Lavender in your latte? It might seem a little strange to combine fresh flowers with a sweet creamy beverage, but once you try it, you will understand! Lavender has been used for centuries for its incredible calming benefits.  Mainly used for calming stress and anxiety, lavender has created quite a name for itself.  It is also noted to be helpful with tummy troubles, indigestion, bloating and even restlessness.  Lavender delivers a floral, slightly sweet and elegant flavor to salads, soups, meat and seafood dishes, desserts, cheeses, baked goods and lattes like this one!  For most cooking recipes, it is the dried flowers that are used, although the leaves may also be used. Only the buds or flowers contain the essential oil of Lavender which is where the scent and flavor are best noted.  In this Lavender Latte recipe, we use actual fresh lavender flowers.  You can use dried lavender flowers which can usually be found in an herb and spice shop, farmer’s market or your local health food store. 

This “latte” contains no actual coffee, as that could defeat the calming effect of the lavender.  AGGGHHHH, CAFFEINE! Aaaaaahh, lavender.  AGGGHHHHHH CAFFEINE!!! Aaaaaahh, lavender.  Yeah, that might confuse your brain!! You can think of this as more of a tea if that helps you wrap your head around it! You will need a stove or cooktop for this recipe.  You will combine your almond milk and lavender flowers in a small pot and warm. Make sure to watch it closely.  Just before it hits a boil, take it off the heat.  If you forget about your pot, your milk could bubble over and make a big mess!  Once you take your mixture off the heat, let it sit for about five minutes or so.  You can then add sweetener of your choice.  We recommend local and raw honey for sweetness.  You can also try stevia extract (You can try the vanilla crème version), raw coconut sugar or agave if you want extra taste.   We use almond milk in our Lavender Latte, but you can choose which milk you prefer.  There are many great choices when it comes to non-dairy milks.  Cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, rice milk.  They are all great sources of nutrition and will complement almost any latte!    Once you add your sweetener, pour your latte through a strainer and into your cup of choice.  We are pouring our Lavender Lattes into our Healthy Human Cruiser in Mulberry.  Our stainless steel cruisers will keep your beverages nice and warm for up to 12 hours or cold for over 24 hours! That is 2x’s longer than traditional mugs, plastic or flimsy one and done disposable cups. Just as comfortable at home or travel, this cup was built for real life. So go ahead, fill it up and enjoy your healthy life!

If you are looking for something light to complement this Lavender Latte, try our Fall Salad Recipe!

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Ingredients:

about 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk (for hot beverages I prefer Blue Diamond brand, it won’t separate when hot.)

a teaspoon of dried lavender flowers (In Los Angeles I buy them at Groundworks Coffee. Look at your farmers market, specialty stores or online here.) ** we used fresh lavender

1 teaspoon of raw honey (buy here) or a few drops of plain or Vanilla Creme Stevia Extract

Directions:

The trick to heating almond milk is to not to set it on the stove and then forget it there. It will bubble over and make a mess! Put the almond milk and lavender in a small pot and bring to almost a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for five minutes or more. Then quickly reheat to desired temperature. Add sweetener, pour in a cup and kick your feet up somewhere cozy.

Source: http://mealandaspiel.com/lavender-latte/

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