best ways to enjoy homemade cold brew

The weather is starting to get warm and to me that calls for cold brew coffee. But ladies & gents, skip the line at Starbucks, save the cash and the added sugar and let’s brew some at home!

What is cold brew coffee?

Cold brew coffee, is what is sounds like, coffee that is brewed cold. You are taking your coffee grounds, steeping them in room temp water, or water that is in the fridge for 12-24 hours until you create a coffee concentrate. This coffee concentrate is incredibly strong. When you drink cold brew at your local shop, the cold brew concentrate is cut 1:1 with either coffee or milk of your choice. There are a few ways to enjoy homemade cold brew and the 1:1 cut with milk or water isn’t the only way to enjoy a fresh cold cup in the afternoon!

How To Make it?

It’s crazy to say, but cold brew is easier than brewing a pot of coffee, you just need to be more patient! I love to make a big batch ahead of time, so I can sustain my cold brew needs through the week. When you make your cold brew, start with incredibly roasted coffee that you like. The key is coffee that you love. Since cold brew is a concentrate, you are really tasting more of the flavor rather than covering it up with milk or cream.

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best ways to enjoy homemade cold brew

  • Author: Paige

Description

save the money and make delicious cold brew at home!


Ingredients

– 8 cups of water (1.8 liters)

– 8 ounces of coffee beans (pre ground)

optional:

– milk of your choice

– sugar


Instructions

1. grind your 8 ounces of coffee beans in a grinder, on a course setting and add to your container

2. to your container, add your 8 cups (1.8 liters) of water

3. stir with a wooden spoon until the grounds are fully wet

4. cover the top of your container, and set in the fridge for 12-24 hours to steep

5. line a strainer with a cheese cloth or a coffee filter with a big bowl or jar underneath the filter

6. pour your water & coffee grounds through the filter/cheese cloth into the strainer to strain out the coffee grounds

7. collect your concentrate and add back into an air tight container

8. drink when you want to and cut the concentrate 1:1 with either water or milk

9. optional: create coffee ice cubes in an ice tray for your cold brew

10. drink and enjoy!


3 Ways to Drink It!

There are many ways to drink coffee, and the beauty of this is, there is no right or wrong way to enjoy it! How you like coffee is the best way for you to enjoy your drink. I have found that the hot summer months cause my ice to melt and I prefer coffee ice cubes to keep the coffee flavor strong and the water content low. Fill your ice cube tray with cold brew concentrate, freeze them up, and add a handful to your glass. Add in 1:1 cold brew and water or milk of choice. My second favorite way to drink cold brew is to think of it as an espresso shot. Fill your glass up with ice cubes, milk and add in 4 oz of cold brew, for a creamy iced latte like drink! My third favorite way to drink cold brew is semi-traditional. I love a big class of cold concentrate, cut 1:1 with cold water with a splash of coconut milk! Tasty, refreshing and tastes like the beach!

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Chocolate Miracle Cupcakes

The “OH MY GOD” Cupcake of your Dreams!

Let me just preface you all by saying, I am not being dramatic, at all! This is The cupcake of your dreams, the “I can eat 5 of these” and the don’t feel guilty cupcake. Two years ago, I was in full swing of recipe testing and developing for our wedding cake. I knew that as a baker, I had to make my wedding cake or I really wouldn’t love what anyone else made for me. Everyday after my full time job, I would bring out my mixer, my cake pans and all the ingredients to perfect my vegan & gluten-free vanilla cake recipe! After about 3 months and 4 recipes, I created, the most delicious vanilla cake.

I consider myself someone who loves chocolate and vanilla. My goal in the end of 2018 was to create the cupcake of your dreams. A chocolate cupcake that was sugar free, gluten-free, dairy free and drumroll please….low carb!

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, I grabbed my trusty kitchenaid, a notebook and my apron and set to the kitchen. My timer buzzed, I pulled the first batch out of the oven, waited impatiently staring at the cupcakes for 15 minutes to be cool enough to remove from the cupcake tin and sliced my first cupcake in half to examine the texture.

Not only were these deeply rich in chocolate flavor, but the texture was something that rivaled a 4 star restaurant chocolate cake. Full of air pockets, moist through the center, a firm top and a nice squish when you bit into it. These cupcakes were visually a work of art, and tasted like a devil’s food box cake mix. My house smelled like a bakery. The scent of chocolate and vanilla extract coated the air and I knew this recipe needed to be shared with the world!

Let’s take a step back! How many of you have had a “gluten-free/healthy” treat that tastes like grass? Me! I have had so many bakery items that were health, vegan, gluten-free, nut free, sugar free, you name it and they all tend to be very disappointing. I do not skimp on flavor. Having dietary restrictions myself and living with celiac, I made it a point to myself, family and community of gluten-free eaters to never create a recipe that was “meh”. This recipe is truly the “OH MY GOD” Cupcake of your dreams!

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Chocolate Miracle Cupcakes

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cupcakes

Description

the healthiest cupcake you will ever eat! close to no net carbs and tastes like a boxed cake. yes you read that correctly!


Ingredients

Cake

– 1 cup of egg whites (room temperature)

– 1 tsp of baking soda

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1/2 cup of almond milk

– 1/2 cup of flax meal

– 1 tsp of peanut butter per muffin (optional filling)

– 2 tsp of stevia

– 2 tbsp of maple syrup

– 1/4 tsp of salt

– 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 tbsp of coconut flour

– 3 tbsp of melted coconut oil

Frosting

– 4 tbsp of room temp vegan butter

– 2 tbsp of cocoa powder

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup of canned coconut milk

– 3 cups of powdered sugar


Instructions

1. preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your cupcake tin (make sure you get in the edge)

2. in a bowl with either a stand mixer or a hand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip your egg whites for about 10 minutes until soft peaks form and they are white in color

3. while your egg whites are whipping, in a separate bowl mix together your dry ingredients (baking soda, baking powder, stevia, salt, cocoa powder, flax meal and coconut flour

4. when your egg whites have reached soft peaks, with the whisk attachment moving, slowly add in your coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup and almond milk

5. remove the bowl of egg whites from the mixer and slowly (1 cup at a time) fold the egg whites into the dry mixture until fluffy and fully combined. *be careful on step 5. you want to keep air in your egg whites while adding in your dry mixture this creates lightness in your cupcake*

6.add 1/2 cup to batter to each cup in your cupcake tin – if opting to add Peanut butter, add 1/4 cup of batter, a scoop of peanut butter and the remaining 1/4 cup of batter on top – repeat until batter is gone

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crackly on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

8. let the cupcakes cool for about 30-40 minutes until removing them from the tin

9. To make the frosting, cream your vegan butter in your mixer with a whisk attachment

10. add your coconut milk, cocoa powder and vanilla extract until fully combined

11. slowly add in your powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fluffy

12. using a spatula or a piping bag frost your cooled cupcakes

13. eat and enjoy!


Plain or with Frosting?

This recipe can be eaten as a chocolate muffin (without frosting) or as a cupcake for any occasion with frosting. Something that I find hard when making frosting healthy, is that you really do need a powdered sugar to help whip your vegan buttercream. Although, the cake itself in your cupcake is sugar free, a little frosting never hurt anyone! It’s simply the best of both worlds, healthy cake, rich, creamy, sweet frosting! If chosen to omit the frosting, these muffins are perfect for breakfast room temp, warmed up as an afternoon snack for tea or perfect for an after dinner indulgence!

Now that we have established the fact that this recipe is what dreams are made of, let’s start baking!

The goal with this recipe was to create a cupcake that was healthy, delicious and something you could bring to a party and surprise your friends with its flavor and health! If you guys make these, please tag me in your Instagram pictures so I can see your creations! Cheers to happy baking and a healthy life!


blood orange carrot spring-tini!

Spring is one of my favorite seasons! I’m a spring babies (yay for Aries!)! Ever since I was a kid, March marked the first official day of Spring in my eyes!

A spring lover, citrus enthusiast and very much into this spring-tini recipe! Spring signifies more of a refresh to me than the new year. There is something so inviting about sitting outside when the weather starts to get nice again, revisiting all the familiarity of the warm weather just a year earlier and listening to the birds chirp in their happiness that just warms my soul.  

I talk a lot on my instagram and my blogs for Health-Ade about finding happiness within. The idea of personal motivation and growth is something that I push myself to feel daily. When I feel the warmth of the sun peeking out behind clouds after a long and cold winter, the self love and positively that got me through the grey winter shines light on the truth of my goals.

As a true spring lover, I created the freshest tasting Spring-tini to get those winter blues in the past! With the help of arguably one of the most refreshing flavors from Health-Ade, the Blood Orange Carrot, this Spring-tini makes any party better! Have no fear! If you don’t drink alcohol there is a mocktail recipe as well!

Let’s Shake it up!

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blood orange carrot spring-tini!

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 3

Description

perfect cocktail for a night on the porch enjoying the spring weather!


Ingredients

– 1 full bottle of blood orange carrot Health-Ade Kombucha

– 1 handful of ice

– 6oz of tequila

– juice from 1 lime

– juice from 1 blood orange

– 1 tsp agave nectar


Instructions

1. in a cocktail shaker add all your ingredients together including your ice

2. gently shake for about 30 seconds

* note kombucha does have a light bubble so don’t screw your shaker top on super tight

3. pour into 3 coupe glasses and enjoy with a garnish of blood orange

4. drink responsibly and enjoy!


Notes

*can omit tequila for a non-alcoholic version, please drink responsibly

 

This recipe is the perfect afternoon backyard party sip to take you right into Spring! When I created this recipe, I wanted to create the full embodiment of what this season means. The transition of new life with tulips blooming, the brightness of the sun, baby animals being born. The season of life and energy, Spring is about new chapters, fresh starts and even better the transition of Winter produce of citrus with the bright colors of flowers and blossoms! Bring brightness into your spring, with some pep in your step!

Step aside Winter, and welcome Spring with the most festive Spring cocktail out there! Tag me in your posts so I can see how you are welcoming Spring into your life! And always, stay positive, stay happy and enjoy some Health-Ade!


gluten-free & vegan chocolate protein cookies

This recipe has been in my books for a while now! After weeks of testing different protein powders and nut butters, I finally have found the perfect ratio! Think of the softest brownie, mixed with the crisp edges of a cookie with melted peanut butter on top. I mean straight PERFECTION!

These cookies are not only delicious but they are the easiest cookies to make! Just a few simple ingredients, packed with fiber and protein!

Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my absolute favorite flavors together. I love how the creamy peanut butter offsets the sharp notes in chocolate and adds depth to both flavors. When baking with protein powder, there is a delicate balance of adding flavor to make it still taste light and fresh instead of chalky. With vegan protein powders especially, the pea protein adds a grassy flavor to the protein, but this is easily muted with the fat and flavor of nut butter!

Let’s start baking!

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gluten-free & vegan chocolate protein cookies

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 27 minutes

Description

easy, tasty and healthy!


Ingredients

– 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

– 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 tbsp of coconut oil (melted)

– 2 scoops of chocolate vegan protein powder

– 2 tbsp of flax meal

– 1/2 tsp of stevia

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– 1 tbsp of melted peanut butter


Instructions

1. preheat your oven to 350° F

2. in a bowl mix together your creamy peanut butter, melted

coconut oil and vanilla extract until combined

3. next add in your cocoa powder, protein powder, stevia, baking powder, flax

4. form 2″ cookie dough balls and place on a baking sheet, continue until all batter is used

5. bake for 12 minutes and let cool on a baking sheet

6. once cool, melt your remaining 1 tbsp of peanut butter and drizzle over your cookies

7. eat and enjoy!


Let me know what you think and tag me in your photos on instagram! I love seeing your creations! Share the love and who doesn’t love a healthy cookie?!


gluten-free apple spice cupcakes

Leaves have fallen, the air is starting to get REALLY crisp and all I can think about is apple spice, cinnamon and cozy nights by the fire! Apples and all things cinnamon make my heart sing, truly apple season is the most wonderful time of the year!

I live in a neighborhood here in Utah that is known for the abundance of fruit trees! When the weather started getting cool enough, apple blossoms started to bloom and form buds. Soon, the trees were heavy with apples and ready to pick! I have been knees deep in our neighborhood harvest and loving every moment of it!  

From baked apples and cinnamon, to apple fritters and now my kombucha apple spice cupcakes, I have been embracing the harvest! Last year was my first year hosting Thanksgiving dinner. We were living in Florida and it was just my husband, me, and our friend. It was our first holiday as a married couple, and our friends first holiday away from his family. I wanted to make it the best holiday ever. I cooked for 2 days to prep dinner and it was a real success! This year, we are going to my parents house with 20 other people and I am in charge of curating the menu! SCORE! Since my sister and I both have celiac, we are having a 100% gluten free dinner with some vegan options as well! For inspiration, follow along our Thanksgiving menu below!

We’re starting the meal off with tons of fresh roasted vegetables with herbs and hearty mashed potatoes! A side of cornbread, a big green salad with roasted squash and pomegranates, sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, and the main event being a roasted turkey! At the moment I am keeping my kombucha apple spice cupcakes at the forefront, and will add a few pies to the menu probably the day of!

These cupcakes are super easy to make, and clean-up is a breeze! The full pieces of apple baked into the middle add a great deal of texture and flavor. A subtle pink lady apple icing tops off the palate and brings the meal full circle!

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gluten-free apple spice cupcakes

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes

Description

full of apples, flavor and fall deliciousness!


Ingredients

Cake:

– 3 peeled and cubed green apples

– 1 cup of pink lady apple Health-Ade Kombucha

– 1/2 cup of vegan butter

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

– 1 tsp ground cinnamon

– 2 cups of sugar

– 1 tsp of vanilla extract

– 1/2 tsp ground ginger

– 3 cups of gluten-free flour blend

Streusel:

– 1 tbsp of vegan butter

– 2 tbsp of gluten free oats

– pinch of ground cinnamon

Icing:

– 2 tbsp of pink lady apple kombucha

– 1/2 cup of powdered sugar


Instructions

  1. preheat your oven to 350°F and grease or line your cupcake tin
  2. in a small saucepan on medium low heat, reduce your kombucha and sugar together until fragrant and brown in color, once brown add your butter and let it reduce further about 5 minutes
  3. peel and cube your apples in preparation for your cupcakes
  4. in a bowl add your flour, spices, remaining cup of sugar and baking powder, stir until combined
  5. pour your reduced liquid into the bowl of the dry ingredients and whisk until there are no clumps
  6. fold your cubed apples into the batter until evenly combined
  7. in a smaller separate bowl combine your streusel ingredients and set aside
  8. scoop about 1 cup of batter into each cupcake mold, top with crumb topping and bake for 15-22 minutes until golden brown
  9. remove from the oven and let cool completely
  10. mix together your kombucha and powdered sugar to form an icing, drizzle over cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

Double the recipe, drop them off at a local retirement home or homeless shelter and share the joy of home cooking with your local community! That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, being thankful for the moments you have and the ability to share those joys with your friends, family and community. Give the gift of joy, cheerfulness and love this Thanksgiving. A smile, and a fresh baked cupcake can go a long way! Cheers to a healthy and happy holiday season.


fall sangria

I feel like this year has just flown by and now the season of fall is upon us. It might come to a surprise to many of you but fall & winter are my favorite season ever. To be really specific I love late fall when it’s practically winter and porch sitting is crisp, fresh and enjoyable.

Since I was a little kid, our family meals consisted of tons of local, in season vegetables served both warm and cold. This tradition has followed me into my everyday as an adult and I have transformed my husbands diet as well. Eating locally and seasonally is extremely sustainable and helps eliminate food waste, not to mention keeps the money in the community.

The leaves are starting to change in my northern Utah neighborhood and I am seeing fresh winter squash, thick leafy greens and pomegranates fill the booths at the farmers market and our local grocery store. There is something so Martha Stewart magazine about the way these shapes, colors and smells all work together. Like Mother Nature is thanking us for enjoying the fruits of the earth. Pomegranate is hands down one of my favorite flavors and I can easily eat 7 a week when they come into season. Luckily, Health-Ade has pomegranate kombucha to keep me satisfied on the off season. One of my all time favorite ways to drink Health-Ade (in an adult way) is in my fall sangria!

Easy to make & delicious to drink!

As you can see from my sangria recipes, all the fruit involved (even the grapes) are seasonal to fall. When I was first shopping on my own for food in college, I found myself printing out seasonal shopping lists to take with me to the store to make sure I was being as efficient as possible. Fast forward, to today, eating and shopping this way has become routine, but I have put together an October seasonal shopping list for you to jump on the bandwagon!

I’d love for you to use your seasonal findings in a delicious way and tag me on instagram so I can follow along. The beauty about seasonal fruits and vegetables is that they all mend together so beautifully, both color and taste wise. Grab a friend, some wine and let’s make some seasonal sangria!

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fall sangria

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Description

perfect for a chilly night at home!


Ingredients

– 1 bottle of pomegranate kombucha

– 1 bottle of pinot noir

– 1/2 of a cubed pear

– 2 tbsp of triple sec

– 2 tbsp of simple syrup

– seeds from 1 pomegranate

– 5 halved ripe figs

– 1/2 cubed apple


Instructions

  1. wash and cube your fruit
  2. add your wine, kombucha, triple sec and simple syrup to a pitcher and stir together
  3. add in your cubed fruit and let sit for 30 minutes to marinate
  4. pour in a glass and enjoy!