Lavender & mint mojito

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Oh summertime! I am so glad my tan has returned, the swamp cooler is cranked up and it is once again acceptable to drink a summery cocktail with dinner every day. Mojitos are my favorite thing in the world and my husband makes the best minty drink ever.  Today however I really wanted a mojito and my husband was gone and since he hates lavender I thought it was the perfect time to try to make this drink myself.

Mojitos are really easy to make and are great on its own or with a bit of rum  for a little bit of fun.  You will need a lavender simple syrup for this recipe  and this one  from ‘The view from this great island’ is amazing. Once you have your syrup  you just need mint, lime, some sparkling water and a splash of rum!

If you have never had a mojito be prepared to become addicted. . . no seriously.

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Makes 2 mason jars full

What you need

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Mint- add as much as you like, I like a lot and use about a palm full for 2 drinks
  • 4 limes
  • 1/4 c lavender syrup
  • 2 cups mineral water
  • splash of  white rum each
  • ice- crushed is best and sadly I was out

How to make it

  • in a bowl or cup put the sugar and mint together and muddle it, read THIS on proper muddling
  • add muddles mint and sugar to mason jars, add ice
  • juice 4 limes and add juice to jars
  • add lavender syrup and  mineral  water
  • add a splash of run
  • mix the drink up with a spoon or  use one of THESE fancy  bar spoons

 

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Coconut lavender cookies

coconut lavender cookies

I know , I know I have too many recipe with  coconut and lavender. I can’t help it, honestly I think I might have a problem but I don’t care because coconut and lavender is delicious! My family would beg ti differ however since my daughter absolutely hates coconut and my husband hates anything lavender.  I may or may not have made these cookies  all for myself anyway. These are just sweet enough to satisfy your craving but wont give you a sugar high, this can be dangerous since you will be more inclined to eat the entire batch in one sitting.  These are perfect for tea parties too, add a little icing for extra sweetness!

What you need

  • 1 c White whole wheat flour
  • 1 c shredded sweetened coconut, I recommend an all natural brand like THIS
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 tbsp lavender
  • 6 tbsp  coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs

How to make it

  • In a bowl mix together shredded coconut, baking powder, lavender and flour
  • mix in the oil  and sugar until well blended
  • mix in eggs
  • grab  a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball, press down onto baking sheet
  • bake at 275 for 15 minutes

Raw lavender chocolate cream pie

Raw chocolate lavender cream pie

Spring has sprung and lavender is all I crave lately. I have been going to my neighborhood cafe frequently for lavender mocha and lavender Italian sodas galore and the other day I finally remembered to soak some cashews and almonds to make my favorite raw pie.

There is nothing quite like laying on  a blanket under newly green trees with a giant glass of lemon ice water and a slice of cold raw pie, oh spring how I love you.

This pie is quite simple to make and besides  having to soak the nuts overnight it is pretty quick as well. When I make it I usually make it first thing in the morning so I can have it for afternoon picnics or for dessert. Try it with raw banana ice cream mmmmmmmmm!

What you need

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 c raw cashews
  • 1/2  c raw hazelnuts
  • 1/2 c raw honey
  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 1/4 c raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp dried or fresh lavender
  • 2 tbsp water

How to make it 

  • The night before or at least 3 hours prior soak the almonds and cashews in separate bowls of water, drain when done
  • in a food processor or blender process almonds, hazelnuts  and dates until pasty, the nuts will still be a bit chunky when done
  • press almond “crust”  into a pie pan that has been greased with coconut oil
  • in a food processor or blender puree cashews, honey,lavender,  coconut oil, cacao powder, coconut oil and a couple tbsp water until smooth
  • put puree in pie dish and smooth over
  • tap pie on counter to release air bubbles
  • cover in plastic wrap and put in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
  • enjoy!

Berry, lavender & coconut milk scones

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The weekend is here which means it’s time for a sugary sweet treat in our house. With the sun shining and the weather a bit warmer I was craving a treat  with a bit of lavender. Lavender is one of my favorite ingredients for sweet treats and it adds a subtle floral flavor to  your food and makes the house smells amazing when baking.

My daughter was having a sleepover as well and I wanted to make a pretty treat that the girls could eat with a cup of tea while wearing adorable  dress up clothes. Scones are super easy and quick to make and  with only 3 tablespoon of sugar they aren’t sweet enough to make the kids act like wild things all night long.

I have a yogurt & milk  scone recipe I usually use but since I had a bit of coconut milk left over from our valentines day dessert I decided to use it in place of milk to add a bit of flavor and yummies. This scone is super moist and even more so with the added berries. I guarantee these scones will go quickly, mine were almost gone before I could finish photographing them. Let me know what you think and I would LOVE to see your results!

What you need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup berries  (I used a bicture of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, i like Nancy’s
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, I use native forest
  • 1 tablespoon lavender

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How to make it:

  • preheat oven to 350
  • Mix flour, baking powder and lavender together
  • Cut  butter into chunks and  mix into flour  with your hands
  • Add berries and mix lightly until berries are completely covered in flour mixture
  • mix yogurt and coconut milk together
  • add into dough slowly, mixing with your hands until it is no longer sticky
  • form into a ball and put on a floured surface  and roll out to a 1/2 inch round
  • cut into 8 triangle pieces
  • Place on a greased baking sheet and cook at 300 for 15 minutes or until edges are brown
  • These scones will feel a bit  moist when you take them out the oven but will harden up once cooled

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