Something about lavender is just so dainty, delicate, lady-like…which just makes me think of this song.
So they’re not balls, per se…they’re lady lumps! Ugh. Anyway…
I decided to make something for my coworkers, seeming as I am
contractually obligated to do so such a nice person. Tired of the same old flavours, I kicked it up a notch with these babies.
Most people relegate lavender to potpourri sachets, cheap smelly candles, and “relaxing” spa products, but have you ever put lavender to use in cooking? In its whole, dried form, it’s actually quite lovely. Hence the recipe name
Aside from flavour and aroma, most herbs, spices, and flowers have potent medicinal properties – whether consumed as food, inhaled as a scent, or applied topically. I don’t make this sh*t up – Google it for specifics!
And now, the recipe – these balls are guaranteed to blow your mind.
That’s right, I said it.
Lovely Lavender Balls
Inspired by This Rawsome Vegan Life
These are even more lovely with a bit of lemon zest, and/or dipped in melted dark chocolate!
1/2 cup raw almonds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/4 cup shredded or flaked coconut
couple pinches of vanilla powder (or use extract)
pinch of Himalayan salt
1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp coconut oil
drizzle of coconut sap/agave/maple syrup
fresh/dried lavender (I didn’t measure – try 1/2 tsp?)
optional: lemon zest; melted chocolate
In a food processor (I used my mini one), grind almonds, hemp seeds, coconut, vanilla, and salt until nuts are finely ground. Add dates, coconut oil, and sweetener and process again, until mixture starts to come together.
Stir in lavender and optional lemon zest by hand. Roll mixture into balls and refrigerate. When chilled, dip half of each ball into melted chocolate, if desired.
Makes about 8 balls.