Looking for a calming coffee drink? Does such a thing exist? We took lavender, known for its calming properties, and made a delicious and unique latte. Use decaf coffee, if you like. Most lavender latte recipes make a simple syrup using water, lavender and sugar. But not us! We got all the flavor we needed by simmering the food-grade dried lavender in some coconut milk with some low carb sweetener. If you order a lavender latte from a coffee house, chances are you’ll be getting more sugar than you want. So why not just make it at home?!
If you’re in the 131 Method, make it a Fat Burning recipe by using full-fat coconut milk, or Carb Charge by using raw honey. You can also double or triple the lavender milk part and refrigerate the extra so that you have it on hand for the next few days. Simply warm it up in the microwave in about 45 seconds, and continue making the rest of the warm, comforting beverage.
If you’re into essential oils at all (and these days, whose not tinkering with them just a little bit) you know all about lavender. This floral oil topped our own “Top 5 Five Essential Oils for Health” list. It’s known as “the sleep oil.” With that in mind, definitely go with a decaf coffee if you want to sip on this in the evening before bed. But during the day, just enjoy the lovely and unexpected flavor that infuses with your regular ol’ cup of Joe. Feel free to adjust the strength to your liking. If you add too much, it might taste “soapy.” So, start with the one tablespoons of dried lavender and go from there.
Yield: 1 serving
Serving Size: full recipe
Prep Time: 3 min
Cook Time: 5 min
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla nondairy milk (coconut, almond or cashew)
- 1-2 tablespoons Swerve or Lakanto Confectioners sweetener*
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- ½-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 oz freshly brewed coffee
- Bring the milk, sweetener, lavender and vanilla to a simmer in a small pot. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes.
- Strain the milk into a blender. Add the coffee and blend for 15 seconds.
- *Taste and decide how much sweetener you would like. Alternatively, you could use raw honey, but it’ll change the macros. Or, simply opt for vanilla stevia drops.
- Feel free to top with a non-dairy whipped cream. You could also add a scoop of collagen peptides or teaspoon of gelatin to the blender for added protein. Those additions make it froth up nicely.
- For a calming bedtime option, use decaf coffee or a powdered coffee like Four Sigmatic.
Calories: 25| Protein: .5g | Fat: 1.7g | Carbs: 1g | Fiber: .5g | Net Carbs: .5g
Be sure to use food-grade dried lavender. It’s often found in bulk spice bins at small grocery stores like Sprouts, or online off Amazon.
Comment below if you give this recipe a try!