My girls and I have really been trying to adjust our eating habits throughout the school day. Instead of snacking on crackers, pretzels and tortilla chips, we are trying to move our snacking to the non-processed variety. This has been a bit of challenge for us lately, until we crafted this recipe early this week. Our honey lavender walnuts give you that crunch that great snacks have, while also blessing your tongue with a bit of salt, spice and sweet goodness. I hope you enjoy!
Honey Lavender Walnuts
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup local honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
1-2 cups walnuts (depending upon how much coating you would like)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the butter, honey, salt, pepper and cinnamon in a small sauce pan. Stir continuously over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat.
Add vanilla to the butter mixture and stir well. Next, add the walnuts and stir to coat.
Turn out onto a jelly roll pan and spread out evenly.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. Stir and spread out evenly again. Repeat this process until your walnuts have reached a roasted degree that you enjoy. Remove from oven.
Mix in lavender blossoms. Allow to cool. Enjoy!
We Fagans LOVE us some biscuits! And the only thing better than a biscuit is when we can load it up with fresh garden goodness and therefore call it “healthy” 🙂 My girls and I loved how these lil’ dumplings turned out, and we hope you do as well.
Lavender Rosemary Biscuits
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar. Next add 3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lavender blossoms.
Then add 3/4 cup cold salted butter (cut into small cubes) to the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or fork.
Using your fingertips, mix 1 1/4 cups buttermilk into the mixture until just combined. Turn out onto a floured board, roll until about 3/4 inch thick, and cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter or the top of a glass.
Place the rounds on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes (or until golden on top).
*A note about all my recipes: I use all organic ingredients, local when available. I use non-homogenized milk, and all of the dairy we use is from animals raised on pasture. I also use oils that are non-GMO verified. All our meat is raised locally on organic feed, and our beef is grass-fed, grass-finished. All our spices and cane sugar are fair-trade certified and purchased through a cooperative.