I was in the bulk department at the health food store I work in, by the spices and I noticed a woman filling up a large bag of dried lavender. I am a little curious at times as to what other people use it for, as I often get asked the question when I buy it. So I asked her what she was using it for and she replied, a herbal neck wrap. I should have guessed, as she was also buying a lot of buckwheat. Hopefully she didn't think me too nosey, but in the back of my mind, before I had asked the question I was imagining her making some sort of exotic dessert...it was a lot more glamourous than the reality. I think most people do not think to eat lavender, they simply use it for relaxation. That woman's large bag of lavender inspired me though, to create a dessert.
It is actually one of my favorite things to use in desserts! It is wonderful with fruit, and especially delicious with lemon! Which is why I decided that raw lavender lemon macaroons would be downright heavenly!
Raw Lavender Lemon Macaroons
Makes a dozen
3/4 cup raw almond meal*
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 Tbsp dried lavender
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw coconut oil
2 Tbsp raw agave nectar
a pinch of sea salt
Place almond meal, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sea salt in the food processor and process until well combined. Add the agave nectar and process until the mixture holds together. Add coconut and pulse until the mixture holds together, then add lavender and pulse until well distributed. Form the mixture into 12 balls, and place on a dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate for about 12 hours, or until they are dried, but not so much so that they are not a little chewy in the middle.
To make chocolate, whisk all ingredients together until smooth in a bowl and let sit until it thickens a little (about 15-20 min). Lay out a sheet of foil on a sheet pan. Dip each macaroon into the chocolate and place on the foil. Once all dipped, put in the freezer to set. Once chocolate has hardened, enjoy!
*I used soaked, skinned and dried almonds to make the meal.