Tag: vanilla extract

Grain Free Overnight Oats \\ Sweet Laurel

This is a spin off the ever popular ‘overnight oat’ breakfast scenario, minus the oats! I feel best eating 100% grain free, and all our recipes and baked goods at Sweet Laurel are grain free in entirety. This recipe uses shredded coconut and chia, making a delicious and nutritious breakfast, even Nico loves it!

Overnight Oats \\ Sweet Laurel

Overnight Oats \\ Sweet Laurel

Overnight Oats \\ Sweet Laurel

Overnight Oats \\ Sweet Laurel

Paleo/Grain-Free Overnight Oats 


 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chia seeds

3/4 cup hemp hearts

1 cup shredded coconut

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon Sweet Laurel Vanilla Extract

1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice)

1 cup organic coconut milk

1 cup hot water (at least 200 degrees)


 

Directions:

Mix chia seeds, hemp hearts and shredded coconut in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle in cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract and sweetener of choice. Add hot water and stir. Add coconut milk and allow to sit in fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Sprinkle with gogi berries, mulberries, shredded coconut flakes, bee pollen or even extra hemp hearts! Serve with superfood toppings and enjoy.

Almond Butter Cups \\ Sweet Laurel x WeekNight Bite

This week, Lindsay from WeekNight Bite is sharing a delicious recipe that is just a little bite of heaven. As a fellow California native, Lindsay is all about rich and nutritious foods with simple ingredients and easy recipes that everyone can follow. Her recipes are healthy and nutritious, as she puts a lot of thought into the ingredients that she uses while expressing her authenticity through fun experiments in the kitchen.

With Halloween just around the corner, this recipe is perfect for Fall festivities or a nice indulgent treat that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! Lindsay’s Almond Butter Cups are rich in antioxidants and wholesome ingredients that boast great health benefits, creating an alternative healthier version to one of your favorite sweets.

Almond Butter Cups \\ Sweet Laurel x Weeknight Bite

Almond Butter Cups \\ Sweet Laurel x Weeknight Bite

Almond Butter Cups \\ Sweet Laurel x Weeknight Bite

Yields 10-12 mini-muffin sized Almond Butter Cups


For the Chocolate coating:

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cacao powder

1/2 cup (melted) extra virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt flakes (I use Maldon)

For the Filling: 

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1/2 tbsp (melted) extra virgin coconut oil

1 tsp 100% pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Line a mini muffin pan with paper liners.

Mix together all of the chocolate coating ingredients (except salt) and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1 tsp of the chocolate mixture into the muffin liners. Place in freezer for about 10 minutes until hardened.

While the chocolate is in the freezer, mix filling ingredients together.

Remove pan from freezer and spoon about 1 tsp almond butter mixture in the center of each cup. Note: Make sure the almond butter is centered and isn’t touching the liners too much so that you can fully pour chocolate over the filling.

Pour remaining chocolate into the cups, filling them enough to cover the almond butter. Sprinkle each cup with sea salt, then place in freezer for another 15 minutes before devouring.

Make sure to keep these stored in the freezer! Enjoy!

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!

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!