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New Mommy Faves \\ Sweet Laurel

I love being a mom! In honor of Mother’s Day and my first time celebrating as a mom, I’m sharing some of my most used, and favorite mom-friendly items. This week’s recipe features my Lactation Cookies, which accompanied me to the hospital when Nico was born, and have been made regularly since!

New Mommy Faves \\ Sweet Laurel

First off, Nucifera! I LOVE Nucifera, and the amazing entrepreneur who developed it. Nucifera is the ultimate pregnancy and breastfeeding safe, all in one, beauty product. I use it regularly before bed and on my face as part of my cleansing routine. By now you all know how in love I am with coconut, and this is a coconut based product, and the benefits are unending. It moisturizes, soothes, purifies, and combats various skin conditions. Nucifera can even be used as an all natural deodorant. I personally like using it under my eyes. And by the way, Nucifera is not just amazing for mothers, it is great for fathers and children alike!

New Mommy Faves \\ Sweet Laurel

Second, my Petal Soft Ballet Nursing Bra. Not only is it pretty to look at, it is oh so comfortable. I never thought nursing would change my whole outfit. For some reason, I never made the connection. Well, a good nursing outfit starts with a good bra, and this is my go-to! It is from Bravado Designs, who also makes two other nursing bras I’m digging– the Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra, also comfy, and the Clip and Pump, which gives me mobility with my hands while I pump!

New Mommy Faves \\ Sweet Laurel

Third, a good notebook. I want to cherish each day with sweet Nico, and this helps me do! I’m a very sentimental gal, so essentially, writing down thoughts, precious moments and words of gratitude have been very therapeutic for me. Nico has made me a more organized person, and this is one tool I’ve begun to use to help in that department.

New Mommy Faves \\ Sweet Laurel

Lastly, Lactation Cookies. Do you every need an excuse to eat cookies? Well, when you’re breastfeeding, you automatically have one! Lactation enriching foods have been used for centuries to help with breast milk production, and my cookies contain just a few of the many nutritious foods know to encourage milk supply nursing. I read a book entitled Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck, and learned about the foods I should focus on during pregnancy and nursing. I highly recommend this book. Per the words of Planck, two of the most popular lactation foods are oats and beer. I don’t include either of those in my cookies, as I don’t digest either well, but have included several of the other recommended foods. These cookies freeze super well, so I typically make a batch and store them in the freezer to snack on and give to people who come over. Having a baby really ups your weekly visitors!

New Mommy Faves \\ Sweet Laurel

Lactation Cookies

Yields about 30 cookies


 

Ingredients:

2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup flax seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds or shredded coconut

1/2 cup macadamia nuts or pecans

1/2 date paste or 7 dates, pitted

4 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) or grass fed butter (solid)

1 cup chocolate chips (recipe below)

Maple syrup, as needed (these cookies are not very sweet, so add if need be)


 

*For Oatmeal Raisin variation

Exchange flax and sesame seeds for 1/2 cup of oats (if you tolerate). You can also add shredded coconut for texture!

Exchange and 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins for the chocolate chips.


 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a blender, combine the flax seeds, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, dates, eggs, coconut oil and maple syrup (optional). Turn on low speed, and blend until batter is incorporated. Remove mixture from blender and place into a bowl. Stir in almond flour and chocolate chips. Spoon one tablespoon sized cookies onto cookies sheet. Gently press dough down with a piece of parchment paper.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Lift parchment off pan, and allow cookies to cool all the way.

Enjoy!


 

Homemade Chocolate Chips 


 

Ingredients:

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

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey


 

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 or raw honey 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 into small pieces and use as chocolate chips.

 

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.

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!

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!

Thanksgiving Roundup \\ Sweet Laurel

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!

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

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!

Thanksgiving Round-up \\ Sweet Laurel

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.

Brownie S’mores \\ Sweet Laurel

It is that time of year…S’more season! Lets kick of this special time of year with a healthier twist on the classic: S’more Brownies. These are delicious and a perfect for treat for the summer!

Brownie S'mores \\ Sweet Laurel

Brownie S'mores \\ Sweet Laurel

Brownie S'mores \\ Sweet Laurel

Brownie S'mores \\ Sweet Laurel

Brownie S'mores \\ Sweet Laurel

Yields about 24 brownies


 

2 cups almond, cashew or sunbutter

2 eggs

1 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup date paste or 4 dates (pitted)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350.


 

In large bowl, beat the maple syrup and dates or date paste until creamy. Blend nut butter, then slowly add eggs and vanilla extract.

Add cacao, baking soda and salt. Mix until well incorporated. Add chocolate chips, reserving some for the top.

Pour batter into 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake 320 for 30-35 minutes.


 

Homemade Chocolate Chips


 

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

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey


 

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 or raw honey 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 into small pieces and use as chocolate chips.


 

Honey Roasted Marshmallows


 

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


 

Set aside prepared brownies. You will be topping brownies with marshmallows!

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, 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° F. Turn mixer on, blending the gelatin and water mixture. Slowly begin mixing in syrup mixture and continue to beat for about 10 minutes. Beat until marshmallow peaks form.

Pour mixture onto brownies. Allow to set. You can either cut the brownies after they have set and then torch them with cooking torch, or leave brownies uncut and torch the top of the brownies. Your choice! They are both beautiful and delicious either way. Enjoy!

Chocolate Caramel Turtles \\ Sweet Laurel

After four years of marriage, my husband and I continue to indulge in this richly sweet treat. The combination of the melted chocolate, creamy caramel, and crispy pecans complement each other divinely, while it’s also a healthier vegan alternative to your favorite chocolate candy. I love that these turtles are so easy to make and they’re also completely paleo, grain-free, refined-sugar free, and dairy-free!

Turtles \\ Sweet Laurel

Turtles \\ Sweet Laurel

Turtles \\ Sweet Laurel

Turtles \\ Sweet Laurel

Yields for 10-12 Turtles


 

For the vegan caramel:


 

1/4 cup dates, pitted and packed or date paste

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp almond butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

A pinch of salt


 

Combine everything in a blender and mix until smooth. Pop in the refrigerator to chill.

We also have our very own Sweet Laurel Raw Vegan Caramel all ready to go!


 

For the turtles:


 

6 oz unsweetened cacao, melted

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup vegan caramel, cold (recipe above)

1 cup pecan halves, toasted


 

Combine the melted cacao and maple syrup, and vanilla. Set aside.

On a parchment or a silcone mat, create little mounds of pecans (3 or 4 is perfect). Top with a tablespoon or so of cold vegan caramel (it can get a bit gooey if warm). Pour melted cacao over each turtle, letting the pecans stick out a bit. Let the turtles set for at least 30 minutes, until the chocolate is fully hardened.

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!

Decadent Fudgy Brownies \\ Sweet Laurel

Fudgy, decadent, delicious…the description goes on. These grain free, refined sugar free and dairy free brownies are the real deal. I’m 100% ok with my husband eating these for breakfast most mornings, however they are a treat all hours of the day! Enjoy!

Decadent Fudgy Brownies \\ Sweet Laurel

Decadent Fudgy Brownies \\ Sweet Laurel

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Decadent Fudgy Brownies \\ Sweet Laurel

Yields about 24 brownies


 

Decadent Fudgy Brownies


 

2 cups almond, cashew or sunbutter

2 eggs

1 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup date paste or 4 dates (pitted)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips (recipe below)


 

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, beat the maple syrup and dates or date paste until creamy. Blend nut butter, then slowly add eggs and vanilla extract.

Add cacao, baking soda and salt. Mix until well incorporated. Add chocolate chips, reserving some for the top.

Pour batter into 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 320 for 30-35 minutes.


 

Homemade Chocolate Chips


 

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

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey


 

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 or raw honey 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 into small pieces and use as chocolate chips.

 

If you’d like a fun video tutorial of my girl Claire Thomas and I making these fudgy brownies, check our her YouTube channel here!

Date Walnut Brownies \\ Sweet Laurel

Date Walnut Brownies // Sweet Laurel

Our Date Walnut Brownies are oh so good!  Not only are they sweetened with nature’s candy (dates), they are Vegan, grain free and dairy free.  These minimalistic bites of chocolate bliss are so simple, and that’s why I love them.  With 7 everyday pantry items and a food processor or blender, you’re minutes away from a truly healthy indulgence!

Date Walnut Brownies // Sweet Laurel

Date Walnut Brownies // Sweet Laurel


Date Walnut Brownies


Ingredients:

1 ½ cup walnuts

10-12  dates (depending on how sweet you like it), pits removed

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons cacao

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Preheat your oven 350.

Assemble the flax egg: In a small bowl place the tablespoon of ground flaxseed.  Pour three tablespoons of water over the ground flax and allow to sit about 5 minutes.

Mix walnuts and dates in a food processor.  Once blended, add remaining ingredients.  Pulse until ingredients are mixed well.  Pour batter into a standard size loaf pan (8.5 x 4.5 inches) lined with parchment paper.  Bake about 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Once cooled cut into little squares.  Enjoy!