Lavender Honey Yogurt with Fresh Berries and Toasted Almonds

I apologize if you happen to drool while looking at these photos, because I think I did a little too.  This yogurt is so good, I sometimes make this for my husband and I for dessert.  It’s a good example of a marriage of flavors and perfect balance.  The lavender is so fragrant and aromatic along with the vanilla, the yogurt is tangy, the toasted almonds are crunchy and a little smoky, and the berries are both sweet and tart.  YUM!  You will notice this recipe calls for plain yogurt.  I always buy plain yogurt so I can sweeten it to my liking, and also have it available to be used for savory dishes.  You could start with a sweetened flavored yogurt if you like, but I just don’t find that they taste very good.  Here’s how to make yourself a healthy and delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert of yogurt:

1½ cups plain yogurt
3 tbsp lavender honey*
¼ tsp vanilla extract
6 oz package blackberries
10 strawberries (or as many as you want)
½ cup toasted almonds

Stir the lavender honey and vanilla extract into the yogurt until blended and smooth.  Taste it.  Does it have the right sweetness for you? If not, either add more honey, or drizzle some on top with the berries.

Slice up the strawberries, and place those and the blackberries in a bowl.  Pour over the lavender honey yogurt:

Top with the toasted almonds, and drizzle a little more honey on top.  Easy or what?  And soooooo gooooooood!!!  Thanks for reading!

*I already had lavender honey as a gift from my friend Jess, but is is SUPER easy to make your own.  All you do is infuse some lavender into the honey, and there are two ways I can see it being done.  Option 1, you can use one of those loose tea ball cages, put the lavender in there, and simmer the honey with the caged lavender to your desired strength.  The amount of lavender to honey depends on the strength of your lavender (fresh vs. dried), so the best thing to do is constantly taste.  If you don’t have one of those loose tea balls (they’re like $1 so you should consider getting one), you could also strain the loose lavender out of the honey with a fine mesh sieve or some cheesecloth.  Either way, fairly easy to do.  I’ll post a more specific recipe in the near future.

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5 Responses to Lavender Honey Yogurt with Fresh Berries and Toasted Almonds

  1. shafriza says:

    Hi, I have always liked making desserts and this seems so easy and really interesting. I would like to try this out but the only problem is that I dont think we have lavander freely available here. So you have said to use tea balls does that mean lavander tea bags? and i doubt there wold be lavander honey too so can i use normal honey? sorru if my questions sound stupid.

    • Joanne says:

      Hi Shafriza! No it’s not a stupid question! Dried lavender is actually fairly easy to find (fresh lavender is very difficult, it seems), and I just used the dried. I found mine at Williams Sonoma in the spices section, but I’ve also seen dried lavender at Whole Foods. You could substitute normal honey, but as you said, it is a very easy and simple dessert, so I feel like if you omitted the lavender part of it, it wouldn’t be AS good (though it would still be tasty). The tea balls I was referring to was to the tea cages, where you are able to infuse liquid with loose tea and easily take the cage (and all the loose tea leaves) out, because you don’t want to be eating dried lavender, you just want the flavor infused into the honey. Another way you could do it is put the dried lavender into the honey, simmer for a bit to infuse the flavor, then strain the liquid through a fine meshed sieve or cheesecloth. Basically you just don’t want any of that dried lavender in your yogurt. Does that make sense?

  2. shafriza says:

    thanks for the quick reply.. I live in Sri lanka and I am still to find lavander in shop here. I am trying to find away of getting it from over seas… yes your reply did make sence… I will try this and let you know how it goes.. thanks alot hugsxxx

    • Joanne says:

      Wow, Sri Lanka! So exotic! Are there any French stores in the area? I have seen lavender at french stores too…but don’t know if you have any around. I wonder if you can find some online anywhere?

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