Paleo Lavender Mocha

Recently, we were in Charlotte, NC for a business seminar, and as usual, I had scouted out all the best places to eat….namely the best places for sweets because let’s face it, I am the girl that plans her vacations around cupcakes and bakeries and all things yummy. Don’t judge. That’s my cheat time! So, as I was searching, I came across Amelie’s French Bakery, and their reviews were fantastic, so I knew we had to go there! Y’all….this place is amazing! It’s so fun and quirky! There are things to look at everywhere you turn, which is good because the line was forever long, which we heard is pretty standard. They are open 24/7/365, and we soon found out why. We got 2 tasty boxes filled with all sorts of treats. PS ~ They have the most delicious macarons I have ever had. Oh my goodness.

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You’re drooling, right? So good! Something else that caught my eye while we were waiting in line was their lavender mocha. I LOVE all things lavender – shortbread, truffles, you name it! So of course, I had to try it! And it did not disappoint. Well, after we got home, I started craving another, so I hopped online to try to find a recipe. I didn’t have much luck, but I came across one, and thought I’d give it a try. Once I got ready to make it, I ended up having to tweak it a bit, just because I didn’t have certain ingredients or wanted to use something different. Here is the original recipe: Lavender Mocha

So, I got to work making this, and it turned out so great! So here’s my recipe!

Paleo Lavender Mocha
{ Makes one serving }

1/2 cup water
1-2 teaspoons dried lavender
1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic coconut sugar or honey
1/8-1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup brewed coffee or 2 shots espresso
1/2 cup organic full fat milk or almond milk

{ I picked up some dried lavender at a local apothecary over the holidays, and have been dying to use it, so this was the perfect thing for it! }

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First, bring the half a cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan on the stove. Sometimes, I’m super lazy, so you could totally do this in the microwave or run just water through the Keurig, but you will eventually have to put this back on the stove, so might as well do it there to start with. 🙂

Place lavender into a tea strainer or tea bag. Get creative with it, if you have to! { You could also add the lavender to the coffee grounds before you brew it. } I have had this adorable little strainer for a while, but this was the first time I’ve had the need to use it, and it was just perfect!

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Pour the boiling water into a measuring cup or mug, if you boiled it on the stove. Then, place the strainer in the water to let the lavender steep for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your coffee or espresso. This would probably have been even more fantastic with espresso, but our machine is on the fritz, so I used plain old coffee brewed on the smallest cup setting on our Keurig. { Again, I’m totally lazy. }

After the five minutes are up, pour the water back into the saucepan, and add the cacao or cocoa powder { which is what I used because it was what I had on hand }, coconut sugar (or honey), and vanilla, and heat on low until dissolved. Add your coffee and milk, and stir until heated through, and that’s it!

I have recently added some dairy back into my diet at home, after some research, so I used milk when I made this, but I think it would turn out equally as well with almond milk, especially if that’s what you’re used to.

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Ahhhh, my messy mug. Hope you enjoy!

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hi. things you should know: i have started a blog at least 10 times, but never really gone anywhere with it. so, i’m trying again…mainly because i feel like i’m being called to do this, although i’m not quite sure why…..yet. 🙂

well, to start with, i guess i should tell you a little about myself. i’m { almost } 34, married with two kids, and a small business owner. i love my family and my job. i am completely all over the board when it comes to everything. my pinterest boards are an array of randomness. i would rather stay home curled up in my cozy woolrich blanket reading a book, instead of going out. music and dance are my life. i love helping people and pushing them past their comfort zones, and always appreciate when people do the same for me. i cry during every episode of grey’s anatomy and the biggest loser. serendipity is my all time favorite movie. if i could wear sweatpants everyday, i would. i’m a bit of a smarty pants. i love to cook and bake. i hope to go to school to become a chef when my kids are grown. my day just doesn’t go right if i skip my quiet time/devotional. i drink at least 3 cups of coffee a day. i’m a slob, but ocd at the same time. some things have to be just right, you know??? ummmm, i think that’s pretty much it.

the 5 words that best describe me: blunt, passionate, messy, random, imperfect

the 5 words that best describe me according to my husband: wise, creative, generous, untidy, beautiful

my 5 favorite things: adam levine, alice in wonderland – disney version, pugs, coffee – mainly starbucks, and riley clay designs [ fab store & etsy shop ]

my 5 favorite things according to my husband: sleeping, good food, drinks made by glenn trotti [ amazing bartender ], watching grey’s anatomy, and sleeping  [ i’m not really as big of a bum as he made me sound ]

so i guess that’s about it…..for now. i’d love to know what 5 words best describe you and/or what your 5 fave things are, so leave a comment below. 🙂