I’m all about adding a little bit of nature to my life in any way I can. I love plants (although still trying to learn how to keep them alive). I also love combining beauty and botanicals and this year I’ve been lucky enough to fully immerse myself on two occasions with the new plant loving haircare brand Botanicals Fresh Care, once in Paris and then at The Thyme Cottages. Since first being introduced to this brand in January, I’ve been using their Coriander range which is aimed at strengthening the hair, perfect for me due to my constant need for beachy sunkissed waves unfortunately meaning bleach and hot curling tongs. I was inspired by the range to create a botanical bake secretly packing in some of that super coriander…As well as keeping my hair from becoming a breaking mess, I LOVE the smell of this range making washing my hair a much more sensual experience, any opportunity to be indulgent with self care is a must during our non stop lifestyles.
Lemon, Chia Seed And Coriander Slice
One of my favourite things to do is bake especially with friends and we love experimenting and trying new recipes, adapting recipes, adding fun ingredients etc. This slice was developed with my friend Emily during one our girly nights in which always includes a pamper too. It’s adapted from a lemon muffin recipe which is why it’s so soft and crumbly. It’s best left overnight and enjoyed the next day for breakfast or afternoon tea but we couldn’t resist a nibble of the warm loaf straight out the oven at 10pm.
We actually used rolled oats and I grated the lemon zest thickly which created a lovely texture and worked well with crunch of the chia seeds. The coriander is there but not over powering and the coconut adds a lovely creaminess that you’d usually get from butter in a bake.
The lemon and coriander make this a guilt-free treat as both have high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. A bake with all of that goodness – yes please!
150g ground almonds
100g gluten free oats
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander
juice of 1 lemon
1 egg – beaten
100ml coconut oil
150g coconut yogurt (I used coyo)
1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Add all the dry ingredients including the coriander and lemon zest together and mix well.
In another small bowl, add the egg, lemon juice, coconut yogurt, coconut oil, water, honey and essence and combine well. Keep stirring or blend to fully combine.
Add to the dry ingredients and mix well so fully combined.
Prepare a loaf tin with baking paper and transfer the mix into the loaf.
Place into the prepared oven for 30-45 minutes until golden on top and a knife comes out clean. You may need longer depending on your oven.
The loaf will feel quite crumbled but it holds together once cooled. It’s very soft and delicious!
Slice a good inch and add a squeeze lime or lemon, a dollop of yogurt and an extra sprinkle of coriander.
Pop your Botanicals Fresh Care Coriander Strength Cure Treatment on and enjoy with a cuppa.
Love, Lottie x
Botanicals Fresh Care is now available to buy at boots.