Things to do with Lavender: Make Lavender Chocolate Chews

It’s November and I miss my fresh Lavender.  Fortunately, I dried and stored this lovely herb and get to enjoy it until next Spring (or until I run out next week because I keep making this Lavender Chocolate recipe).

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Here is a picture of my beautiful purple friend growing in my front flower bed before harvesting and drying last June. Click Here for how to grow your own.

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I dried it two different ways: out in the extreme heat simply laying flat in a basket for a few hours and in the dehydrator.  Both gave great results.  Just be sure the Lavender buds crumble before you store or you will have a moldy mess.

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Three months later, it still stored nicely and was calling to be made into a recipe with chocolate. Here’s what I came up with:

Things to do with Lavender: Make Lavender Chocolate Chews

My inspiration came from a recipe from Oh She Glows when she made her healthier version of homemade Yolos.

I loved the simplicity of her recipe and decided to see what happens when I added the perfect amount of dried Lavender buds and my own small tweaks.  Wow!!!!  What a hit.  It made an entirely different dessert with a distinct floral taste that my family and friends loved. All it takes is these 4 main ingredients: dried lavender buds, dates, chocolate and peanut butter.

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First, take about 10 dates (around 1 cup) of Medjool dates that have been pitted.  In a food processor using your “S” blade, process until it becomes sticky.  Then add 2 tsp of peanut butter and process again.  it will form a sticky ball. Add 2-3 tsp of dried lavender and quickly pulse just until blended. (I liked mine on the stronger floral flavor side so I used 3  tsp)

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Place the mixture into a bowl and let it freeze for 5-10 minutes.  This will help make it easier to form into small bite size balls.  Make about 18-20 balls placing on parchment or wax paper (on a plate or cookie sheet).  Once again, place back in freezer for about 10 minutes to firm.

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On to the chocolate…take 3/4 cup chocolate chips  (I used dairy free chocolate but dark or milk chocolate chips will also work) and place over low heat with about 1/2 tsp coconut oil to help blend easier.  Don’t leave your chocolate! Be there stirring constantly because it will burn easily.

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Have your dried lavender and your frozen balls next to your chocolate with another piece of parchment paper ready to go.  Working quickly, take one ball at a time and dunk in melted chocolate then immediately sprinkle a few flower buds on top while chocolate is still wet for garnish.

Continue until all balls are covered and garnished and place back in freezer to harden for 20 minutes.  You can serve at room temperature or frozen but the garnish will turn a dull gray (instead of the vibrant purple) if kept frozen for a long time.  It still taste great but won’t be as pretty if serving at a party.

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These are a fun way to use your dried lavender (besides the typical way of using it to make a relaxing bath).  Maybe I should eat a few of these and THEN take a hot Lavender bath.  Sounds like a pretty fantastic way to end a day (or a blog post)…

Lavender Chocolate Chews

Lavender Chocolate Chews

Ingredients

  • 10 dates (around 1 cup) of Medjool dates
  • 2 tsp of peanut butter
  • 2-3 tsp of dried lavender (plus 1 T more to garnish)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (dairy free, milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Take about 10 dates (around 1 cup) of Medjool dates that have been pitted.In a food processor using your "S" blade, process until it becomes sticky.
  2. Add 2 tsp of peanut butter and process again.  it will form a sticky ball.
  3. Add 3 T of dried lavender and quickly pulse just until blended.
  4. Place the mixture into a bowl and let it freeze for 5-10 minutes.  This will help make it easier to form into small bite size balls.  Make about 18-20 balls of the mixture placing on parchment or wax paper (on a plate or cookie sheet).  Once again, place back in freezer for about 10 minutes to firm.
  5. take 3/4 cup chocolate chips  (I used dairy free chocolate but dark or milk chocolate chips will also work) and place over low heat with about 1/2 tsp coconut oil to help blend easier.  Don't leave your chocolate! Be there stirring constantly because it will burn easily.
  6. Have your dried lavender and your frozen balls next to your chocolate with another piece of parchment paper.  Take one ball at a time and dunk in melted chocolate then immediately sprinkle a few flower buds on top while chocolate is still wet.
  7. Continue until all balls are covered and garnished and back in freezer to harden for 20 minutes.  You can serve at room temperature or frozen but the Lavender will turn a dull gray if kept frozen for a long time.  It still taste great but won't be as pretty if serving at a party.
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