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TOASTED ALMOND-CASHEW DATE MILK & AN ICED TURMERIC LATTE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


it’s taken me a while to welcome turmeric into my day-to-day. and it seems that each time i’m pregnant, it’s something that i tend to reach for. this is all to say, if you’re not pregnant, don’t worry, you will enjoy this latte thoroughly, i promise ;) this little beverage/pick-me-up is something i prepare in the afternoon (although it would be just as good in the morning, or even at night), usually around 3 pm, just before i pick amesy up from preschool, and right at the point when i’m heading towards that afternoon slump. while this drink doesn’t have caffeine in it, it does pack a hearty punch.

the turmeric is mixed with a few other cozy spices that typically make you think of the colder months. but i find them super refreshing when prepared iced. it’s the perfect mix of cold and warm/cozy to enliven your senses without the giving you any jitters late in the afternoon (i don’t know about you, but i have to stop drinking caffeine around 2:30pm or else i’m jitter city). but the best compliment to the turmeric spice blend is the milk i’ve paired it with. it’s a toasted nut milk made with almonds and cashews, and a few dates. the toasted notes in the milk is just another cozy element that’s rich and punctuated with flavor. mix the milk together with the plush flavor of the spices and you have yourself the perfect little tonic to get you through the rest of your day.

happy may everyone! xo



toasted almond-cashew date milk & an iced turmeric latte | v

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  • the recipe for both the milk and latte are super versatile. for the milk, try a blend of nuts or seeds that you like, and go from there. i had initially tried just toasted cashews, but found that the flavor was too overpowering. the almonds dull the overwhelming cashew flavor, while still letting it do its thing and shine. also, i’m not one for sweet milk, and the addition of 3 dates is sweet enough for me. you could of course add more for more sweetness, or none at all - completely your preference.

  • for the latte, yo could go straight turmeric and not add any other spices - totally optional. but i do love how warming the spices are here in an iced beverage, kind of like the best of both worlds. the pepper is added for maximum curcumin absorption (that’s what provides you all those lovely anti-inflammatory properties).

iced turmeric latte

| serves 1 |

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

  • a few cracks fresh ground pepper

  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 cup toasted almond-cashew date milk (recipe below)

toasted almond-cashew date milk

| makes scant 4 cups milk |

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews

  • 3 pitted dates

  • 3 1/2 cups filtered water

  • pinch of salt



method

  1. fill a large glass halfway with one large ice cube, or a few small ice cubes. add the toasted almond-cashew milk, and set aside.

  2. in a high-speed blender (or with a handheld milk frother), combine the water, turmeric, ginger (if using), cinnamon (if using), pepper, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup. blitz everything together for about 30 seconds-1 minute, until everything is sufficiently combined. pour the turmeric mix over the milk and ice. stir to mix, and enjoy.

  3. toasted almond-cashew milk. preheat the oven to 350°F. on a baking sheet, spread the almonds and cashews out in an even layer. place in the oven and toast for about 6-8 minutes, shaking the nuts halfway through, until toasted and fragrant. let the nuts cool completely.

  4. place cooled nuts, and dates in a large bowl and cover with 3 1/2 cups filtered water. let everything soak for 30 minutes. then blend the mixture in a high-speed blender for about 1 1/2 minutes, until everything is broken down, and the milk is frothy.

  5. pour through a nut milk bag, squeezing it gently until only solids remain (discard, or save for another use). pour the milk into a large bottle and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.


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Dana's Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Coconut-Cashew Frosting (+ A Giveaway) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


if you follow me over on instagram or snapchat (dollyoatmeal), then you know i've been in LA for a long weekend with my family.  my mom and i went to visit my brother, his fiance, and her family.  it was an overwhelmingly fast, but beautiful mother's day weekend made all the more special because my brother's fiance is pregnant (due this summer) and frank and i are expecting a little one as well (ours in september!)!  cousins will be born within a couple months of each other, and we all couldn't be more swept up in all the feelings at the moment.  aside from my parent's heads exploding at the thought of 2 grandchildren within a couple months of each other, we're all just taking it as it comes, and counting our blessings.  i'm still wrapping my head around a lot at the moment as well, and savoring each time i feel this babe rolling around, tumbling, kicking, and whatever else these ones do in there.  and as soon as i get my stuff together i'll be sure to share more ;)

a couple of weeks ago i was lucky enough to get my hands on dana shultz's new book, minimalist baker's everyday cooking!  i can see this book being my ultimate go-to not only now, but i'm already bookmarking recipes for the months after the babe arrives.  if you're familiar with dana's blog then you're aware that her recipes are 10 ingredients or less, take 30 minutes or so to cook, and are 1 bowl/pot recipes.  this book is a continuation of these kinds of easy-to-prepare recipes without lacking any flavor or creativity - which is such a fete!  i've been trying to curb my cravings for sweets, but when i do partake in them i prefer refined sugar-free baked goods (i get crazy sugar highs that make me feel like crap, so i can't imagine how that would make my little one feels!).  so, when i saw dana's recipe for her vegan vanilla cupcakes (they're gluten-free, too!) i was literally drooling - plus, i was dreaming of all the (eggless) vegan batter i could lick!  her recipe calls on an abundance of wholesome ingredients without losing that velvet-y, cake-y sponge that's so essential for a really good cupcake.  the frosting recipe she provides called for a few ingredients i don't keep in my kitchen, so i whipped a vanilla frosting riff off of this old recipe and added my pregnancy go-to: strawbs!!  in any event, go make these cupcakes no matter which frosting you use.  i have a feeling this recipe will be a kitchen staple for a lot of cupcake-loving peeps out there.

*enter to win a copy of Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by leaving a comment below with your go-to craving (pregnant or not!).  1 winner will be chosen at random (open to US residents only) and will run until next wednesday, may 18.  good luck!!! :) *UPDATE - giveaway now closed.

xo's

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Dana's Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Coconut-Cashew Frosting | gf

a couple of notes: i substituted the cane sugar in dana's cupcake recipe for coconut sugar 1:1. also, there are 2 options for the frosting below.  the first one is from dana's book, and the second one is a coconut-cashew alternative with smooshed strawberries.

from Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-Based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes

| serves 12 |

cupcakes

  • scant 1/2 cup (115ml) unsweetented plain almond milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 flax eggs*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (75ml) maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) melted coconut oil, grape seed oil, or melted vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup (73g) almond meal, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup (30g) gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup (160g) gluten-free flour blend (i used Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flour blend 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour, plus more as needed

frosting

  • 1/2 cup (112g) vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups (140-224g) organic powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tablespoons unsweetened plain almond milk, to thin

strawberry coconut-cashew frosting

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight, drained and rinsed
  • coconut cream from 1 15-ounce full-fat can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened or melted and cooled
  • 2-4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 6-8 medium strawberries, more for garnish

*flax egg

  • 1 tablespoon (7g) flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (37ml) water


method

  1. preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).  line 12 muffin tins with paper liners, or lightly grease and flour (with gluten-free flour). shake out excess.
  2. in a liquid measuring cup, measure out the almond milk, add the vinegar and baking soda, and stir.  let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. in the meantime, prepare the flax eggs in a large bowl.  let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. add the sugar, maple syrup,  and almond milk mixture to the flax eggs and beat to combine.  then add the applesauce, coconut oil, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. mix.
  5.  add the almond meal, oat flour, and gluten-free flour blend. beat or whisk to combine,  if the batter appears too thick, add a little almond milk.  if too thin, add a little more gluten-free flour blend or almond meal.  the batter should be thin but pourable.
  6. divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling them 3/4 full (there should be enough for 11 or 12 cupcakes).  bake for 24-31 minutes or until puffy, golden brown, and toothpick inserted into the center comes out completely clean. 
  7. remove from the oven and let rest in the muffin tin for 10-15 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on a cooling rack.  allow the cupcakes to fully cool before unwrapping to avoid sticking to the wrapper.
  8. for the frosting, wipe/rinse your mixing bowl clean and add the butter and vanilla.  beat until light and fluffy.  then add the powdered sugar 1/4 cup (56g) at a time.  continue mixing until thick and creamy.
  9. drizzle in a little almond milk to thin.  the frosting should be fairly thick do as to hold its shape once on the cupcakes, so only add as much milk as necessary to make it spreadable.  add more powdered sugar if it gets too thin.
  10. frost the cupcakes generously.  sprinkles or fresh raspberries makes the perfect garnish.
  11.  leftovers keep covered at room temperature for up to 3 days, though best within 24 hours. 

strawberry coconut-cashew frosting

  1. place cashews, coconut cream, coconut oil, 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt in a high-speed blender (preferably a vitamix) and blend, adding more milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time until smooth and creamy.  taste and adjust sweetness, adding the additional tablespoon of syrup if needed.
  2. refrigerate frosting for at least 5-6 hours or preferably overnight.  
  3. mash strawberries with a fork or pulse in a food processor until you have medium chunks.  press through a fine mesh sieve with your fingers and reserve the strawberry juice for another purpose.
  4. when the frosting is sufficiently chilled, fold in the strawberries and frost the cupcakes.  leftover cupcakes with this frosting need to be refrigerated. 

reprinted from Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Dana Shult


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raw + vegan coconut-cashew chocolate milkshakes by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


as so many people do, i tend get super overwhelmed (probably something i totally do to myself) by deadlines, and everyday life stress.  a couple weeks ago frank and i found out the new apartment we were planning to move into would not be available until the following month.  while it's something that i'm sure happens frequently, i was completely thrown.  what i had planned and scheduled for had totally gone out the window.  and as a result, i found myself getting into bad routines and eating poorly; noshing on too many snacks, and finding solace in an apple and peanut butter for dinner.  i definitely don't punish myself for these indulgences, because i totally feel like our bodies need an extra food-hug every now and then. but i was finding that these short cuts were having an affect on my concentration, definitely testing my patience, and just leaving me generally moody.  

i can often fall into these rhythms and i think we can all relate to the ebbs and flows of life and how that impacts our choices and diet.  getting back into a more mindful mental state and knowing that what we put in our body really really matters. i've been really making time and focussing  more on wholesome home-cooked meals, drinking more fluids and making more smoothies and juices.

my pals over at Bai5 have helped me tremendously in that department.  their selection of juices are super low in sugar (hello, natural stevia!) and have a boatload of antioxidants thanks to (new-to-me) coffee fruit!  so when i add it to smoothies i get the sweetness without the sacrifice.  while frank and i have been making our fair share of kitchen sink smoothies with some Bai5 blends - ones where i add too many chia seeds and it quickly becomes a smoothie bowl - i also wanted to highlight the juice in a wholesome, satisfying and snack-y way.  i mostly made a milkshake because while i'm making a concerted effort to stay away from sugary things, i still wanted a substantial chocolatey dessert with a cozy feeling to it.  it contains a good amount of Bai5's molokai coconut juice, which is somewhat of a sweet coconut water, making that coconut-y flavor really shine through in the shake.  i added soaked cashews for a thick creamy base, frozen bananas for that ice cream-like texture, and raw cacao for a super lush chocolatey flavor.  that's right, no added sugar in this babe; the molokai coconut juice and banana provided every ounce of sweetness this shake could ever need.  and having grown up drinking new england frappes, this vegan version far exceeded my expectations - xo!



coconut-cashew milkshakes (raw + vegan)

if you don't have frozen bananas on hand, regular bananas will be just as good, but result in a less ice cream-like consistency, and more of a smoothie-like consistency.  

| makes 2 cups |

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup molokai coconut Bai5
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

toppings



method

  • drain cashews and place them in an upright high-speed blender.  add molokai coconut juice, banana, and cacao powder, blend on high for 1 minute, until thoroughly blended and smooth.  
  • divide shake between 2 cups, top with coconut whip, coconut chips, cacao nibs, and cacao powder and enjoy!
  • milkshakes will stay good covered with cling wrap or in a lidded jar for up 2 days in the refrigerator.    

*this post is in partnership with Bai5, all opinions are my own


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