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


  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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GOLDEN CAULIFLOWER KABOCHA SOUP by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

it’s been raining for a few days straight here in socal, and i couldn’t be happier. life is slower, food is warmer, and we all just hunker down and get cozy. this past saturday night we made pizza, watched finding nemo (for the millionth time) and ate dinner on the couch. - ultimate cozy-ing down. to be honest, i haven;t made a single soup this entire fall/winter, so this golden number was long overdue.

if you’ve hung around this blog long enough, you may know i have an affinity for kabocha squash (if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a japanese winter squash variety that is has a beautiful velvet texture when it’s cooked, and an earthy, yet sweet flavor). i use it for soup, biscuits, and even chocolate muffins. it lends such a lovely texture to just about anything it touches.

this golden cauliflower kabocha squash combines cooked cauliflower and roasted kabocha giving you the silkiest, creamiest soup i’ve ever made. we use a few aromatics and spices to give this soup a flavor profile. i wanted something warming and cozy, so naturally i went with ginger and turmeric, with some cumin thrown in there for an extra little flavor nudge. the best part though comes when you add the (plant-based) yogurt. it gives this earthy-sweet soup some much needed tang. i hope you get the chance to make this soup, it’s a good one!

happy january, loves! xo

golden cauliflower kabocha soup | v

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- you can substitute the kabocha squash with any winter squash variety you have on hand (although i really urge you to find a kabocha squash if you can).

| makes 4 servings |

  • half of a large kabocha squash (or 1 small one)

  • avocado oil (or another high heat oil)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1-inch knob ginger, peeled and minced

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into evenly sized florets

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 32 ounces (1 quart) low sodium vegetable stock

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened greek-style almond milk yogurt (preferably this brand, but i also like this one by so delicious)

  • salt & pepper


  • toasted sesame seeds

  • chopped chives

  • microgreens

  • toasty bread


  1. preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment. rub the cut side of the squash with avocado oil, and place cut side down onto the prepared baking sheet. roast for 45-60 minutes, until cooked through and tender. remove from the oven and let rest until it’s cool enough to handle. once cool, spoon out and discard the stringy center and seeds.

  2. heat a large soup pot over medium heat. once hot, add the oil and onions and cook, stirring every now and then until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. add the garlic and ginger, and cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute, stirring, until fragrant. add the cauliflower and spices, and stir, cook the cauliflower until slightly soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. add the stock, turn up to the heat and bring the soup to a simmer. let the soup simmer until the cauliflower is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.

  4. add the roasted kabocha squash, and give everything a stir, breaking up the squash.. remove the soup from the heat, and let cool for about 10 minutes.

  5. carefully transfer the soup into a blender (i prefer using a high speed blender, but a traditional blender, immersion blender, or a food processor with work too), add the yogurt, and salt & pepper to taste. blend on high for about 1 minute, tasting the soup and adjusting the salt if necessary, until the soup is silky smooth.

  6. pour the soup back into your soup pot, and heat it over medium heat until nice and hot.

  7. divide soup between your bowls, and top with chopped herbs, toasted sesame seeds, microgreens, and your favorite toasted bread.

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Sunshine Mung Bean Spread w/ Gluten Free Za'atar Flatbread by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

meals in general have taken on a life of their own.  when amesy was a teeny babe he slept quite often, and so in between those times i was able to get things done. while his naps are more routine these days, they're much less frequent, and shorter, so the need to get creative and make every moment count is essential in order to get anything done.  if you follow me over on instagram then you might be aware of my new found love for meal prepping.  before having a baby i always strived to dedicate a day during the week for preparing meal components but it was never an essential thing to get frank and i through the week.  but now, especially with amesy starting to eat solids, a dedicated meal prep day is super crucial.  having plenty of dips and spreads is another thing that is kind of vital around here.  i use them to dress up a lunch/dinner bowl, or for a nourishing snack with cut veg and/or crackers or bread.

but more importantly, we're honoring two wonderful humans today, who are going to need all the feel-good snacks that people with a little one need to have.  sonja and alex from a couple cooks, just welcomed their beautiful boy, larson ames to the world and i'm just overflowing with happiness for them.  and if a new baby isn't sweet enough, sonja told me that larson's middle name, ames, was inspired by our little amesy which always brings tears of joy to my eyes every time i think about it.  sonja is the first one to always organize and put together virtual baby showers for so many of us lucky ducks, she goes above and beyond, even when the days were trying.  so i'm beyond delighted to share in this special occasion with her and alex, and so many other bloggers today.  welcome, welcome, little larson!  you are one lucky little guy! and thank you to melissa, sarah, and ashley for putting this baby shower together! 

for this dip i used my favorite pulse: mung beans (also know as moong dal which is the split variety).  essentially, pulses are the seeds of plants in the legume family, they include: chickpeas, lentils, beans and split peas.  i love mung beans  mostly because they're easy on the digestive system (especially when they're soaked or sprouted), but also because they're an all-star bean, packed with a great number of vitamins and minerals, plus they're a great source of protein.  it varies week to week, but i usually prepare a few different pulses to eat throughout the week, but i'm upping my game even more so because this month but I’m doing my best this month to meet the nutritional guidelines for pulses, eating ½ cup serving of the nutritious ingredients 3 times per week.  pulses are not only easy to make, and super versatile (i wrote an entire book on chickpea flour, so you know they can do a lot!), but they're a sustainable food that are drought tolerant, water efficient, and they enrich the soil where they grow making them a natural fertilizer.  

this post was created in partnership with usa pulses & pulse canada.  all thoughts and opinions, as always, are my own.  thank your for supporting the sponsors that help keep dolly and oatmeal going!  

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sunshine mung bean spread w/ gluten free za'atar flatbread

you can use any pulse here really, but be aware that there might be differences in consistency, and therefore you may need to add more or less tahini or water.  

sunshine spread (makes about 2 cups)

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked mung beans (i like using this sprouted variety)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • sea salt & fresh pepper, to taste
  • sumac, for garnish
  • fresh dill and microgreens or pea shoots, for garnish

gluten free za'atar flatbread (makes four 5-6-inch flatbreads) 

  • 1 1/4 cup filtered warm water (105°-115°F)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 packet instant yeast (approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 teaspoons psyllium husk powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1/4 cup za'atar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. in a blender or food processor, blend the mung beans, tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic, spices, and salt and pepper to taste.  continue blending the mixture scraping down the sides of blender or bowl until the spread is smooth and creamy.  add more water if needed to get your desired consistency.  transfer the spread to a bowl, cover with cling wrap, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. make the dough.  in a bowl, whisk together the water and sugar until it is dissolved.  sprinkle in the yeast and let it proof until the surface it foamy, about 10 minutes.  
  3. in a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except the oil.  use a wooden spoon to make a well in the center of the flour, then add the yeast mixture and olive oil. stir until dough is mixed.  cover the bowl loosely with cling wrap and allow to dough to rise in a warm place (i preheat my oven to warm - about 150°F - and shut it off about 10 minutes before placing the dough inside) until the dough doubles in size, about 30-45 minutes.  
  4. preheat oven to 500°F and place a baking stone inside (or a cookie sheet).  line a cookie sheet with parchment and set aside.  divide the dough in half and wrap one half in cling wrap, place in the freezer for another time.  place the other half of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet and dust with more brown rice flour.  divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and use your fingers to press it out, using more flour if needed to prevent sticking, until you have four 5-6-inch rounds.  cut any parchment hanging over (to prevent any extra paper from burning.) cover the dough with a clean dishcloth to puff up slightly, about 15-20 minutes. 
  5. whisk together the za'atar and oil, and spoon it over the dough rounds, using about 3-4 spoonfuls to sufficiently cover the tops. use the cookie sheet to carefully shuffle the parchment and doughs onto the baking stone.  bake until golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. et the za'atar bread cool slightly.  
  6. serve 1 piece of za'atar bread with 1/2 cup mung bean spread, some sliced veggies, and olives. 

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