Maca caramel frap (healthy delicious + #vegan!)pin it!
Sorry I kinda bailed on you guys for a bit there..! We had inquired with builders about all these different repairs/outdoor things for our house a while ago, and randomly all of these dudes were available over the last week and a half. Having people at your place making loud noises all day every day for a period of time isn’t exactly my favourite thing, but I’m grateful that it all came together. And we got our new patio! Hella cookouts coming our way ASAP. We’re getting a section of our roof re-shingled today, but other than that, I think we’re in the clear for a bit. So much relief!

This holiday weekend is generally the jump-off point for summer around here. We haven’t planned anything too out of the ordinary for the upcoming months. Some camping, lots of gardening, beach trips, drive-in movie nights, lots of get-togethers, maybe a few road trips thrown in there too. Basically all the things we can do with our dog in tow ;) I spent last summer living and breathing my cookbook, so it’ll be nice to just do things because I feel like it. It’s kind of nerdy, but I’m very excited about it all. Here’s a couple links for very casual reading and an incredible little Starbucks frap rip, made super healthy of course. The flavour and lusciousness of this one kinda made me roll my eyes back when I had the first sip. Hope you guys love it! Enjoy the (long!) weekend, too :D

I love the photography on Sweetish! It feels cozy and familiar, but it’s still heart-stopping pretty.

I received a smattering of these natural cleaning products a couple weeks ago, and they’re just lovely. The bergamot-scented hand soap is such a great dose of aromatherapy. Bright and sort of familiar because of the earl grey-vibe.

This farmer helped start the organic strawberry farming industry in California, and I love his determination. Big change always starts with simple ideas like wanting a crop to taste good, or making changes so that workers can live better. Inspiring!

I love that Ruby Tandoh (she was amazing on The Great British Bake Off) and this essay on how unhealthy one’s conceptions of “clean eating” can really be is spot on. It frightens me when I read about certain food restrictions packaged in the language of morality from an internet/media personality. It’s irresponsible. The subtle undertones of “wellness” can be confusing and frustrating if you’re a thinking and feeling person trying to take hold of your health.

Elon Musk, seriously!

On the general weirdness of “before and after” photos, and tracking progress through your comfort in the present moment instead. Also, Meghan Telpner is great.

Screen breaks are very necessary. Ugly-up your iPhone by turning on greyscale to expedite this process ;)

The Positive Lexicography Project + emotions/relations that are familiar, but hard to explain in your own language. (My favourite one so far: Orenda (Huron, n.): the power of the human will to change the world in the face of powerful forces)

I did a couple interviews recently! One over on Fresheather and one on Helen Pockett.

Print the recipe here!
NOTES: I would aim for a richer plant milk, like a coconut based one or even a mixture (like nutpods or similar). Also, since you’re incorporating raw cashews into this one, I think a high speed blender may be best. I’ve done this with cashews soaked for 4 hours, and cashews soaked for 10 minutes in boiling water, both with the same results. You need to use the fudge-y Medjool dates for this drink because they bring out that caramel flavour.

1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours in cold water (or 10 minutes in boiling water)
2 soft Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
handful of ice cubes
1/2-1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 cup cold brewed coffee
1/4 cup plant-based milk

Combine all of the ingredients in an upright blender. Blend the mixture on high until smooth and frothy. Enjoy immediately.

  • valentina | sweet kabocha21/05/2016 - 5:03 am

    I’m not a smoothie person, but this one seems really delicious! Anyway, that infographic about Elon Musk is just amazing :D He’s a genius!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey21/05/2016 - 6:03 am

    Like always this looks amazing;)ReplyCancel

  • Ashlae21/05/2016 - 9:38 am

    LOVED that essay on clean eating. And Ruby, she’s a gem. The smoothie sounds SO delicious, babe. I don’t have any maca on hand but I’m going to swap in some lucuma. ;) XOReplyCancel

    • Ashlae28/05/2016 - 11:56 am

      Came back to let you know that I’ve made this three times (it’s an excellent post-dinner treat) (with decaf cold brew OF COURSE) and Thom – a self-proclaimed coffee h8r – couldn’t even tell there was coffee in it!!!!!!!!!!! Part of me wanted to tell him but I’m secretly enjoying the art of turning him into a coffee lover.ReplyCancel

  • Agnes {Cashew Kitchen}21/05/2016 - 10:52 am

    Uhh sounds so incredibly good! Just lying in bed reading, super tired after an epic walk through like 5 different suburbs (exploring moving options), so a sweet-ish coffee drink is exactly what I need right now <3
    Gonna continue to read that one about the "unhealthyness" (is that a word?) of clean eating now, cause there's really nothing that frustrates me more right now than people trying to tell me what's good/bad or safe/dangerous for me to eat. We truly live in an eating disordered society :/
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!ReplyCancel

  • eleanor21/05/2016 - 8:09 pm

    that essay by ruby tandoh is really, really well done. i truly agree with everything she said and it really hit home for me. i also loved that little article about thinking about health and comfort in a different way – it cheered me up so much :) thanks for doing these posts Laura, they’re the best!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full22/05/2016 - 9:04 am

    Reading that diagram about Elon Musk was insane! It’s crazy to think about how one person can come from such humble beginnings and do so much – make such a big impact on our culture.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie22/05/2016 - 5:50 pm

    I love the sound of construction…said no one ever. XD Outdoor cookouts are definitely something you should be looking forward too! I would also LOVE to try incorporating more maca into my diet too–it’s delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Allyson22/05/2016 - 6:53 pm

    Congrats on the patio! I devoured that clean eating article. It’s so hard to talk about healthy food sometimes, but it’s so important. Listening to your body and eating a variety of foods seems to be the best philosophy, but that’s a little harder to distill into a slogan than a gluten-free, sugar-free diet.ReplyCancel

  • Wow what a beautiful smoothie – I have limited kitchen space and I don’t have a high powered blender, but could I make this with cashew nut butter? If it’s just 100% cashews I mean?

    This smoothie looks delicious and I love the straw!ReplyCancel

    • Laura23/05/2016 - 7:13 am

      Thanks Angela! I think that could totally work! Maybe start with 2 tablespoons and work up if it needs to be richer? Let me know what it’s like if you try it!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Vegan Heaven23/05/2016 - 5:00 am

    This smoothie looks so delicious and I love that you sweetened it with bananas and dates! :-)ReplyCancel

  • robyn | sweetish.co24/05/2016 - 6:58 pm

    Laura I’m beyond flattered to be included in your list of links let alone the kind words you said about my photography. Thank you! All the heart eye emojis and hearts and dancing ladies. You’ve made my week.


    1. Congrats on your new patio, yay for it being done just in time for summer!
    2. This smoothie / pick me up drink looks amaze, I wish it would just magically appear in front of me.
    3. Can’t wait to dig more into these links. You’re inspiring me to do the same (share links!) xoReplyCancel

  • Jan12/06/2016 - 12:38 pm

    Instead of using an additional plant based milk I would just soak more cashews and use cashew milk as the base… ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Lyons06/02/2017 - 1:59 pm

    Added some plain yogurt to give it some tartness. Absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

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