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Keto Birthday Cake \\ Sweet Laurel




As many of you know, Sweet Laurel has 5 core ingredients: almond flour, coconut oil, organic eggs, Himalayan pink salt and 100% maple syrup. The one ingredient that does not pass the keto friendly test is 100% maple syrup, So I created a recipe for those of you who may be following a low carb\keto diet, but would like to have your cake and eat it too.

In honor of Sweet Laurel’s third birthday, we’re posting this delicious ketogenic friendly birthday cake. I chose Lakanto Monk Fruit sweetener, as I have found it to be the best low carb sweetener in terms of taste. It also is Dr. Gundry approved, another reason I chose it! Enjoy this delicious cake! xoxo, Laurel

To make the Chocolate Cake
3 cups almond meal
1/3 cup cacao
1 t baking soda
1 t Himalayan pink salt
3 pastured eggs
3/4 cup water
1.5 T vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare 3, 6 inch pans by lining with parchment paper and greasing the sides with coconut oil.
In a bowl, combine the almond meal, cacao, baking soda, Himalayan pink salt and monk fruit sweetener. Stir.
Add the eggs, water and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until tooth pic inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool before topping with ganache.
To make the Ganache
4 oz 100% cacao baking chocolate
4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
2-3 tablespoons monk fruit (or more, depending on palate)
1 cup coconut milk
Over very low heat, melt coconut oil and baking chocolate. Once melted, remove from heat. Slowly whisk in sweetener and coconut milk, until consistency is smooth. You may need to add more coconut milk or water to get a smoother texture.
** if cake is refrigerated, the ganache will harden a bit. Keep finished cake at room temperature for best results

Nico’s CocoYo \\ Sweet Laurel


What is CocoYo anyway? CocoYo is the name I have given to Nico’s first favorite food: coconut yogurt. If you have ever purchased coconut yogurt at the store, you know it is quite expensive. I realized one day that I could easily make my own coconut yogurt and have been making it each week ever since!

The key is finding a great coconut milk and probiotic. I like two brands of coconut milk: Lets Do Organic Coconut Cream and Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream. These brands do not have any fillers or stabilizers. I must also mention you can make your own coconut milk, but it is a bit more involved. Step 2 is finding a great probiotic. I use Flora Advanced Adult Formula (even for Nico!) and it gives great results. Make sure you do not use a probiotic that also contains probiotics, as the coconut yogurt will not ferment properly.

I found Cocoyo to be a great first food for Nico. It has all the good fats, is easy to digest, and helps inoculate Nico’s gut with good bacteria! In the early days of Nico’s transition into eating solids, I often added a tablespoon of coconut yogurt to sweet potatoes, broccoli and other veggies as well. He loved the taste of the coconut yogurt, and it served as a fantastic carrier for introducing him to new veggies!

2 cans coconut milk (I like Natural Value BPA Free Organic Coconut Milk)


2-3 probiotic capsules (prebiotic free)*

*the probiotics must be prebiotic free or the fermentation will not happen properly


Sterilize two 4-6 oz glass jars and lids. Set aside.

Place cans of coconut milk in a bowl. Open probiotic capsules, and dump the inside powder into the bowl and stir well. Pour into sterilized jars and allow to sit in dehydrator at 110 for about 12 hours. You can also place your jars in a turned off oven, with the oven light on, for 12-18 hours.

Remove from dehydrator or oven and allow to set in fridge, about 6 + hours.

Baking Class with Mandy Moore

We are HUGE fans of Mandy Moore here at Sweet Laurel. She is so talented, so beautiful and so so so sweet! I honestly cannot believe how kind and genuine she is. Mandy is very in tune with all things wellness related, and we’re delighted to say she has been a loyal customer of Sweet Laurel since day 1.

To celebrate the launch of the Sweet Laurel Cookbook, we had a baking class with Mandy and a handful of her friends. Because education is the foundation of Sweet Laurel, sharing the technique of grain free, refined sugar free and dairy free baking is top priority! During the class, each guest baked the cover of the Sweet Laurel Cookbook, our Vanilla Coconut Jam Cake! Check out the beautiful photos below in Mandy’s new kitchen. xoxo, Laurel

For info on cakes, classes and our cookbook, please visit

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!






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




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.