Lavender Tea Cookies

 I went to Loja yesterday, which turned out to be one of the most fun times I’ve ever had there! First S and I caught the Ruta taxi in Vilca. You pay $2.25 now to take the 45-minute drive to Loja. Usually we all wait for the car to fill up, but it didn’t today, so we took off by ourselves and pulled through the next town – Malacatos, where we picked up one more person. It was cool and rainy and grey (as usual there). But being with the right person, a positive friend of who is so upbeat, energetic and fun, made all the difference. We did some bank and telephone errands, stopped at her elderly friend’s house to have tea and visit. Then had lunch of dolmas and got some doggy treats and toys for our puppies. You catch a taxi going by to take you back to the Ruta station, then take another $2.25 cab back to Vilca. So fun! And Tiko really liked his toy. I threw it to him right away so he wouldn’t remember that I left him with the workers all day.

Recipe of the Day – Lavender Tea Cookies

Lightly sweet cookies make wonderful tea-time snacks.They have the perfect combination of sweetness and lavender, with a hint of lemon The cashews are wonderful nuts for desserts. They are a great source of magnesium, which is not only great for your bones, but also helps to keep you calm and relaxed. Together with lavender these little cookie relieve nervous tension and taste delicious!
Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients:

3 c.  cashew flour (made from 2 c. cashews – grind into a flour)lavanda
1/2 c. almond flour
2 T. dried lavender
Juice of half a lemon
2 T. lemon zest
dash vanilla powder or extract
2 T. coconut oil, melted
2 T.raw coconut nectar, honey or agave
1/2 c. dried coconut

Directions:

1. To make the cashew flour: Process cashews in your food processor or blender until it makes a fine flour. (~1 minute). Don’t over blend or you will get cashew butter. 1 cup of raw cashews makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of flour.

2. Mix together cashew flour, almond flour, 1 T of the lavender, lemon juice, zest, vanilla, coconut oil and sweetener

3. Roll into balls and then in the coconut.

5. Chill to set.

Try it with lavender frosting, instead of rolling in coconut.
Lavender Frosting:
1/4 c. coconut oil
2 T dried culinary lavender flowers
1-2 T almond milk
2 tsp coconut syrup

Word of the Day – lavanda – lavender

Tip of the Day – Visit people for no good reason other than to cheer up their day. Some people are stuck inside all day. And we know what that’s like, being stuck within yourself. To get out and do something for someone else will bring you out of yourself, too!

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