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Pumpkin Nut Milk \\ Sweet Laurel

Did someone say dairy-free and delicious? Our Sweet Laurel pumpkin nut milk is the best way to usher in the holidays, and the closest thing to a healthy, vegan egg nog we’ve ever tasted. It’s no surprise that most menus this time of year are filled with less than healthy ingredients. Luckily, we’ve nailed down a recipe that will satisfy your seasonal beverage cravings with a little bit of that pumpkin spice we all know and love. Thick, creamy and delightful in a festive way, look forward to love at first sip when you dive into this homemade pumpkin nut milk. Keep scrolling to see just how simple this recipe is to recreate in your own kitchen…

Make sure to check out 12 other flavors we made with almond milk!

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Pumpkin Nut Milk

Dairy Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo

Yields 6 cups of milk


Ingredients:

2 cups almonds, cashews or pecans*

6 cups filtered water, divided

4 dates, pitted

1/2 cup cooked and pureed pumpkin, butternut squash, or sweet potato

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Pinch salt


Directions:

Place nuts in a large bowl and soak in 4 cups of filtered water. For almonds and pecans, soak for 6-7 hours. For cashews, soak for at least two hours. After soaking time is up, empty soaking liquid from the bowl.

Place nuts in a large bowl and soak in 4 cups of filtered water. For almonds and pecans, soak for 6-7 hours. For cashews, soak for at least two hours. After soaking time is up, empty soaking liquid from the bowl.

Place soaked nuts in a high powered blender with remaining 4 cups of water, dates, pumpkin, squash or sweet potato, vanilla extract, and spices. Blend on high speed for 2-3 three minutes, until mixture is thoroughly puréed.

Set a bowl on the counter, then using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth, strain puréed mixture into a bowl. Using both hands, squeeze the excess liquid from the nut milk bag or cheese cloth into the bowl.

Cover milk or place in an air-tight container and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

* if you are allergic to nuts, sub hemp seeds. No soaking is required, just place 2 cups of hemp seeds in 6 cups of water, and continue on with the recipe.

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.

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.

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused water is a favorite of mine. It elevates any dinner party experience. I love playing with fun flavors when I entertain. Here are a few fun flavors to play with. Enjoy!

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

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Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Water \\ Sweet Laurel

Infused Water 3 Ways


 

Grapefruit Rose


 

3 -5 cups filtered water

1 organic grapefruit

1 organic rose

Wash grapefruit and thinly slice. Place in base of water vessel. Add water. Break peddles off rose and add to vessel. Allow flavors to sit for about 10 minutes, then serve!

 


 

Orange Rosemary


 

3 -5 cups filtered water

1 organic orange

4-5 sprigs organic rosemary

Wash orange and thinly slice. Place in base of water vessel. Break off sprigs of rosemary and add to vessel. Allow flavors to sit for about 10 minutes, then serve!

 


 

Lemon Cucumber Mint


 

3 -5 cups filtered water

1/2 cup organic cucumber

1/2 cup organic mint

1 organic lemon

Wash cucumber and lemon. Thinly slice and place in water vessel. Add water. Break off mint leaves and add to water. Allow flavors to sit for about 10 minutes, then serve!

 

 

Other Nut Mylks \\ Sweet Laurel

Almond mylk this, almond mylk that. Almond mylk seems to be getting all of the nut mylk love lately and I’m sick of it! Well, not really – I LOVE almond mylk – but it does seem like it’s Dianna Ross to the Supremes of nut mylks, soaking up quite a bit of that spotlight. Other nuts can make delicious nut mylk too, and it’s the easiest way to play around with flavors. Imagine hazelnut mylk in your coffee, or making a rum milk punch with pecan mylk instead. These are some of my favorite combinations below, but have fun with it!

Other Nut Mylk by Sweet Laurel

Other Nut Mylk by Sweet Laurel

Other Nut Mylk by Sweet Laurel

Other Nut Mylk by Sweet Laurel

Other Nut Mylk by Sweet Laurel

Other Nut Mylk by Sweet LaurelNut Mylk, 4 ways


 

Cashew Citrus


1 cup raw cashews, preferably organic

2 cups cold water, plus more for soaking

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

1 pinch of sea salt


 

Cinnamon Pecan


1 cup raw pecans, preferably organic

2 cups cold water, plus more for soaking

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pinch of sea salt


 

Coffee Hazelnut


1 cup raw hazelnuts, preferably organic

2 cups cold water, plus more for soaking

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon coffee beans

1 pinch of sea salt


 

Pistachio Rose


1 cup raw pistachios, preferably organic

2 cups cold water, plus more for soaking

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon rosewater

1 pinch of sea salt


 

For all mylks:

Place the nuts in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. They will plump as they absorb water. Let stand, uncovered, overnight or up to 2 days. The longer the nuts soak, the creamier the almond milk.

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

Combine the ingredients in a blender. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes until the nuts are a very fine meal and the liquid is opaque.

Line the strainer with cheese cloth or nut bag, and place over a bowl. Pour the almond mixture into the strainer.  Press all the nut milk from the nut 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 nut milk as possible. If you want a thicker almond milk, you can add some of the almond meal back into the liquid.

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

Good Morning Smoothie \\ Guest Post by the Kitchy Kitchen

Good Morning Smoothie/ Guest Post by the Kitchy Kitchen

Today’s recipe is from Sweet Laurel’s own Claire Thomas and her blog The Kitchy Kitchen. Enjoy! xoxo Laurel

What better way to greet the morning after new years than with this revitalizing breakfast smoothie?  Make your first morning of 2016 an affirmation of health with sweet mango and spicy turmeric.  This smoothie blends vitamins, acids, beta carotene, and anti-oxidants, which makes it the perfect pick me up after the holidays. We hope everyone has a beautiful and safe New Years! Let us know what recipes you choose to start the year off right!

Good Morning Smoothie/ Guest Post by the Kitchy Kitchen

Good Morning Smoothie/ Guest Post by the Kitchy Kitchen

For 2 12-ounce smoothies

2 cups almond or coconut milk
2 frozen bananas, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup mango, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped

For an extra cold smoothie, pour a cup of the almond coconut milk into an ice cube tray to make ice cubes.  This way, your smoothie will be ice cold, without watering it down.  Just add the ice cubes and a cup of almond coconut milk instead of 2 cups of almond coconut milk when you blend everything together.

Pop the ingredients in a blender, and go from mix to liquify in steps.  Let it blend on liquify (or the highest setting) for 30 seconds.  The trick to this smoothie is REALLY blending it.  Taste and add more almond/coconut milk if you like a thinner consistency.

 

Mulled Cider \\ Sweet Laurel

Mulled Cider // Sweet Laurel

With Halloween all wrapped up and LA shifting to our version of chilly, holiday feelings are finally here. Mulled Cider is the perfect way to kick off the season. It makes your home smell divine and nothing can beat this spicy, sweet drink in its ability to ignite in your mind fond memories from holidays past.

Mulled Cider // Sweet Laurel

Mulled Cider // Sweet Laurel

Mulled Cider // Sweet Laurel


Mulled Cider


1 quart 100% apple juice
1 dried orange rind
3 cinnamon sticks
Peel from one apple
5 cloves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger

Place apple juice in large pot along with remaining items in a cheesecloth and place in apple juice. Bring to gentle simmer. Remove the cheese cloth and pour into cups.

Vanilla Coconut Milk // Sweet Laurel

Vanilla Coconut Milk // Sweet Laurel

Four ingredients and the most delicious non-dairy milk you can make at home! The dates add a hint of sweetness, the vanilla a lovely round flavor, and the salt cuts through everything. This coconut milk is delicious on it own or in coffee!  So much has been said for the nutritional benefits of coconut meat and milk, but honestly, I just love how delicious it is. Enjoy!

Vanilla Coconut Milk // Sweet Laurel

Vanilla Coconut Milk // Sweet Laurel

Vanilla Coconut Milk // Sweet Laurel

Vanilla Coconut Milk // Sweet Laurel


Vanilla Coconut Milk


For 3 cups of Coconut Milk

1 coconut, meat extracted and water reserved (about 1 cup of coconut water and 1 cup coconut meat)

1 vanilla bean, seeds extracted

4-5 dates

pinch of sea salt (or kosher salt)


 To extract the coconut meat, use a coconut meat removal knife or if the coconut is quite young, a spoon, to scoop the meat from the inside of the coconut hull. This is best done when the coconut is room temp or a little warmer. You can also purchase fresh coconut meat and supplement with coconut water.

Soak coconut meat in 8 cups of plain water in refrigerator for at least 5 hours (overnight is fine too).  Drain off water and place coconut in blender.  Add coconut water, dates, vanilla seeds and salt.  Blend on high speed for about 2 minutes until very well blended.  Pour mixture through a doubled cheesecloth or nut milk bag and squeeze milk into a bowl.  Pour into a lidded container and keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.