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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.

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

I’m a Greek girl, so I just had to figure out a way to enjoy Spanakopita sans gluten and dairy! I made this with the beautiful Shiva Rose last winter. It has quickly turned into my favorite savory pie and is delicious year round. Enjoy my friends!

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

 

Spanakopita Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Shiva Rose

Yields one 8X8 pan or 9-inch Tart pan


 

Crust


 

Ingredients:

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg


 

Directions:

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 of egg. Press into the bottom of a pie or tart pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool.


 

Filling


 

Ingredients:

2 pounds of spinach

1 cup chopped leek or shallot

1/2 cup feta (I use 100% sheep’s milk feta as I am not sensitive to sheep’s milk. For a vegan cheese option, use Kite Hill!)

1/2 cup chopped dill

1/2 cup chopped mint

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 eggs


 

Directions:

Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add leek or shallot and saute. After about three minutes, add the spinach and cook. When spinach is fully cooked, stir in feta, dill, mint and cayenne pepper. Allow it to cool. Stir eggs and add spinach mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into pre-baked crust. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

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!

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

To prep for Thanksgiving this year, I teamed up with the hostess with the most-ess, Molly Sims, to bring you one of my favorite savory recipes: Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart. This tart is so delicious and versatile, and can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner! I love popping in other flavors here too! I have made a version of tart with spinach, leek, dill, mint and feta for a spanakopita flavor, also delicious. Try this fall favorite of mine, and check out the video on Molly’s channel for step by step process! Enjoy!

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

 

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart \\ Sweet Laurel x Molly Sims

Swiss Chard and Butternut Squash Tart with Zucchini Lattice 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo


 

Filling:

2 cups butternut squash, chopped into one-inch cubes

1 tablespoon coconut oil, avocado oil or ghee

2 cups of swiss chard, chopped

2 shallot

3 eggs

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves

2 teaspoons chopped chives

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 – 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 zucchini

1 prepared crust recipe (recipe below)


 

Steam butternut squash for about 20 minutes until cubes are tender. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chard and cook for 4 minutes. Set aside.

Peel 8 – 10 ribbons from the zucchini, set aside.  Chop shallot in quarters, then separate each layer.

In a bowl, crack the eggs and beat until egg whites and yolks are blended. Add herbs and spices, followed by shallot. Add chard and stir. Season with pink salt.

Pour into crust. Place cubes of butternut squash into veggie and egg mixture throughout tart.

To make lattice topping, peel 8 – 10 ribbons from the zucchini, set aside. Place four strips of zucchini across tart. Take another ribbon and slowly weave zucchini under and over the four strips. Repeat with remaining zucchini.

Bake for 30 minutes, then broil for 3 minutes for added crisp if desired.


 

Crust:

2 cups almond or hazelnut flour

2 tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil

½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

1 egg


 

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix together all ingredients and press into tart pan with parchment paper. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool, then fill with tart ingredients.

Enjoy!

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!