I feel like I am waaaaay overdue for a recipe post. Life has been kind of wild and in turn I haven't been spending as much time getting creative in the kitchen. Cooking is such a passion + love of mine, so this weekend I came back to what makes my heart happy and found joy in playing around with so many beautiful ingredients + flavours.
I came up with these beautiful botanical bars and let me tell you sister, they do not disappoint!!! They are completely free of all nasties and are truly filled to the brim with whole ingredients that serve purpose to your body.
I’m so excited to be featuring my all time favourite chocolate bars in this recipe — Honey Mamas. I’ve been writing and sharing a lot about this brand recently on my social media platforms, and for good reason! You guys know by now how passionate I am about healthy living and healthy eating. I’m conscious about the food I put into my body and try my very best to honour God with the body He has blessed me with. When I found Honey mamas, every part of me completely aligned with their products and their message.
Honey mamas are made from such wholesome, natural and pure ingredients. Each bar is made up from a base of raw honey, unrefined coconut oil, cocoa powder, Himalayan pink salt, and sprouted almonds, shredded coconut, or sesame seeds. Their sourcing is truly phenomenal and these bars taste like chocolate fudge. My personal fav is the lavender and red rose bar. This is the chocolate I have featured in today's recipe and I’m so excited for you guys to try it out.
I will leave some quick links if you want to follow along and find out some more information about this incredible company!
Alright, let’s get straight into this recipe.
i n g r e d i e n t s :
1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/3 cup of ghee
2 tablespoons of raw honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 tablespoon of dried elderflower
Pinch of himalayan pink salt
6 fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of coconut cream (I highly recommend you purchase from trader joes because the can is majority cream and that’s the part you need for this recipe)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 packets of lavender red rose honey mamas bars
Ingredients in the bars: Single origin alkalized cocoa, lavender oil, dried red rose petals, raw local honey, coconut meat, unrefined coconut oil, and Himalayan pink salt.
m e t h o d :
Just as these botanical bars are broken up into 3 different layers, that’s exactly how we are going to prepare them.
First up we have the elderflower shortbread layer.
Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
In a bowl combine all base ingredients I listed above
With a hand mixer beat ingredients together until well combined (You are looking for a consistency where the dough will bind together. Don’t freak out if it's a little flakey. You are aiming for a shortbread kind of biscuit)
Once you have reached desired consistency. Line a small baking tray and press your mixture until it is a few cm’s thick
Bake for 10 -12 minutes
Once your shortbread has cooked, allow it to cool
Next we are going to work on that beautiful strawberry, coconut and vanilla filling.
Add all filling ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor
Mix until well combined
Once you have reached your desired filling consistency pour over the top of the shortbread
Place in the freezer to set for 2-3 hours
Last but definitely not least, we are going to work on that beautiful chocolate topping.
Set your stovetop to a low/medium heat
Add honey mamas chocolate bars into a small pot and allow it to melt slowly while mixing continually
Once the chocolate has melted, add it on top of the filling layer
Ensure you spread evenly
Place in the freezer to set for another hour
This was such a fun recipe to create and I have been super intentional with all the ingredients I have used. I finished up a herbal course last fall and have a love for all things botanical. In this recipe we allow our tastebuds to explore new flavours through the elderflower, lavender and the red rose. These are all such beautiful herbal allies and compliment each other so well.
Lavender and rose petals contain anti-inflammatory properties. These are beautiful herbs to take when it comes to digestion because they are so gentle on our gastrointestinal tract.
Elderflower has incredible properties such as: diuretic, laxative, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Elderflower has high antioxidant properties too, so it’s a wonderful herb to support the immune system. It also has the most beautiful floral flavour. I’m truly obsessed!!
These botanical bars are gluten, dairy, refined sugar, nut free and paleo! They are the perfect snack, dessert or 3 pm pick-me-up.
I ended up cutting each longer bar into 4 little pieces so this recipe makes 16 and I store mine in the freezer. Just ensure you allow them to thaw out for a few minutes before you eat them!
I hope you love these botanical bars as much as I do. They are such a nourishing little treat and a perfect example of how eating healthy can be easily incorporated into your lifestyle.
As always I hope and pray this post has been inspiring and informative for you.
Enjoy these bars and flourish, lovely!