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10 Fresh Ways to Cook with Lavender This Spring

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    Where to Buy Lavender

    Lavender isn't just for body wash and candles. But the secret to cooking with lavender is making sure you buy the right kind. Some lavender has been sprayed during the growing process and therefore can't be eaten. Look for fresh or dried product with labels that say culinary lavender at specialty grocery stores (Whole Foods or Williams-Sonoma) or at the farmer's market. You might be able to find lavender essential oil for cooking, too.

  • offbeat + inspired

    Lavender-Honey Iced Latte

    If you've been eyeing the Starbucks honey latte but haven't wanted to shell out six bucks to try it, then you're in luck. This recipe adds lavender-honey simple syrup to cold brew coffee and, fair warning, it's going to be your new favorite way to start the day

    Get the recipe: Lavender-Honey Iced Latte

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    Blueberry Lavender Jam

    This recipe calls for lavender essential oil—two to three drops are all you need to pump up the freshness. Put this homemade jam on oatmeal, yogurt, or toast for a breakfast you'll actually look forward to eating.

    Get the recipe: Blueberry Lavender Jam

  • Oh So Delicioso

    Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

    When life hands you lemons, make lavender lemonade. With sprigs of lavender and fresh squeezed lemon juice, we guarantee you won't be disappointed when you sip on this recipe.

    Get the recipe: Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

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    Lavender Blueberry Honey Ice Cream

    If there ever was a case to be made when you deserve to #treatyoself, it would be for this homemade lavender blueberry ice cream. Fresh berries and lavender oil give this treat its fresh taste.

    Get the recipe: Lavender Blueberry Honey Ice Cream

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    Lavender Martini

    Once you make or buy the lavender syrup, the rest of this drink is simple to shake together. It's like having drinks at a high-brow cocktail lounge but in the comfort of your own backyard chair.

    Get the recipe: Lavender Martini

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    Honey Lavender Sesame Toast

    Avocado toast will feel so "last year" after you bite into this lavender toast. Multigrain bread and bananas become the base for the pièce de résistance, a sprinkle of lavender.

    Get the recipe: Honey Lavender Sesame Toast

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    Lavender Blended Berry Bowl

    Not only will this smoothie bowl fill you up, but it will boost your mood too. Ginger increases immunity, turmeric eases depression, and lavender offers its soothing effects. Almond milk, blueberries, and banana round out this pretty breakfast bowl.

    Get the recipe: Lavender Blended Berry Bowl

  • Honest Cooking

    Peach and Feta Salad with Lavender Dressing

    The lavender flowers in the dressing add a beautiful aroma to this summer salad. Grill the peach segments to add caramelization and flavor.

    Get the recipe: Peach and Feta Salad with Lavender Dressing

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    Lavender Roasted Potatoes

    With only four ingredients, this recipe doesn't get any easier. Adding lavender is enough to elevate these potatoes to something truly unique and delicious.

    Get the recipe: Lavender Roasted Potatoes

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    Lavender Muffins

    Lavender is known for its soothing properties and ability to help you fall asleep. Sounds like an excuse to eat one of these lavender muffins before bed, so you're sure to have the sweetest of dreams.

    Get the recipe: Lavender Muffins