This sugar free lavender syrup adds a sweet floral flavor to ice cocktails or desserts. Made of dried lavender and stevia, this keto-friendly lavender simple syrup recipe brings vibrant colors and a palette of flavors to any culinary creation.
I’ve been trying out different syrups and making tasty mixes using edible flowers such as roses, dandelions, lilacs, fruits like oranges, blackberries, lemons, peaches, and even vanilla beans. But this time, I knew my friend, who is careful about her weight, was coming over. So, I got the idea to make a guilt-free lavender syrup that adds unique flavors and twist to desserts or drinks. Having lots of stevia in my garden, it would be fun to try something new.
Ingredient to make sugar free lavender syrup
This easy recipe requires just two ingredients, two herbs; in fact, this syrup is made of lavender and stevia.
Culinary lavender buds
You can use fresh lavender growing in your garden or use dried culinary lavender. Just check the expiration date and ensure it hasn’t been sitting in your pantry for too long.
When picking your lavender, make sure you pick the flowers just when they bloom. This will give it the strongest flavor possible. I love most varieties of culinary lavender, but if you want a milder taste, opt for English Lavender (also known as Lavendula Angustifolia). If you’re looking for a more aromatic, delicate flavor, opt for Lavender Lemon, aka Lavandula x intermedia.
However, you can also use lavandin, a hybrid made of Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. It has a stronger and more camphorous flavor that some people love.
Also, it is important to note that lavender has a strong flavor and scent, so a little goes a long way. Too much lavender will make your syrup taste like soap.
Sweetener – Stevia
While you can use store-bought stevia syrup or extract, make sure to buy pure stevia without additional sugars, such as dextrose.
To guarantee purity, consider making it yourself. Growing stevia is very easy.
You can even grow it indoors in pots or gardens with minimal maintenance. While you can harvest it throughout the summer, it has the sweetest taste in the cooler fall temperatures. Stevia has a very sweet taste, yes, but if you use too much, it can turn bitter.
To prevent it from becoming bitter, it is important to use a small amount and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired level of sweetness.
Alternatively, combine it with other natural sweeteners like erythritol or monk fruit. This can help mitigate any potential bitterness and provide a more well-rounded sweetness.
Easy Sugar-free lavender simple syrup recipe
This calorie-free flavored simple syrup is easy to make at home.
First step: Prepare herbs.
Collect stevia leaves and tear them into small pieces. Use just lavender flowers; discard the stems. Rinse both herbs gently under cold water to remove any dust or debris.
Second step: Infuse the Lavender and Stevia.
Combine the water, fresh or dried lavender buds, and stevia leaves in a small saucepan. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse into the water. Stir occasionally.
Third step: Strain the Mixture.
After infusing, remove the saucepan from the heat. Use a fine-mesh strainer or a piece of cheesecloth to strain the syrup into a bowl or jar.
Useful Tip: When adding the dried lavender to the saucepan, consider bundling it in a cheesecloth or use a tea infuser ball. This trick makes it simpler to remove the lavender from the syrup later on.
Fourth step: Cool and Store.
Allow the sugar-free lavender simple syrup to cool to room temperature before transferring it to a clean glass jar or bottle. Keep the syrup in a closed container in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Fifth step: Taste the lavender syrup and Adjust.
Stevia can have varying sweetness levels, so it’s essential to taste the syrup and adjust the flavor. If you find the syrup too bitter or not sweet enough, you can experiment with adding a small amount of other sweeteners.
Sugar-free lavender syrup uses
The sugar-free lavender Syrup Recipe is the perfect light and floral way to spruce up cocktails, drinks, and desserts.
This homemade lavender syrup sugar-free is perfect for cocktails. For an aromatic and refreshing drink, try it in a lavender martini, lemonade, or lavender lemonade cocktail.
Create non-alcoholic beverages like lavender iced tea, lavender lemon mocktail, or lavender soda by combining sugar-free syrup with lemon juice, sparkling water, or herbal tea.
Make Lavender Lattes and Lavender Teas.
This lavender syrup can be used as a coffee syrup. Mix it into your latte or hot tea to add a unique lavender flavor to your coffee drinks.
Use sugar-free syrup as a sweetener for desserts. Drizzle it over cakes, pancakes, waffles, or ice cream for a floral and sugar-free treat.
Add it to your baking recipes, such as muffins, scones, cookies, and bread.
Combine a light and fragrant salad dressing with olive oil, vinegar, and a pinch of salt.
Layer sugar-free lavender syrup with yogurt and granola to create a delectable and aromatic yogurt parfait.
Drizzle the syrup over fruit salads to add a hint of sweetness and floral aroma that complements the natural flavors of the fruits.
Marinades and Glazes.
Use the syrup as a base for marinades and glazes for meats like chicken, pork, or fish. The lavender notes can provide a unique savory-sweet balance.
Add a splash of sugar-free lavender syrup to your water for a refreshing and subtly flavored beverage.
Variations of keto homemade lavender syrup
- Citrus Infusion: Include a small amount of lemon or orange zest to complement the lavender’s aroma during the infusion process. A few drops of lemon juice should change the color to pale lavender color.
- Herbal Blend: Combine dried lavender buds with other dried herbs like mint or chamomile for a more complex flavor profile in your syrup.
- Blueberry Lavender Syrup: Introduce a burst of berry flavor by simmering a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries along with the lavender. Strain out the berries before sweetening the blueberry syrup.
- Spiced Lavender: Infuse warming spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract for a cozy and aromatic syrup.
- Minty Lavender: Add fresh mint leaves to the infusion to create a refreshing and cooling lavender-mint syrup.
- Honey Lavender: For those not following a strict sugar-free diet, use a touch of raw honey as a natural sweetener instead of sugar substitutes.
- Coconut Lavender: Substitute some water with coconut water or coconut milk for a tropical twist that pairs well with the lavender’s floral notes.
- Ginger Lavender: Add a small piece of fresh ginger during the infusion to infuse a gentle spiciness that complements the lavender.
- Earl Grey Lavender: Brew a strong cup of Earl Grey tea and use it as the base liquid for your syrup infusion, creating a lavender-infused tea syrup. Lavender and Earl Grey tea make a wonderful combination. I use it in this lavender earl grey cake.
- Vanilla Lavender: Combine the soothing aroma of vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste with lavender for a comforting and fragrant syrup.
Other sugar alternatives to make keto syrup:
Erythritol: A popular sugar alcohol with a similar sweetness profile to sugar. It’s often used in baking and cooking.
Monk Fruit Sweetener: Extracted from monk fruit, this sweetener is natural and has a taste profile close to sugar.
Allulose: A rare sugar with a taste and texture similar to sugar, which behaves well in cooking and baking.
Xylitol: Another sugar alcohol that is often used as a sugar substitute in recipes.
Liquid Stevia Extract: A concentrated stevia liquid sweetener; use a few drops and adjust to taste.
If you’re not concerned about using sugar, you could also use regular sugar to make homemade lavender syrup, such as white sugar.
However, I suggest other Sugars and Syrups instead:
Raw Honey: A natural sweetener with a distinct flavor. Use it in moderation, as it’s not sugar-free.
Maple Syrup: Provides a rich and earthy sweetness, but be mindful of its carbohydrate content.
Agave Nectar: A plant-based syrup with a mild flavor, but it’s relatively high in fructose.
Coconut Sugar: Made from coconut sap, this sugar has a caramel-like taste and can be used in a 1:1 ratio with sugar.
Brown Rice Syrup: A natural sweetener with a subtle flavor, it’s often used in baking.
Cane Sugar: is another way to add not a sugar-free sweetener.
While water is a common base, you can experiment with other liquids such as coconut water, almond milk, or even herbal teas like chamomile or mint to create different variations.
How does sugar-free lavender syrup taste like?
Sugar-free lavender syrup offers a delicate blend of floral and aromatic lavender notes, accompanied by a mild sweetness, making it a unique and refreshing addition to beverages and culinary creations. In addition, it is calorie-free and has calming and soothing effect.