This lavender popsicle recipe can settle your nerves and set your mind at ease as well as give you a protein boost. Try these with store-bought culinary lavender, lavender tea, or your own home-grown lavender flowers.
Lavender Popsicle Recipe
This lavender popsicle recipe made from lavender-infused yogurt are calming, protein-rich and a refreshing addition to your weekend brunch table.
They are not hard to make, just mix a favorite yogurt with lavender tea or culinary extract.
How Healthy is Lavender?
Studies show that lavender has many benefits: relieving stress, improving mood, supports sleep, reduces inflammation, eliminates dandruff, and soothe stomach upset.
Lavender is actually from the mint family. The most common lavender plant is Lavandula angustifolia.
Regarding stress-relief, studies show that lavender can relieve stress, and also anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
For thousands of years, communities have been brewing a simple tea to support a healthy sleep pattern.
Lavender is also considered an anti-inflammatory. Adding a tea to a bath can sooth inflamed muscles and create a calming scent.
Skin aliments also react positively to lavender. Add dried or fresh buds and water to a spray bottle and spray irritations like rashes or bug bites to sooth them.
And finally, lavender is also known for it's ability to calm an upset stomach.
The polyphenols found in lavender buds are known to reduce harmful bacteria and gas in the gut.
Drinking tea or even chewing on lavender leaves is said to be effective in reducing bloat and cramping.
How to Make This Lavender Popsicle Recipe
I brewed a tea to incorporate lavender into these popsicles. Culinary lavender worked well for this tea, but soon I might have access to fresh lavender.
That’s because this fall I intend to plant a fresh lavender garden!
I. Can. Not. Wait! I will walk you through it on my IG stories!
This is the version I will plant:
Here is how to make a quick lavender tea.
Drop 3 tsp of culinary lavender or fresh buds into ½ cup of just-boiled hot water and let steep for 3 minutes or let it cool. Either use a tea defuser or pour through a sieve to get clean liquid which is your lavender tea.
Allow the tea to cool before using it to make lavender popsicles.
Add the cooled tea to yogurt and add maple syrup and lemon to taste. Blend it all up, stir in some fresh lavender buds, and pour into a mold.
I froze my popsicles for one hour and then I slipped in the sticks. Then I let them freeze overnight.
I hope you love my soothing lavender pops!
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Here are other lavender recipes you might enjoy:
Lavender Purple Sweet Potato Anti-Stress Smoothie
Lemon Lime Lavender Smoothie
Lavender Yogurt Popsicles
- Prepare fresh lavender tea. Steep 6 tsp lavender buds in 1 cup of hot water using a tea infuser and allow to cool completely. If you don't have a tea infuser, simple stir the tea into the hot water, steep for 2 minutes and pour the tea through a sieve to filter out the spent lavender buds.
- Blend yogurt, syrup, lemon juice, cooled tea, and 2 tsp of lavender buds. Taste-test the mixture. Add more lemon if you want it more lemony; add more maple syrup if you want it sweeter. If you were lucky enough to use fresh lavender buds, you might find the flavor naturally sweet enough. Just FYI, you need about 2 cups of mixture to make 6 popsicles.
- Pour mixture into molds. Freeze for ½ hour and then insert sticks (I don't always use the mold lid, sometimes it doesn't fit right.). Freeze mold at least 3-4 hours or overnight.
- To remove pops, dip mold into a pot of hot water without allowing water to spill over top and reach popsicles.
- Tug at each pop and wrap in parchment paper and store in freezer.
- Sprinkle with more lavender to serve!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients and another immunity-boosting smoothie shot book, 4-Ingredient Smoothies + Juices , due out in January 2021. On this blog you'll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism, editor at The Feedfeed and a nutritional expert at WikiHow. More about Dee Dine here.