OMG these are sooooo good! These antioxidant rich ‘lamington’ squares would have to be THE easiest and one of the most delicious things that I create in my kitchen. And I love to create..
In our Bare Beauty ‘skin food lab’ we are all about what beautiful oils and butters can do for the health and appearance of your skin. In our kitchens, we think about what we can put in our bodies not just to improve our health but to encourage great skin from the inside out.
With this in mind, we have decided to do a few blogs about super skin foods with recipes that help your skin from the inside out! After all, you are what you eat 😉
Each recipe will have a breakdown of each key ingredient and how it benefits the health and appearance of your skin.
- Cocao ~ High in antioxidants which are key in blocking harmful free radicals in the body and protects against premature aging. High in vitamin C & magnesium which protects your skin & keeps it healthy. Cocao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which help in cellular healing & promotes blood flow.
- Berries ~
- ~ Goji berries ~ Very high in antioxidants and amino acids, both which have a great impact on your skin. Amino acids increase your growth hormone levels which will help replenish the youth in aged skin and reduces inflammation by increasing blood flow.
- ~Blue berries ~ Blue berries contain many different vitamins and nutrients which benefit the skin. These nutrients help with acne, broken capillaries and splotchy skin. The vitamins normalise oil levels in your skin, especially vitamin A. Also high in antioxidants and fibre.
- ~Cranberries ~ Contain high concentrations of vitamin C which repairs tissue damage & contains antioxidants.
- Coconut ~ High in good fatty acids which strengthen connective tissue and helps your skin shed dead cells. It is also high in manganese and copper bith which support collagen production. Coconut oil is naturally high in fibre which will help improve your digestive system. You need a healthy digestive system to have healthy skin. (or anything else!) Also high is antioxidants. We use coconut oil in EVERYTHING!!!
- Vanilla ~ Vanilla is a good source of essential oils, vitamins & minerals especially vitamin B and can help improve the look of your skin tone. Great source of antioxidants.
- Dates ~ Dates are a natural source of vitamin B5 which is highly beneficial for skin cells as it repairs damage caused by free radicals. Medjool dates contain Vitamin A which helps to eliminate dry & dead skin cells and regenerate new ones. Loaded with vital nutrients, dried dates can nourish the skin and improve texture.
Now that the why of things has been sorted out, lets get cooking! (I tend to use organic ingredients where possible)
Super Easy Choc Berry Lamington Squares
- 350gm Dates (I use half medjool and half regular dates)
- 60gm Shredded Coconut
- 40gm Cocao
- 150gm Berries (I used 50gm each of goji, blue berries & cranberries)
- 2stp Vanilla Powder or Extract (I like to use powder)
- 50gm Virgin Coconut Oil (Must be organic virgin for that yummy taste)
I use a thermomix but you can use a food processor as well.
- Put everything into the mixer and blend on medium high for 30 seconds. (maybe longer in a food processor)
- Line a small lamington tin with cling wrap and put the mix on top of the cling wrap. Spread it around.
- Place more cling wrap on top and press it firmly down right up to the sides of the pan.
- Chill in fridge until firm. Cut into squares and try not to eat it all at once 😉
This also makes a great healthy treat at christmas time. If you have a whole food place near by, try to source your ingredients there.
Well i’m off to see if mine is ready to eat yet 😉 Enjoy! Keep your eye out for our next Super Skin Food recipe 🙂
Don’t forget to cook with love