Culinary Uses for Lavender

Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy

When we think about lavender, cooking and baking does not often spring to mind.  Instead it makes us dream of nice long baths, soothing scrubs, or stuffed pillows to help us rest and relax.

Lavender is often reserved for homemade body care products, but this herb can add interesting flavor, texture and color to your meals, too.

From a nutritional standpoint, lavender provides vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. Granted, you won’t be adding huge portions to any meal, so this doesn’t make a huge difference. However, it is always nice to know that the ingredients we choose have some value.

When purchasing lavender for internal use, be sure to buy some that is intended for such purposes. Dried lavender available at the craft store may contain chemicals, coloring, or toxins, so don’t use it for cooking. I usually order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

The following are a few ideas for incorporating lavender into your kitchen. You may notice that it pairs very well with sugar and is often used in desserts.

Lavender Brownies

Add a ¼ to ½ teaspoon of dried lavender buds to your favorite brownie recipe. A little goes a long way.

Lavender Cookies

Michele has shared a lovely Lavender-Vanilla Cookie recipe that looks delicious.

You can also make Lavender Shortbread by adding a small amount of lavender to any shortbread dough. If you have extra time, use a coffee grinder or spice mill to grind a teaspoon of dried lavender buds with part of the sugar before adding to the butter. For further instructions, see this lavender shortbread recipe.

Lavender Vinaigrette

Add the subtle flavor of lavender to a salad by making this simple vinaigrette.

3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh or dried lavender buds
1 teaspoon dried basil

Add all ingredients to a a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously to combine.

(Recipe adapted from The Kitchen Herbal by Jessie Hawkins.)

Lavender Blueberry Banana Bread

Carrie of Young Living Oil Lady, shares how she uses high quality essential oils in this Lavender blueberry banana bread. She also shares 30 ways to use lavender essential oil.

Lavender Sugar

Lavender sugar is easy to make, but it does take a little pre-planning as the lavender buds need to sit in the sugar for a few weeks.

Follow these instructions to make your own lavender sugar. Use a spoonful of in a cup of tea or when baking cookies to add a lavender flavor and scent.

Lavender Honey

Lavender Honey is another great addition to a warm cup of tea. It also makes a unique gift.

Lavender Lemonade

Once the weather warms up, you must try some lavender lemonade. Very simple, straight forward instructions here.

Do you cook or bake with lavender? If so, tell us how.

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Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: A Delightful Home.

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21 comments to Culinary Uses for Lavender

  • Maryanne

    Ever since I had lavender ice cream a couple of years ago at a restaurant, I’ve been trying to add more lavender into my life. It’s amazing, and I feel like it pairs well with so many different foods. Actually, I’m going to search google for the ice cream now. Yum.


    Stacy Reply:

    @Maryanne, I’d love to try some lavender ice cream. That sounds like something I need to google, too :)


  • Yum! Great ideas Stacy! I made lavender ice cream resently, it was wonderful! Next I’m thinking about making lavender shortbread. :)


    Stacy Reply:

    @Katie, This lavender ice cream keeps showing up! I’m going to have to try some.

    You should try the shortbread. It’s yummy :)


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  • Do you use a particular lavender for culinary? I grow a variety and last year added melissa which is suppose to be good in food. I dry a lot of Grosso but I think it has a medicinal taste. I’ve visited two different lavender farms in the past couple of years and they both use Grosso for culinary. Just was curious what you were using.


  • Oops! I just reread your post where you say you purchase yours from MRH. Thanks for the post.


  • Kelly

    I’m wondering if fresh can be used, like most herbs… Oh, & I’ve had lavender ice cream on several occasions. Very interesting in a good way.


  • I have a recipe for fruit salad that uses lavender and vanilla. It is extremely yummy.


    Michele Reply:

    That sounds delicious! :)


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