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Lemon, Mint and Thyme (cookies): We Love Summer Time

August 22, 2015

Happy Sunday, dear friends!

As summer slowly but surely slips away, I’m grabbing it by the horns as strong as I can and have been obsessed with everything summer. Summer dresses, sandals, panama hats, bright lipstick, ice cream, iced teas and the ultimate: ice cold lemonade! I drink warm water with lemon every day in the morning for detoxing. My naturopath says it’s good, the entire Internet says it’s good so I’m on the lemon water train. Does it work? I certainly hope so! 🙂 But cold lemonade is something I only have in the summer time.

This week, when I went for a coffee and chat with the girls, I noticed that one of my favorites coffee spots in Munich were offering homemade lemonade with some interesting flavors. I quickly ditched the idea of having coffee and decided to go for the lemonade with thyme instead, which you can see here.

I was then left in a lemon-thyme inspiration mode and decided to re-create it at home with the addition of mint.

  1. Because I love mint
  2. We have some gorgeous mint growing in our balcony

So to make this lemonade you will need the following ingredients:

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Mint Thyme Lemonade
Yields 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 lemons
  2. 250 ml water for syrup, plus more for the lemonade
  3. 1/2 tsp stevia (plus more to taste)
  4. 1 tsp thyme
  5. 1 tbsp mint
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine stevia and 250 ml water. Bring mixture to a boil and leave simmering on low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the syrup into a bottle.
  3. Add the juice of 3 lemons.
  4. Fill bottle with water until 1 L is reached.
  5. Serve over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and thyme sprigs.
Notes
  1. Since the syrup is done with stevia it won't be as thick as sugar syrups are, but it will be very tasty!
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Taking my inspiration even further, why not some lemon, mint and thyme cookies? Cookies and lemonade sound like a good combo to me. But healthy cookies, please! By substituting most of the butter with avocado, you get the good fat instead of the bad. With coconut sugar and stevia your blood sugar levels stay stable, same with whole wheat spelt flour. With the addition of coconut flour we also get more protein and fiber. Plus, they taste pretty good! I did not make this recipe vegan because I had no applesauce to substitute the egg. This can be easily done though if you wish to stay 100% plant.

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Lemon Mint Thyme Cookies
Yields 15
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 70 g Earth Balance, room temperature
  2. 1 avocado
  3. 90 g coconut sugar
  4. 1 1/2 tsp stevia
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. Finely grated lemon zest of 1 lemon
  8. 180 g spelt flour
  9. 80 g coconut flour
Instructions
  1. Blend the vegan butter, avocado, coconut sugar and stevia until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, lemon juice and zest to the mixture.
  3. Mix in the flours until well combined.
  4. Leave the dough in a closed container in the fridge for 1 hour or in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 180C
  6. Using a spoon, scoop out the dough from the bowl and form approximately 15 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly.
  7. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 cm apart and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. They should be firm to the touch but not hard.
Notes
  1. Earth Balance is a vegan butter. This may be substituted for normal butter if desired.
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Buon appetito!

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