Lavender lemonade with stevia leaves

This all started with my love of lavender and wanting to do more with it than putting it up my nose and smiling. I also had a stevia plant from Lowe's that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it (under $3). Lots of googling and Instagram creeping led me to grab a handful of stevia leaves, put in hot water (like you make tea) and infuse for 24 hours. The water became very sweet. A little goes a long way. I also added 2 clippings of lavender to the hot water. I used this as an alternative to a sugar syrup to make lemonade. After I added lemons and water it became a really yummy lemonade. I'll share how I did it, but I really think it's a matter of preference as my kids wanted it sweeter, I thought it was just right, and so did my husband. So give it a try Goldilocks...

Lavender lemonade (with stevia plant)

  • Infuse at least a half of cup of stevia leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 24 hours (I put in fridge, but counter top is probably fine). Crush the leaves a bit, then add few pieces of lavender flowers floating on top. Cover with plastic or beeswax wrap until you are ready to make your lemonade.
  • Squeeze 6-7 lemons to make 1/2 gallon of lemonade into your lemonade container of your liking.
  • Strain out your stevia leaves and lavender flower heads from your infused water. Add to the fresh lemon juice in your container
  • Add water. I needed about 2 cups. (I also added ice.) Here you need to play around a bit to achieve the level of sweetness you desire. You can add a few lavender stalks and flower heads for garnish as well. Enjoy your sugar free lemonade (virgin or spiked)!

Easy Granola

  • local oats (4 cups)
  • melted coconut oil (1/2 cup)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (darker has more flavor) add more if you want it sweet
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ nuts
  • Mix above in a plastic ziplock to get everything nicely coated. Put on a baking sheet covered in parchment. The oat mixture should be tightly packed.
  • Press together with back of spatula.Bake at 350 for 20-22 mins.
  • After out of oven add toasted coconut, dried fruit and/or chocolate

Lily's chocolate will change your life. It is a delicious chocolate that is naturally sugar free as it's made with Stevia. Whole Foods and Shaw's carry it. They make baking chips, but from experience I learned you cannot melt them to drizzle. (They do well in cookies, but you can't melt down for recipes.) Salted Almond and Milk is by far my favorite.