Blueberries are in season and we have a big craving! This lemonade sounds strange, but it is actually really addictive and delicious!! For this, I used dried lavender from my own garden that I had just dried, so it was pretty fresh, resulting in a very strong lavender taste. If you are using fresh lavender, I recommend you half the lavender but keep the same amount of water if you don’t want a strong lavender taste. If you bought it from the store, or it came from a teabag, no problem. Even though the lavender was strong in our lemonade, we still love the taste.
Blueberries are a low sugar berry bursting with antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, and tannins -which reduce inflammation in your digestive system! Blueberries are a superfood. They are also good for your brain, and for men … well you can look that one up ;). Blueberries are #14 on the dirty pesticide list, so try to buy them organic.
Please remember that most stevia brands are just plain disgusting. I recommend NuNaturals, but otherwise Sweetleaf is pretty good, and Trader Joe’s has a decent brand.
This recipe is to taste, so you will have to adjust sweetness/tartness/etc at the end. Enjoy!
Stevia Sweetened Blueberry Lavender Lemonade
¼ cup dried lavender steeped in 1 ½ cups water (see below)
3 more cups filtered water
1 ½ cups fresh squeezed organic lemon juice (about 8 large lemons’ worth)
1 teaspoon (+to taste) NuNaturals stevia powder (or 1/2 teaspoon SweetLeaf)
¾ cup organic blueberries
Boil 1 ½ cups water and pour over lavender to steep in a cup for 5 – 10 minutes, depending on how strong you might like the lavender in this lemonade. Strain lavender and set aside (you can put in fridge to cool).
Stir together lemon juice, remaining 3 cups water, and 1 teaspoon stevia (if using NuNaturals, ½ if not). Use 2 Tablespoons of this mixture with the blueberries and puree in a food processor or blender. Add puree to lemonade, and add the lavender tea, and stir well. Taste at this point to see if you need more sweetener (we added another ½ teaspoon), more water (if it’s too tart or strong), or even more blueberries. Pour over ice cubes and serve. Keep in glass bottle in refrigerator.
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