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Vegan Banana Split \\ Sweet Laurel

One of our favorite ice cream shops is Kippy’s in Venice. Every flavor is created on the foundation of two simple ingredients: organic, raw coconut cream and organic, raw honey. If ice cream could be good for you, this is humanity’s best chance.  The flavors are delicious, and the raw coconut cream and honey are filled with fantastic enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, basically anyone can enjoy it, it’s gluten free, vegan, and raw. The flavor of the coconut cream and honey is so simple and pure, and the perfect canvas for a classic ice cream sundae. Here’s our version, but if you find yourself in Los Angeles or Tokyo this summer, be sure to check them out!

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Vegan Banana Split \\ Sweet Laurel

Vegan Banana Split

Vegan Banana Split


 

Ingredients:

1 pint coconut cream (Lets do Organic or Nature Value brand is what I like best), at room temperature

2 to 4 tablespoons raw honey, at room temperature (depending on desired taste)

Directions:

The night before you plan to make your ice cream, place your ice cream maker in the freezer. The next day, combine the coconut cream and honey by whisking together. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill completely in the fridge.  Then run the mixture through your ice cream machine. Freeze until firm.

Note: if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can try a variety of methods to make ice cream without one. My favorite is to pour the chilled mixture into a shallow dish, place it in the freezer, and every 30 minutes to stir it with electric beaters or a whisk. It will take about 2 hours for it to get the right consistency. 


 

To build the sundae


 

Ingredients:

1 banana, split

Vegan Caramel

Chopped nuts, to taste

Coconut whipped cream

Fresh Cherries

Directions:

Place the banana on a plate, add ice cream, and top with a drizzle of caramel, nuts, and a scoop of whipped cream. Finish with a cherry on top, of course.

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.

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

I don’t know about you but sometimes, I love having a little bit of crunch and sweet bites to my salads, which is why I made my own version of the Waldorf Salad. The combination of the fruits, the candied walnuts, and the creamy vegan dressing is so delicious, it will instantly bring you to the Waldorf Astoria! We hope you enjoy this paleo version of this traditional salad.

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad \\ Sweet Laurel

Waldorf Salad

Serves 5-7


 

Ingredients:

10 cups mixed greens

1 apple, chopped into 1-inch cubes

1 cup of grapes, sliced in half

1 cup of Kite Hill Original Cheese

1/4 cup candied walnuts (recipe below)

Creamy Waldorf Dressing (recipe below)


 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in large bowl and toss with dressing.


 

To prepare candied walnuts


 

Ingredients:

2 cups walnuts

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon coconut oil

pinch of Himalayan pink salt


 

Directions:

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


 

To prepare dressing


 

Ingredients:

1/2 pine nuts

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil


 

Directions:

Soak pine nuts for 5 minutes in a bowl of water. Strain water, then pour pine nuts into a high-speed blender. Add salt, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. Blend on high for about 2 minutes. Toss with dressing

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.

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

This mouth watering, one pot wonder has the perfect combination of sweet and savory and is topped with a slight tartness from cranberries, another superfood sensation. Slowly braising the chicken leaves a delightful aroma in the kitchen and a moist and tender chicken dish all will enjoy on a lovely winter day.

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash \\ Sweet Laurel

Braised Chicken with Cranberries and Butternut Squash

Serves 4


 

3 tablespoons coconut oil

6-8 chicken thighs, chicken thighs (with bone and skin)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes

1 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

2 tablespoons chopped sage


 

In large dutch oven, heat coconut oil. Add chicken thighs and brown on each side. Once browned, remove chicken from pot and place on a plate.

Add onions to the pan and gently saute. Add apple cider vinegar to pot, followed by chicken or vegetable broth. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Return chicken thighs to the pan, and place butternut squash and cranberries over chicken. Sprinkle chopped sage on top. Cover the pot and allow to simmer over medium/low heat for thirty minutes. Remove pan from heat. Allow chicken and vegetables to cool uncovered.

Enjoy!

Easy Paleo Granola \\ Sweet Laurel

This granola is the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy, like granola should be. Throw it together in one bowl and back it off! That simple. You can adjust sweetener, adding more or less, to your liking. I used Xylitol once, and it worked perfect. Have fun!

Paleo Granola \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Granola \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Granola \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo Granola \\ Sweet Laurel

Easy Paleo Granola

Yields about 2-3 cups granola


 

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 pecans

1 cup almonds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 pistachio or almond flour

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup


 

Preheat oven to 375. Stir all ingredients until well mixed. Place on baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, or until desired crunch is reached. Allow to cool. Scrap off pan with spatula. Store in air tight jar.

Enjoy!

Ice Cream Workshop \\ Sweet Laurel X Kippy’s Ice Cream

Join us on August 27th from 2-4 PM for an ICE CREAM WORKSHOP with Kippy’s Ice Cream and Sweet Laurel! Sweet Laurel will demo grain free waffle cones and toppings and our friends at Kippy’s will chat all about vegan ice cream making!!

Click here to find out more about the event!

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Ice Cream Workshop

Hope to see you there!

 

Also, you can check out the recipe for these grain-free and gluten-free waffle cones from our previous blog post here!

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!