I bet I can guess what you are thinking: Lavender and hot chocolate?! Wait. Let me grab my lotion bottle. Aha! I knew it! Look at the ingredients - lavender! Lavender doesn't belong in hot chocolate. Lavender belongs in lotion! Geeze, Ashley!
It does. Yes. Just trust. Put down your lotion.
Before you discount this lovely little treat and put it in your "health food/hippie nut/too environmental/tree hugging" category, just breathe, open your mind, and...I'm messing with you.
Here's the deal - it's good. I wouldn't put it on here if it wasn't good, would I? Yes, it's herbal-y. Yes, it's flower-y. But not in the way you might think. So just go out on a limb and try it already. Be a risk-taker.
Look at you. You little rebel, you. I like you.
p.s. Maybe you're wondering why I didn't post a Thanksgiving-ish recipe. Well, you got one last week and I figured everybody and their brother has a favorite recipe and I don't want to stomp on tradition. So. Hot chocolate instead. For the after-festivities of gorging on a traditional meal. When you want something warm and comforting by the fire. As you doze off to the forty-gazillionth replay of The Wizard of Oz.
Lavender Hot Chocolate
*Makes 1 serving
1 1/2 cup almond milk or whole milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon lavender buds
1. Pour milk into a medium-size saucepan and turn on medium-high heat.
2. Heat milk until steam rises, stirring often. Do NOT bring to a boil.
3. Add cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk ingredients until well-incorporated.
4. Continue to heat over medium-high for about 5 minutes. Again, do NOT bring to a boil.
5. Remove from heat and add the lavender buds. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
6. Strain liquid to remove lavender buds. Serve warm and enjoy.
While you're at it, experiment with other flavors as well. Hot chocolate is a great way to try new flavor pairings. I am also especially fond of using cinnamon in place of lavender.
Happy Monday and safe travels for all of you that are hitting the road! I am hopping on a plane tomorrow and headed off to spend some time with my beloved family.
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