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Pineapple Upside Down Doughnuts \\ Sweet Laurel

Here’s a fun treat for Easter brunch, our Pineapple Upside Down Donuts! It really doesn’t get much better than this. Our grain-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free donut is the perfect sweet treat, that isn’t too sweet or naughty like most donuts. I hope you enjoy this donut as much as I do!

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Ingredients:


 

1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
4 Tbsp 100% maple syrup or honey, divided
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted, divided
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 eggs, at room temperature, whites and yolks separated
1 pineapple, peeled and cut into 1/2″ to 1″ inch rounds


 

Directions:


 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and grease each donut cavity. Set aside.

In each donut cavity, place a slice of pineapple.

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients except egg whites.

Mix the wet with dry and set aside. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Pour 3-4 tablespoons of batter over the pineapple.

Place donuts in preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Allow donuts to cool, then flip onto serving platter, pineapple side up. Enjoy!

Q and A with Dr. Karp \\ Sweet Laurel

My Snoo was one of the best gifts Nick and I received before we had Nico. The Snoo really worked wonders for Nico. Dr. Karp, the creator of the Snoo,  is an incredible doctor, and he sure knows how to help babies (and parents!) get their sleep. As month 6 rolled around and Nick and I began to think of how we’d transition Nico out of the Snoo and into his big boy crib, we reached out to Dr. Karp to ask if a few questions. His responses are below, and I’m now happy to say that at 12 months, my baby sleeps almost 12 hours most nights. It is life changing, and this had a lot to do with introducing Nico to more solid foods, and slowly weaning him off breast milk, but he sleeps!! Thank you Dr. Karp, for helping us get our baby to sleep!

 

Q and A with Dr. Karp \ Sweet Laurel

Q and A with Dr. Karp \ Sweet Laurel

 

 

1). Once the baby is out of the ‘4th trimester,’ do all the 5 S’s still resonate?

When a parent first learns the 5 S’s, it can feel like they have “magic” power. It’s actually not magic, it’s science: When done just right, they trigger an automatic, biological response called the calming reflex, that acts as a virtual “off switch” for crying.

Like most other newborn reflexes, the calming reflex fades after some time. (But a hint of the calming effect of cuddling, motion, and rumbly sound remains with us for the rest of our lives, which is why we’re soothed by womb-like oceans sounds, rocking in a hammock and being hugged.) The upside of this is that your baby naturally becomes less dependent on motion for sleep over time; so please don’t worry that a baby can become addicted to motion—or to SNOO—it just doesn’t happen. (Just like they don’t get addicted to swaddling or only drinking milk.)  SNOO is the perfect sleep tool for the first 6 months of life, and easy to wean by the time your baby has fully benefited from their special bed.

 

2). Can you advise a step by step process for transitioning from SNOO to a crib?

Absolutely! I recommend you wait to start weaning until 5 or even 6 months. Before then, your baby is just not ready and sleep can sometimes unravel. (Note: Even if your baby’s toes touch the bottom of the bed, it’s still best to wait to wean until 5-6 months.)

The first step is to let one of your child’s arms out of the SNOO Sack (the large size has snap openings at the shoulders). If she begins startling herself awake, just go back to both arms swaddled and try again in a week.

After a few nights of good sleep with one arm out, you can free the other arm.

The next step is to turn on the App’s Weaning feature. About a week before you plan to move your baby from SNOO and to a crib, go into the App settings and toggle on the Weaning option.

While in Weaning mode, SNOO will play white noise all night, but not give any rocking. However, if your child cries, SNOO responds as usual—with both motion + sound—until your baby is calmed, and then it gradually returns to gentle white noise, but no motion.

 

3). First night sans SNOO. What are your recommendations?

SNOO is so good at teaching reliable sleep that the only thing you will still need is a strong, rumbly white noise! You’ll definitely want to use it for the next 6 months. In fact, most parents find sound as a big help throughout the toddler years, and beyond! You can get the same white noise used by SNOO in MP3 or CD format, in the Happiest Baby store.

Note: When you’re ready, white noise is simple to wean; just lower the volume a little each night over 1-2 weeks …and you’re finished!

 

4). When the baby is rolling, and swaddle ceases, what should we do to make bedtime transition easier for the baby?

Continuing with the right type of white noise and sticking to a consistent bedtime routine are both very helpful. As your babies grow, they develop an increasing ability to make associations. For example, when you turn on white noise when getting your baby ready for bed, he’ll link this soothing sound to sleep. In the same way, if you follow the same steps in the same order—bathing, dressing for bed, feeding dimming the lights, turning on white noise, and possibly offering a pacifier—your baby will prepare himself for sleep. After your baby is 9 months old, letting your toddler sleep with a small handkerchief size lovey can be a comforting addition to the routine.

 

5). What is a good age for weaning night feedings?

Consult your doctor, but many families are ready to wean night feedings at around 4 months of age. To do so, it is very important to boost daytime calories, feeding every 2 hours or so (if she’s sleeping, wake her after 1.5-2 hours to feed) and by cluster feeding in the early evening and offering a dream feed—waking your baby at 11pm or midnight just enough to feed. Even before you’re ready to completely wean night feeding, you these steps may help you sleep longer stretches of sleep at night.

 

6). Is it true that breastfed babies need to eat more frequently then formula fed babies or babies who are eating more solids?

It is true the breastfed babies tend to eat more often. That’s because breastmilk is more easily digested than formula, which also tends to mean breastfeed babies are less constipated and gassy. However, breastmilk will fill your baby’s tummy much better at night than early solids like rice cereal or pureed veggies. Think about it—milk is full of protein and fat, which is much more nutritious and filling than something like cereal, a simple mix of starch and water.

 

Thank you Dr. Karp!

Photo by Elsie Christine.

Coconut Lattes \\ Sweet Laurel

Lattes. Something I am passionate about and definitely something you’ll see lots of at Sweet Laurel Cake Shop! We’re getting really excited to open this summer, and as you can imagine I am recipe testing up a storm all things cake AND all things coffee!

For the lattes here, I started with a coconut milk that I love. Lets Do Organic is my current favorite. For those of you without an espresso machine and milk frother, do not worry! You can use a blender and it actually works wonders. You can also serve these lattes over ice and it makes for a lovely iced latte in the summertime!

Coconut Lattes \ Sweet Laurel

Coconut Lattes \ Sweet Laurel

Coconut Lattes \ Sweet Laurel

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Coconut Lattes

Serves 1


 

Vegan Caramel Coffee


 

Ingredients:

1/2-1 cup coconut milk

4-8 oz brewed coffee

1 -2 teaspoons Sweet Laurel vegan caramel 

Directions:

Place all contents in a blender and blender on high for 1 minute. Pour into a cup and enjoy.


 

Rose Latte


 

Ingredients:

1/2-1 cup coconut milk

4-8 oz brewed coffee

1 teaspoon dried rose petals or drop essential rose oil

1 -2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)

2 tablespoons collagen (optional)

1 teaspoon Sweet Laurel vanilla extract

Directions:

Place all contents in a blender and blender on high for 1 minute. Pour into a cup and enjoy.


 

Collagen + Cinnamon 


 

Ingredients:

1/2-1 cup coconut milk

4-8 oz brewed coffee

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 -2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)

2 tablespoons collagen (optional)

1 teaspoon Sweet Laurel vanilla extract

Directions:

Place all contents in a blender and blender on high for 1 minute. Pour into a cup and enjoy.


 

Mocha 


 

Ingredients:

1/2-1 cup coconut milk

4-8 oz brewed coffee

1 teaspoon cacao

1 -2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)

2 tablespoons collagen (optional)

1 teaspoon Sweet Laurel vanilla extract

Directions:

Place all contents in a blender and blender on high for 1 minute. Pour into a cup and enjoy.

Nico’s First Birthday Cake \\ Sweet Laurel

I cannot believe Nico is one! It certainly does not feel like a year has past. Now, birthday = cake, right? I’ve been sharing quite a bit about Nico’s first foods via Instagram and the blog, and now that Nico has started to eat more food, I will be sharing more! As a cake maker, you can only imagine how difficult it was for me to chose a cake to make for my Nico boy. This is my classic vanilla cake recipe, with a bit less sweetener then normal. I’m including a nut-free version below if any of you know your babies may have a nut allergy.

Nico's First Birthday Cake \ Sweet Laurel

Nico's First Birthday Cake \ Sweet Laurel

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Nico’s First Birthday Cake

Yields one 8” round cake or two 6” rounds


 

Ingredients:


2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing
1/2 cup maple syrup (I cut the maple by a few tablespoons here and subbed some water)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


 

Directions:


Preheat oven to 350.

Prepare your 6-inch pans or 8-inch pan by cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Place the circular parchment round inside the cake pan, then grease the sides of the pan with melted coconut oil.

Place eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk until well incorporated. Add almond flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until batter is formed, then pour into prepared pan.

Bake about 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, then flip cake(s) out of pan onto a cake plate.


To prepare coconut whipped cream:


 

Ingredients:
1 13.5 oz can coconut milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place a can of coconut milk in refrigerator the night before you make your cake. Before you plan to serve your cake, open the can of refrigerated coconut milk and scoop out coconut milk solids into a mixing bowl. The fat will have risen to the top of the can and the remaining coconut milk will be at the base of the can. Add the solids only to your mixing bowl, then add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk together, then set the whipped cream in the fridge.

Top cooled cakes with whip and berries!


 

Nut Free Cake Version


 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup coconut flour

3/4 cup coconut oil, melted

6 eggs

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Prepare your 6-inch pans or 8-inch pan by cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Place the circular parchment round inside the cake pan, then grease the sides of the pan with melted coconut oil.

In a large bowl, beat the 6 eggs with the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Once thoroughly mixed, add the coconut flour, baking soda, and Himalayan pink salt. Stir until batter forms.

Pour batter into prepared pans then bake for 25 minutes or until cakes are firm to the touch and golden brown.

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Mocha Chia Seed Pudding \\ Sweet Laurel

Here is another chia seed recipe to mix up the flavors because you can never have enough! This recipe is perfect for a little caffeine kick in the mornings or for those late night chocolate cravings!

Our Favorite Chia Seed Pudding \ Sweet Laurel
Our Favorite Chia Seed Pudding \ Sweet Laurel

Mocha Chia Seed Pudding

Serves 2


 

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut cream (fat solids from coconut milk)

1 tablespoon freshly ground coffee

1 tablespoon cacao powder

2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

3 tablespoons chia seeds

 


Directions:

In a bowl whisk together all ingredients until well mixed. Pour into two 4 ounce glass jar and cover with lid. Store in fridge overnight. Enjoy within 3 days.

 

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