Whether it’s oil rubbed on your skin, bubbles in your bath, or dried and sprinkled atop your favorite morning muffin, lavender is an essential ingredient to help promote relaxation and calm. This delicate, yet hardy flowering plant belongs to the mint family and has 450 different varieties! With a vividly purple flower and intoxicating aroma, lavender is one of the most useful, beautiful, and aromatic plants to have in your home or garden.
This flower has many other uses besides sprucing and freshening your home. Lavender has been used in ancient medicine for over 2500 years. It’s been known to promote sleep, treat skin blemishes, reduce pain, help reduce blood pressure and inflammation, and it even has anti-bacterial properties!
Yet, lavender is most well-known for its ability to promote relaxation. This is mostly due to the fact that lavender “works as an anxiolytic (an anxiety reliever) and as a sedative,” interacting with the “neurotransmitter GABA to help quiet the brain and nervous system activity, reducing agitation, anger, aggression, and restlessness.” It also helps that lavender’s scent is incredibly calming. When infused into a recipe, it’s not only sweet and savory but calming from the inside out.
Here are a handful of sweet lavender recipes from the Food Monster App to delight the palate and relax the body!
Source: Banana Chocolate Lavender Bars
These Banana Chocolate Lavender Bars by Jessica Bose are super simple, gluten-free, unsweetened cocoa powder-rich brownies. Bose creatively uses a tablespoon of lavender buds to make these banana-sweetened brownies an anxiety-reducing delight.
These Strawberry Rose and Berry Lavender Tarts by Maria Koutsogiannis are the perfect pretty touch to a dinner party or your own personal treat! Nutrient-rich with coconut oil, chia seeds, and almonds, naturally sweetened with berries, Medjool dates, and strawberries, and infused with calming lavender water or buds and edible rose petals.
Think lavender is just for desserts? Think again with this Berry Lavender Poached Pears with Granola recipe by Melina Kutelas. Using a base of gluten-free rolled oats, buckwheat groats, and almonds, this berry and lavender sweetened granola will perk you up, keep you going, and keep your head firmly planted on your shoulders all day long!
Source: Lavender Truffles
The key to this Lavender Truffles recipe by Natasha Minocha is using 70 percent dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is filled with powerful antioxidants, especially if it’s over 70 percent. This super simple recipe calls for only three ingredients — dark chocolate, dried lavender, and coconut cream — and these delicious bites take only 10 minutes to make!
Source: Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream
Ice cream is that all-around, wonderful, always cherished sweet treat to live in your freezer. This Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream recipe by Melissa Haithcock asks for fresh lavender making this traditional, classic snack the perfect vegan, grain-free, calming retreat.
Lavender and rose are both sweet, yet savory natural agents that are excellent to infuse your favorite beverage, such as this Slow-Cooker Lavender Rose Hot Chocolate recipe by Kathy Hester. Five ingredients, two steps, and you’ve got a calming, lightly sweetened, aromatic hot chocolate.
Source: Vanilla Lavender Cupcakes
Looking for that unique spin on the classic cupcake recipe? This Vanilla Lavender Cupcakes recipe by Clemence Moulaert is an unforgettable and creative use of lavender extract, almond milk, dairy-free yogurt, and apple cider vinegar.
Raw may not always work, but raw ingredients make this cheesecake really fly! This Raw Lavender and Lemon Cheesecake recipe by Emily von Euw uses fresh ingredients including dried lavender, lemon juice, coconut oil, and dates, plus an array of healthy fat-filled nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews.
Perfect treats to serve at your next dinner party or family gathering! This Lavender Grilled Pears Stuffed with Coconut Whipped Cream recipe by Gabrielle St. Claire calls for calming lavender oil, as well as healthy fat-filled coconut oil and full-fat coconut milk all mixed and whipped into the natural bowl of a pear.
Source: Lavender Vanilla Dream Balls
While these dream balls have a list of ingredients, they only take two simple steps. The Lavender Vanilla Dream Balls recipe by Emily von Euw includes an array of healthy fat-filled coconut products, walnuts, cashews, as well as spices and flavoring such as cinnamon, vanilla, salt, ginger, and agave, plus a dash of dried lavender.
Source: Lemonade with a Calming Twist
Trying to cut back on that sugar-filled soda? Try this Lemonade with a Calming Twist recipe by Jesse Lane Lee which uses bubbly club soda, fresh lemon, and food grade lavender for a tart, yet soothing sipper.
Source: Salted Lavender Fudge Oatmeal
This Salted Lavender Fudge Oatmeal recipe by Lauren Smith is incredibly nutrient-rich with fiber-filled oatmeal, protein rilled-chia seeds, adaptogenic and antioxidant-rich cocoa, and anxiety-reducing lavender buds.
Source: Frozen Blueberry Tart
The perfect cold treat for a hot summer day! This Frozen Blueberry Tart recipe by Quelcy Kogel is not only vegan but is also gluten-free using unsweetened shredded coconut and almond flour for the crust infused with lavender buds.
How does this No-Bake Lavender Fig Custard Tart recipe by Mitra Shirmohammadi get that custardy filling with only vegan ingredients? A creative mixture of arrowroot powder, maple syrup, agar, and coconut milk. Plus, this recipe is topped off with sweet figs, fresh mint, and offers a hint of hazelnut in the date and coconut oil-base crust.
It’s called cheezecake because you may think it’s that traditional dairy dessert, yet this one is vegan! This Blackberry Lemon Lavender Cheezecake recipe by Melissa Layne mixes calming dried lavender, antioxidant-rich blueberries, and an oily thick mixture of cashews, pecans, and walnuts.
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