1 can coconut milk (full fat is necessary, I used Nature Value)

1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup or raw honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Set the can in the fridge overnight so that the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Open the can and carefully pour out the thick coconut cream. With an electric whisk, beat the cream, maple syrup or raw honey, and vanilla extract on high until peaks form, which should be about 2-3 minutes. If not serving immediately, place the bowl of whipped coconut cream in the fridge for 15-20 minutes and then beat it again right before serving it.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles \\ Sweet Laurel

Breakfast in bed will be a delight with these Strawberry Shortcake Waffles! The waffle batter, whipped cream and strawberries can be made the night before, so your morning can be smooth as can be! Enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles \\ Sweet Laurel

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles \\ Sweet Laurel

Yields for 6 Strawberry Shortcake Waffles


 

To Prepare Waffle Batter:


 

1/3 cup coconut milk

3 tablespoons coconut oil (extra for greasing waffle iron)

1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

2 cups coconut whipped cream (recipe below)

2 cups strawberries (chopped)


 

Heat and grease waffle iron with coconut oil.

Mix all ingredients except eggs in food processor or blender on high. Switch food processor or blender to low and slowly add eggs. (This mixture can be made the night before and sit in the refrigerator until use).

Pour into waffle iron and make according to waffle iron instructions.


 

To Make the Coconut Cream:


 

2 cups coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (I use Natural Value)

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract


 

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until cream is peaks form.  Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Refrigerate until use.

Top waffles with coconut cream and chopped strawberries!

Blueberry Cream Pie \\ Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Cream Pie // Sweet Laurel

This is summer pie at its finest.  With a tender almond crust and a not too sweet blueberry filling, it is complete with unbelievably fresh and simple coconut whipped cream topping.  The crust recipe is pre-baked, and can be made ahead of time.  The filling is prepared stove top, making it a perfect quick and easy dessert for an end of summer delight!  Enjoy!

Blueberry Cream Pie // Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Cream Pie // Sweet Laurel

Blueberry Cream Pie // Sweet Laurel


Blueberry Cream Pie


Crust recipe:

2 1/2 cups almond flour

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To assemble Crust:

Set oven to 350°F

Blend almond flour and salt in a bowl. Add coconut oil and maple syrup, stirring until dough is formed. Using parchment paper to prevent sticking, gently press dough into the bottom and sides of a pie plate. Place parchment paper over crust and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 15 minutes.

Blueberry Filling

3 cups blueberries

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 teaspoons arrowroot powder

For blueberry filling:

Rinse berries and place in a saucepan. Turn on heat to low, and add lemon juice and maple syrup. Begin to stir. After 4-5 minutes when blueberries begin to soften, slowly add arrowroot powder. Stir until sauce like texture begins to form. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Whipped Cream topping:

2 cups coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (I use Natural Value)

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

After the coconut cream has set in the fridge overnight, the coconut fat solids separate from the coconut water. Beat the solid coconut cream on high speed until peaks form. Slowly stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.   Refrigerate until use.

To assemble pie:

When crust and filling have completely cooled, add filling to cooled crust. Top with coconut whipped cream and enjoy!