Lately I’ve been experimenting with cutting grains and sugar out of my diet to help control autoimmune symptoms. It seems to be working pretty well for me! I’ve done 1 round of the AIP diet, although about halfway in I broke down and had a latte and BOY WAS THAT THANG SO DELICIOUS. I didn’t realize I missed coffee so much!
Fast forward a few weeks and I’m back to my daily cuppa. Mostly because 1. Everett has not been sleeping well, and 2. I have not been sleeping AT ALL because of his midnight wakefulness. But, I only drink my coffee with whole milk (rarely) or Milkadamia creamer now (basically all the time), and homemade paleo-friendly syrup, as opposed to way too sugared-up or a mocha. I'm looking at you, Starbucks.
I’ve been asked by multiple people now to share my Honey Lavender Syrup recipe. It’s not only delicious (makes a perfect London fog syrup!) but is naturally sweetened and is paleo/aip friendly. Follow the recipe below and tell me how you like to enjoy it!
Happy barista-ing! (Is that a word? haha)
Honey Lavender Coffee Syrup
1 cup of raw, unfiltered honey
1 1/2 cups of filtered water
2 tbsp of dried lavender buds
8 drops of lavender vitality oil from young living
Pour water and honey into a saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly boiling. Add the lavender buds and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by half. Take off heat and stir in the lavender vitality oil. Let it cool, and transfer to a glass storage jar.
This syrup is a great addition to iced coffee, cold brew, a latte, or a London fog! I add about 2 tablespoons to my drinks, but you can add more or less on your sweetness preference.
recipe notes - I get my dried lavender buds from Natural Grocers and I get my lavender vitality oil from Young Living. I have experimented and made this syrup with store bought essential oils and it DOES NOT come out the same, or even smell the same. Young Living’s oil is 100% pure therapeutic lavender, whereas store brands are diluted with synthetics, and therefore not safe for ingestion. If you’d like to get a sample of Lavender Vitality, please shoot me a message and I’ll happily send you one!
Also - lavender buds can be a bit bitter. If your syrup is coming out bitter or has a “bite” to it, add 1-3 tbsp of extra honey and a few pinches of salt. Trust me, it works.