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Keto Pumpkin Pie // Sweet Laurel

Keto Pumpkin Pie

Here’s a keto-friendly version of our classic Pumpkin Pie! It’s low-carb, with a press-in cookie crust that’s both easy to make and SO delicious! We dreamt up this recipe for a baking class with our friend Torie Borrelli from The Vida Well last year and can’t wait for our low-carb loved ones to give it a try. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving and happy baking!! xoxo

Click here to see our video tutorial for this pie on Instagram


*makes one 9 inch pie


Ingredients:

For the crust:

2 cups almond flour

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil, avocado oil or butter

1 egg

For the filling: 

1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree

3 eggs

½ cup coconut cream

1/3 cup almond or coconut milk

1/3 cup Lakanto golden monk fruit sweetener

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or a mixture of ground nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger to taste)

1 teaspoon Sweet Laurel vanilla extract

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt


Directions:

To prepare pie crust:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl, then slowly stir in coconut oil and egg. Stir to combine. If more moisture is needed, add a bit more oil. Press into the bottom of a pie or tart pan.

To prepare filling:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, blend the pumpkin puree and eggs. Slowly add in coconut cream, almond or coconut milk, Lakanto golden monk fruit sweetener, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.

Pour into prepared pie crust. Shield the edges of the pie crust with strips of foil. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil strips and continue to bake until the center of the pie is firm, about 15-20 more minutes.

Allow to cool, then place in refrigerator to set overnight, or enjoy warm! Serve with coconut whipped cream!

Bliss Brownies // Sweet Laurel x Sakara

Bliss Brownies

We recently had the opportunity to try Sakara’s bestselling Metabolism Super Powder and were so blown away by the taste and quality of ingredients that we knew we had to create a recipe to feature it. You know we love our brownies, so what better than a magical Bliss Brownie that is decadent AND metabolism-boosting. This plant-rich, vegan dessert revs your metabolism and eases bloat with each bite. It’s incredibly creamy and moist—yet contains zero refined sugar, is completely plant-based and gluten-free, plus it includes a suite of antioxidants and Ayurvedic herbs thanks to Metabolism Super Powder. How dreamy is that?

This feel-good alternative to holiday baking is already a staple in our home. Some of you may have seen this brownie make a special appearance at our cake shop.. it was such a hit during it’s limited-edition release and we’re thrilled to share the recipe with you today. Happy Baking! xoxo

p.s. We’ve included TWO versions of this recipe for you! A simple, classic Bliss Brownie, and a version that has a few more bells and whistles. We can’t wait to see which one you make!


Yield: One 9 x 13 inch pan

Bake Time: 25 – 30 minutes


Ingredients:

2 cups nut or seed butter of choice
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup Sakara Metabolism Super Powder
3/4 cup 100% maple syrup
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pink salt
*optional Sweet Laurel Vegan Chocolate Chips


Directions:

1. Preheat Oven 350.

2. In a small bowl, Mix the ground flax seed with 6 tablespoons of water and set aside for 5 mins.

3. Prepare your pan. Line and 8×8 pan or 13×9 pan with parchment paper and set aside.

4. After the ground flax seed mixture has sat for at least 5 minutes, place mixture in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir until the batter is fully incorporated. Place batter in an 8×8 baking dish for thick brownies, or 13×9 pan for thinner brownies.

5.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, then allow to cool and enjoy!


* Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temp or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Brownies can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


For something a little more decadent, try Sakara’s dressed-up version of the Bliss Brownie!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
6 tablespoons filtered water
2 cups nut/seed butter of choice
¾ cup maple syrup
½ cup Sakara Metabolism Super Powder
½ cup raw cacao powder
½ cup walnut pieces
½ cup Sweet Laurel Vegan Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Topping:

½ cup walnut pieces
¼ cup Sweet Laurel Vegan Chocolate Chips
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the ground flaxseed with water and set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. After the ground flaxseed mixture has sat, place mixture in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir until the batter is fully incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into a 9×13 pan and spread evenly.
  5. Top the batter with walnut pieces and chocolate chips. Sprinkle hemp seeds and shredded coconut over the top.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, then allow to cool completely. Enjoy!

Paleo ‘Twix’ Bars // Sweet Laurel x Rachael DeVaux

Paleo Twix Bars by Rachael DeVaux

We recently asked our Instagram community what classic candy they’d like a clean/paleo recipe for, and while there were lots of wonderful answers, there was a clear frontrunner: TWIX BARS! We happened to know that our friend Rachael already has a fabulous paleo recipe for this candy, so why reinvent the wheel? Where delighted to welcome Rachael DeVaux of @rachaelsgoodeats to the blog today to share her insanely delicious Twix recipe. This recipe is nourishing, yet nostalgic and a beautiful update to our favorite childhood candy bar. Take it away Rachael!


Hello to the Sweet Laurel community! My name is Rachael and I’m a dietitian and personal trainer living in Seattle. I’ve been sharing my recipes for the last 6 years on @rachaelsgoodeats and it brings me so much joy seeing people make them in their own kitchens and love them. I’ve always been a big proponent of sharing my philosophy of food, which comes down to focusing on nutrients as fuel, feeling more confident in the kitchen and truly enjoying the foods you eat! Personally, I’m gluten and dairy-free so that’s what you’ll find on my blog. Today, I’m sharing the fan favorite recipe on my site and that’s my paleo Twix Bars. With a caramely almond butter center sandwiched between a soft shortbread and dark chocolate coating on top, I know you’ll want to keep a stock of these in your freezer at all times. Please let me know what you think! 🙂

For more recipes check out rachaelsgoodeats.com and you can find my training guides on shopgoodeats.com. -Rachael

p.s. do NOT be intimidated or overwhelmed by the steps / layers below. It’s much easier than you think! Check out the step-by-step video below from my YouTube channel 


Ingredients:

Shortbread Layer

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp honey, warmed (feel free to sub maple syrup)

Caramel Layer

  • 1/2 cup almond butter, creamy or crunchy (swap for your fave nut or seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt

Chocolate Layer

  • One 2.5 oz dark chocolate bar (I use Evolved Eating Signature Dark) Or sub 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp flakey sea salt

Directions:

Shortbread Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine coconut + almond flours with melted coconut oil and warmed honey in a large bowl. Stir out all the crumbles of flour until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a smaller baking dish (I prefer a 6×6 baking dish) with parchment paper and pack down shortbread mixture into the base using a silicone spatula. If shortbread mix starts to stick to spatula, dip in melted coconut oil and continue to gently press down evenly into entire base of dish.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown. Remove once done and let cool completely.

Caramel Layer

  1. Combine almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and sea salt in a saucepan over the stove on medium-low heat and heat until completely liquified, whisking together, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove from burner and let cool completely.

Chocolate Layer

  1. Break up chocolate bar into small bowl and add coconut oil. Warm in microwave for 30 sec intervals, stirring in between, until completely liquified. Or, heat over the stove.

TWIX BARS

  1. Once shortbread & caramel have completely cooled, pour caramel sauce over the base layer, spreading out evenly. Set in freezer until it hardens *completely,* about 1-2 hours.
  2. Remove from freezer once frozen (if still soft, keep in freezer until fully hardened) and pour chocolate over the top, spreading out evenly. Sprinkle flakey sea salt as the last touch and set back in fridge for 5-10 minutes to harden.
  3. Once chilled, remove the hardened mold from pan by pulling on the sides of the parchment paper. Lay on cutting board and using a large chef’s knife, slice into 1/2-inch strips, and from there, slice each strip into thirds. *if you leave the chocolate layer in the freezer for too long, it may crack when you cut into slices.
  4. Ready to serve!! Enjoy! Store in airtight container in the freezer or fridge 

S’mores Cookies // Sweet Laurel

S’mores Cookies

There’s something so cozy about s’mores. The combination of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers is endlessly satisfying and so fun to play with! A few years ago we shared a delicious Brownie S’mores recipe, and I thought it was about time we try a new variation on these classic flavors.

So, I’m delighted to introduce you to the Sweet Laurel style S’mores Cookie! This recipe is a bit more involved than some of our other desserts, but the final product is definitely worth it! To cut down on prep time, feel free to use your favorite store-bought graham crackers and marshmallows instead of our made-from-scratch versions; just keep in mind that any substitutions may affect the bake time. I can’t wait to see you make these delicious cookies at home, they’re guaranteed to bring you that cozy, campfire vibe! Remember to tag us in your pictures on Instagram @sweetlaurelbakery so that we can follow along and re-share with our community.

p.s. If you love s’mores, we have a fabulous S’mores Pie recipe in our pink Sweet Laurel Cookbook on Pg. 129. Check it out!


Yield: 3 dozen cookies



Ingredients: 

Graham Crackers

2 cups almond flour

1⁄2 cup arrowroot powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

 2 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

1 1⁄2 tablespoons date sugar 

1⁄4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt 

3 large egg whites 

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted  

Marshmallows 

Arrowroot powder for coating, plus more for coating the knife 

3 tablespoons gelatin powder 

1 cup maple syrup 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1⁄4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt 

Double Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough

1 cup date paste, store-bought or homemade 

1⁄2 cup coconut oil, melted 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1⁄2 cups almond flour 

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 

1⁄4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt 

1⁄4 cup plus 1 tablespoon 100% unsweetened cacao powder 

1⁄2 cup arrowroot powder 

1 cup vegan chocolate chips, store-bought or homemade    


Directions: 

First – Make your Marshmallows 

(or use your favorite mini store-bought marshmallows)

1. Line an 8 × 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, and lightly dust the parchment with sifted arrowroot powder. This will prevent the marshmallows from sticking. 

2. Pour 1 ⁄2 cup hot water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Sprinkle the gelatin on top to soften, stirring gently to fully dissolve it. 

3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine another 1 ⁄2 cup water, the maple syrup vanilla, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, using a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature, until it reaches the soft-ball stage at 240°F. Careful! This happens quickly, so keep a close watch once the syrup reaches 220°F. 

4. With the mixer on medium-high speed, blend the gelatin mixture. Slowly pour in the syrup and continue to beat for about 10 minutes, until the steam disappears and soft peaks form. The mixture will become white and super fluffy. 

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and let it sit at room temperature for about 4 hours. Sift a light coating of arrowroot powder over the pan, coat a chef’s knife with arrowroot powder and cut the marshmallows into mini squares. Lightly toss the marshmallows in the pan to evenly coat with arrowroot to ensure the marshmallows do not stick to each other. Gently dust off excess arrowroot and set aside for use in cookie dough. 

6. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll keep for up to 1 week, but are best within the first day or so  



Second – Make Your Graham Crackers

(or break up your favorite store-bought graham crackers into small pieces)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, cinnamon, date sugar, and salt. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy using a hand mixer. A little at a time, fold the egg whites into the dry ingredients, followed by the coconut oil. Stir everything together until a dough forms.

3. Place the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll it 1 ⁄4 inch thick. Using a paring knife, cut the dough into rectangles about 5 × 21 ⁄2 inches. Prick tiny holes on top with a fork. 

4. Transfer the crackers and bottom layer of parchment to a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until crisp and golden. Let the crackers rest for at least an hour to cool and set completely. 

5. Break your graham crackers up into small bits (as big or small as you like) and set aside. 

6. Store extras in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer indefinitely. 


Third – Make your Cookies! 

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

2. In a food processor, pulse the date paste, coconut oil, and vanilla together. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cacao powder, and arrowroot powder. A little at a time, add the dry ingredients to the date paste mixture, pulsing until a dough forms. 

3. Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment. Knead the chocolate chips into the dough and gradually form it into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Place tablespoon-sized scoops of dough on the baking sheet and gently press down to flatten, then press in pieces of marshmallow and graham crackers on top.

5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are set; then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely and then ENJOY!

*Store your S’mores Cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer indefinitely.

Olive Oil Citrus Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting // Sweet Laurel

Olive Oil Citrus Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

This recipe is a hidden gem in our pink cookbook, and I have to say, it’s absolutely delightful! We were looking for something to bake with our friends Kosterina, who specialize in Greek EVOO and also make dreamy chocolate. Their founder, Katerina Mountanous is actually an Olive Oil Sommelier, which I find fascinating! She was kind enough to share some specialized olive oil info with us (available at the bottom of this blog), but for now, let’s get back to why you’re here, cupcakes! This recipe is the perfect way to showcase the beauty of paleo baking and the wonders of olive oil. Cupcakes usually make me think of classroom birthday parties, but with sophisticated flavors of olive oil, citrus, and dark chocolate, it’s impossible to think of these little cakes as anything but elegant. Enjoy!!

For more delicious paleo recipes, check out our cookbooks!

*Everything we make is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar free.


Yield: Makes 12 cupcakes

Bake Time: 25 – 30 minutes


Ingredients for Cupcakes:

Coconut oil, for greasing the pan 

4 cups almond flour 

1+1/2 teaspoons baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt 

1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling 

3/4 cup maple syrup 

2 tablespoons grated orange zest 

1/4 cup fresh orange juice 

3 large eggs  

Slices of dried orange peel, for garnish  


Ingredients for Dark Chocolate Frosting:

*makes 1 cup

4 ounces 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped 

1/4cup coconut oil, solid 

1/4 cup maple syrup, plus more as needed 

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup almond milk or full-fat coconut milk, or as needed  


Directions for Frosting:

1. In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the cacao and coconut oil, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat. Slowly add the maple syrup and stir to incorporate. Allow to cool completely. 

2. Transfer the cacao mixture to a medium bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat in the almond butter until a thick frosting forms. Add the almond milk and stir with spatula until smooth. 

3. For a creamy, almost pourable frosting, use immediately; for fluffy frosting, refrigerate for at least 8 hours, then bring to room temperature and beat with an electric mixer until spreadable. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.  

Directions for Cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Grease the top of the pan with coconut oil. 

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and eggs until smooth. A little at a time, add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until a batter forms. 

3. Divide the batter evenly among the lined cups and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert the cupcakes onto a rack and allow to cool completely. 

4. To serve, smooth 1 tablespoon of frosting on top of each cupcake. Top with a few thin slices of dried orange peel and a drizzle of olive oil.  


All About Olive Oil with Kosterina

  • What is an olive? It’s a fruit! Like cherries, peaches, and plums, olives are stone fruit. Stone fruits have a fleshy outer covering surrounds a pit or stone, which in turn encases a seed. In the case of the olive, the outer flesh contains up to 30% oil—a concentration so impressive that the English word for “oil” comes from the ancient Greek word for olive, “elaia.” – National Geographic
  • Where do olives come from? Are they native to Greece? Archaeological and scientific evidence indicates that the olive tree (Olea europaea) was most likely first cultivated on the border between Turkey and Syria, spreading from there throughout the Mediterranean, to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, Italy, France, and Spain. (It was Spanish colonists who brought it to the “New World”). People on the eastern side of the Mediterranean have been grinding olives for oil for 6,000-8,000 years. Olive oil has historically been used for cooking, cosmetics, medicine, and lamp fuel. In Ancient Greece, the original Olympic torch burned olive oil and athletes and kings were anointed with it. 
  • What are polyphenols? Polyphenols are naturally-derived compounds with antioxidant properties. Occurring naturally in olive oil, they are proven to help reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, chronic disease and the inflammation in the body that causes cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes. You can read more on our blog post HERE.
  • How is olive oil made? Be sure to check out this great explanation by Olive Oil & Beyond for more details but here’s a quick-ish summary: The best olive oils (like Kosterina 😉 are made from olives that have been carefully handpicked from the tree, early in the harvest season, when the olive is green and unripe. The earlier the olive is harvested and picked, the richer the flavor and the higher the polyphenol content. Once picked, the olives are sorted and crushed (pits included) using stainless steel rollers or millstone crushers, resulting in a thick smooth paste. The olive paste is then slowly mixed to break up the oil and water emulsion, achieving the maximum oil yield. Among the few methods used for extracting the oil, the centrifuge method (known also as the Continuous System), is a more modern day process adopted by artisanal growers. The centrifuge spins the paste at a high velocity and the resulting oil is left to settle for one month in containers, producing an unfiltered extra virgin olive oil, naturally high in nutrients, full of flavor and texture. 
  • What does EVOO stand for? Extra Virgin Olive Oil 🙂
  • What makes an olive oil “Extra Virgin”? Extra virgin olive oils are cold-pressed from the first press of the olive, use a single variety of olives and have at least 55mg/kg of polyphenols. Virgin oils, on the other hand, are from the second press of the olive and “pure” or just “olive oil” is from the third press. These olive oils are made from a blend of olives from different regions and of different varieties, and can include both cold-pressed and processed oils. This results in an olive oil that has much less flavor and less, if any, nutrients.
  • Why does “cold-pressed” mean? This means the oil was extracted (“pressed”) from the olives without heat or chemicals, aka “cold-pressed.” Applying heat or chemicals can alter and destroy the flavors, aromas and nutritional benefits of the olive oil. 
  • Can I use EVOO on my hands? Or face? Absolutely! Dermatologists everywhere agree: EVOO does wonders for your skin. Not only is it great for hydration and glow, but it’s packed with antioxidant properties like squalene that protect your skin from free radicals, environmental damage and more. Generally, it’s safe to use daily – especially as protection against sun damage. 

Curious to learn more? Ask us any question by emailing us at hello@kosterina.com or DMing us on Instagram @kosterina