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Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

 

I love this little tea cake so much! We don’t post many cakes using coconut flour on the blog, it’s usually always almond flour. Here is a beloved coconut flour recipe! It’s like a classic pound cake, but with less heft, and the orange and dark chocolate compliment each other perfectly.  Plus, the giant chunks of chocolate add such a rustic and dramatic look to the whole thing. So pretty!

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate Tea Cake (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Yields 3 mini loaves (or 8″x 8″ pans)


 

Ingredients:

3/4  cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

6 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice (about two oranges squeezed)

Zest of one orange

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup homemade chocolate chips (recipe below)


 

 Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Line three mini loaf pans or one standard loaf pan with parchment. You can also use an 8 x8 pan.

Stir together the coconut flour, baking soda, and Himalayan pink salt. Beat the eggs, adding in the dry ingredients followed by the wet ingredients and vanilla extract and zest.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


 

Homemade Chocolate Chips


 

Ingredients:

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

1 tablespoon maple syrup (or more depending on how dark you like it)

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 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 off pieces and use as needed.

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.

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!

 

 

Creamsicles \\ Sweet Laurel

Creamsicles remind me of summer days at my grandmother’s house. When I was a little girl, visits to my Nona’s (Grandmother in Greek) included creamsicles, and every summer, I get the craving at least once for the zesty, yet sweet, treat. One day I was determined to make a Paleo and Vegan variation, and hence this recipe was born. I love it because there is no additional sweetener added other than the sweet potato and orange. Hope you enjoy these popsicles as much as I do!

Paleo Creamsicle or Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free Creamsicles \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Creamsicle or Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free Creamsicles \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Creamsicle or Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free Creamsicles \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Creamsicle or Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free Creamsicles \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Creamsicle or Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free Creamsicles 

Yields for 6 popsicles


 

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup cooked sweet potato

1 orange, zested

Juice from 2 oranges

pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


 

Combine all ingredients in blender and turn on low. Work up to high speed and blend until mixture is fully incorporated. Distribute mixture into molds and freeze at least 5 hours. Enjoy!

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!

Orange Chocolate \\ Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolates // Sweet Laurel

Orange chocolate candy often overcomplicates a naturally sweet treat that you can make yourself with very little effort. Instead of making candies with synthetic flavorings you can simply dehydrate real oranges, which friends find refreshingly neat for parties and gifts. If you do not have a dehydrator an oven set to low temp works just as well. Just make sure not to forget about them since they do take a bit!

Orange Chocolates // Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolates // Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate // Sweet Laurel

Orange Chocolate

2 oranges, sliced thinly
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (100% cacao), (organic is preferable)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or more depending on how dark you like it)

To dehydrate the orange slices without a dehydrator, pre heat oven to 225°F. Place orange slices directly onto a wire rack and leave to dry out in the oven for around 2-3 hours. Timing will depend on your oven and thickness of the slices.

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 and stir. Dip the dried oranges halfway into the melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper to cool.

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.