kombucha

flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries & a brunch menu by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


we spent the better part of last week sitting my parents' dog at their house upstate.  it was great spreading out, so to speak, and actually having room in our living space!  amesy transitioned really well to sleeping in his little travel crib, and i've finally began putting him down for naps without rocking him to sleep first.  this has been such a relief because babies falling asleep on their own doesn't come as easy than when they're teeny infants apparently - it's been a learning curve to say the least!  there are so many things happening in his little world these days, so many developments and progressions.  last week was all about his teeth, and now this week he's been eating solids for a whole a week and absolutely loves sweet potato and avocado (he is definitely my little guy).  he's beginning to show curiosity in crawling and standing, and now i'm beginning to see how this whole baby thing passes by way too quickly.  a month ago he was still and an infant, and now there's this huge emergence of a little personality.  he voices when he doesn't like something, when he does, and when he's having the best time ever.  my whole heart could explode at how amazing it is to witness it all each day.  

that's not to say that trying to fit everything into a working day with a babe, doesn't have its challenges.  it is THE challenge if anything.  i have a lot more grey hairs, way more stress, and have morphed into the person who wears yoga pants and big comfy flannel shirts every day. but i'm ok with that ;)  one huge constant in my life is the whole foods market that's a quick drive away and totally comes in clutch all the time!  frank and i usually have some sort of super casual, buffet-style brunch thing for an easter/passover mashup. so this year i've teamed up with the whole foods market team to show you what i'm serving up from their menu, and how to make this super easy almond cake with kombucha macerated strawberries.  i found that ordering online saved me that awkward phone call with a cooing (or screaming)  baby in the background, but i'm sure it's just as convenient for anyone sans baby.  it makes the whole process super fast and simple, and when i went to pick up my order, it was really convenient to snag the flowers for the table (i bought a big pot of pansies and transplanted them to smaller terracotta planters), and other groceries to make the cake and its topping. the cake is simple to make, and only uses a handful of ingredients, most of which are pantry staples.  it's one of those back pocket recipes that comes in handy, all while being super nourishing as well.  the berries are macerated a bit in kombucha and a little coconut sugar to give it that spring feel :)  

happy brunching <3

this post was created in partnership with whole foods market.  all thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.  thank you for supporting the sponsors that help keep dolly and oatmeal going!



a brunch menu

wild basmati rice w/ peas & pistachio

roasted fingerling potatoes w/ horseradish

carrots & parsnips w/ coriander honey

grilled asparagus

hard-boiled eggs & toast

flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries


flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries & a brunch | dolly and oatmeal
flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries & a brunch | dolly and oatmeal

flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries | gf & df

you could use any fruit or berries you like here, just keep in mind the fruit's natural sweetness and adjust the sugar as necessary.  as for the kombucha, i like a ginger variety (this gingerade is my go-to) as i find it gives the berries a subtle flavor, but you could use any flavor.

| makes a 9-inch cake |

  • 4 large pasture-raised eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

berries

  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup kombucha
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar


method

  1. preheat the oven to 350Β°F and oil a 9-inch round pan with coconut oil.  set aside.
  2. in a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the almond and vanilla extract.  in a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot, baking powder and salt.  then combine with the egg yolk mixture (batter will be very thick, that's ok), and set aside.
  3. using a stand mixer or electric mixer, whip the the egg whites on medium-high until they get nice and fluffy.  a little at a time, add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until soft peaks form.  a spoonful at a time, fold the egg whites into the batter.  (the batter with start out thick and will become more and more airy as the white are incorporated.)
  4. spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the cake pulls from the sides a bit.
  5. place cake on a rack and let cool completely.
  6. while the cake is cooling, make your berries.  place the berries in a bowl, stir in the kombucha, and sugar.  stir the berries occasionally for about 30 minutes.  
  7. top the cake with macerated strawberries, and a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds.  slice and serve.

flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries & a brunch | dolly and oatmeal
flourless almond cake w/ kombucha macerated berries & a brunch | dolly and oatmeal

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passion fruit + lemon-ginger fresca (and a giveaway, too!) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


around this time each year i dream up of some sort of tropical vacation that never seems to pan out.  i fantasize about adventures through balmy rainforests, white sand beaches, tan lines - maybe an overly sweetened tropical drink with one of those paper umbrellas. it seems like forever ago when we honeymooned in costa rica. we visited during the wet season, and on top of that we stayed in a tree house in a rain forest canopy- which was super dope - but our host explained that the humidity was at about 110%.  so wet it truly was!  at least once a day we would try to get down to the beach to relieve ourselves of the oppressive humidity and moisture.  down we laid our incessantly wet towels on the sand and ran down the shore to the cool, refreshing waves.  once we were back on our towels a man with a humble juice cart fitted with a machete would ask if we wanted a fresh drink.  frank would get fresh coconut water, while i would usually get mango batido (made from fresh fruit, water, and ice). it was the most heavenly and enlivening thing to touch my parched mouth that i can still taste it if i think about it hard enough :)

so, whenever the doldrums of winter hit, you can usually find me summoning tropical vibes in some sort of fancy beverage.  this year with so many friends and family going dry for january, wanting to keep their diets clean, or giving their digestive system a bit of a break, i thought there was no better thing than to fuse 2 of my favorite things to drink: tropical batidos + kombucha!  KeVita's kombucha is one of those super power beverages i love to slurp on its own, the thought of all those beneficial probiotics aiding my digestion and my wonky immune system leaves me feeling invigorated and comforted. while this is a loose interpretation of a batido, the fresh fruit juice mixed with KeVita's Sparkling Probiotic lemon-ginger drink (my flavor of choice) is a new favorite! the lemon and ginger whole plant extracts that KeVita uses, mixed with fresh passion fruit juice and a bit of passion fruit seeds make this my non-alcoholic go-to that is awesome for a late afternoon sipper or a more luxurious evening beverage. 

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passion fruit + lemon-ginger fresca  

i use passion fruit here because i love its flavor and the texture its seeds lend to the drink.  however, passion fruit can be hard to locate in some places around the globe, so another tropical fruit juice like that from mango, dragonfruit, papaya, or pineapple would work beautifully here as well!

| serves 1 |

  • ice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh passion fruit juice*
  • 4 ounces KeVita lemon ginger Sparkling Probiotic Drink
  • 1-2 tablespoons mineral water or sparkling water
  • fresh thyme springs, for serving
  • passion fruit pulp, for serving

*passion fruit juice

  • 1 ripe passion fruit
  • 2 tablespoons water


method

  1. in a lowball glass or a glass equivalent in size, add a couple pieces of ice, the passion fruit juice, lemon ginger sparkling probiotic, and 1-2 tablespoons sparkling water (depending on the size of your glass).  garnish with a sprig or two of fresh thyme and a good spoonful of passion fruit pulp and seeds. 

enjoy!

*to make the passion fruit juice, cut the passion fruit in half. use a spoon to scoop out the flesh and seeds; add to a blender along with the 2 tablespoons of water.  blend on high for 1 minute.  strain the juice over a bowl with a fine mesh sieve.  transfer juice to a lidded jar and refrigerate until ready to use. 


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