A beauty bar that you will relish

Calendula extract is commonly found in soaps and creams. It offers similar benefits even when added to food

Edible calendula beauty bar

Calendula [also known as pot marigold] petals are a pure beauty food and are regularly used in herbal creams to treat various skin conditions. All things yellow and orange are packed beta carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A—an important vitamin that helps improve wound healing, prevent wrinkles and soothe the skin.

Calendula beauty bar

Makes 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped cup calendula petals
  • ¾ cup grated carrot
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste/essence
  • ½ cup coconut butter
  • ¼ cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp white miso
  • 1 tbsp orange zest

Preparation method

  1. Place the coconut butter and rice malt syrup in a jug, and rest it over a bath of hot water to soften or liquefy.
  2. Roughly blitz the whole almonds in the food processor. Make sure that there are chunks of it.
  3. Add all other dry ingredients, except the flower petals and goji berries, and pulse till combined.
  4. Pour the coconut butter and rice malt syrup into the mixture and add the vanilla paste. Pulse again till combined.
  5. Add the flower petals and goji berries at the end for one final quick pulse.
    Transfer the mixture to an 8 inch square cake tin, lined with baking paper; flatten the surface. Press slivered almonds and some orange zest over the top to decorate.
  6. Freeze to set, cut into 8 large beauty bars to serve.

This was first published in the March 2015 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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