Happily Gluten and Dairy Free Watermelon Lavender Smoothie Laura Friendly

A Watermelon Lavender Smoothie may sound a bit strange, but this odd combination is light, floral and delicious.

The key to cooking with Lavender is to start with small amounts. If you add too much, your lovely dish will taste like potpourri. I’ve been working to incorporate lavender into more recipes and this smoothie was a perfect choice. The watermelon is fresh and sweet, and the vanilla yogurt blends well with the floral taste of the lavender.

A wonderful benefit of experimenting with herbs, is the transformation they bring to your food. Something you may have eaten 100 times, suddenly takes on a completely new taste. Try adding a pinch of lavender to your salads, breads or desserts.

Enjoy!

Watermelon Lavender Smoothie
by Laura Friendly
start to finish: 10 minutes
makes: two cups

  • 2 cups watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ½ cup dairy-free vanilla yogurt (I used soy yogurt)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dairy-free milk (I used almond milk)
  • ⅛ tsp food grade dried lavender, finely ground

In a blender, combine watermelon, yogurt, dairy-free milk and lavender. Blend until smooth.

Serve immediately.

 

More Laura Friendly gluten & dairy-free delights:
Almond Joy No-Bake Cookies
Vegan Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream

All Images & Content are by Laura Friendly. This post is written and based on my personal experience and opinion on food. The information is not intended to replace professional medical counsel. Always seek the advice of your physician if you have a food allergy. And don’t forget to smile!

 

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  1. Dude, just bought a blender, and this is ’bout to HAPPEN.

  2. This looks sooo good I can’t wait to try it–thanks for the idea!!

    If you don’t have ground lavender, I’m sure you could also use lavender essential oil–tho that baby can get very potent very fast so use perhaps just a couple drops :)

    Yum!

    • Hi Annie, you are so welcome! I’m unfamiliar with using essential oil in my cooking so it would definitely be an experiment. My only recommendation would be to make sure the essential oil is a food grade, editable oil. Thanks for the idea!

      Laura Friendly | 6/13/2012 01:06 pm
  3. Where can you buy ground lavender? I’ve never seen it. I also don’t have any type of grinder. Do you use an herb mill maybe?

    • Hi Eileen! I buy food grade dried lavender from the health food store. For this smoothie, I measured out a 1/8 tsp of dried lavender, and used an old coffee grinder (that I use for herbs) to grind the lavender into a powder. If you don’t mind the flakes of lavender, you could try a mortar and pestle or give the herb mill a try. Your blender might also help break down the lavender as well. I find using a coffe grinder works best. I hope this helps!

      Laura Friendly | 6/13/2012 01:06 pm
  4. That looks so delicious! Can’t wait to make it!

  5. I’m really curious about this! It sounds like it’d be a great summer drink. Thanks for the idea!

    • Thanks Ashley! I know. Intriguing. I love the light floral scent and flavor. If you are worried about the lavender, start with even less and gradual add until you find your desired taste.

      Laura Friendly | 6/13/2012 08:06 am
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