ROSE PETAL & GOJI BERRY FLORENTINES

I don’t know about you but every day around 3 pm my sweet tooth comes calling. Most of the time I opt for something chocolatey, my go to being a banana with homemade raw chocolate and cinnamon, but sometimes it’s fun to try something new.

Meet your new favourite dessert. These are the kind of sticky treats that I just can’t keep my hands off; the crunch of the nuts, the chew of the goji berries, the delicate flavour of the rose and the satisfaction of the chocolate. Oh so yum!

Don’t be scared of the rose; I promise it doesn’t taste like your granny’s perfume. It is very subtle and you have to agree, looks so pretty. Plus, rose is not only beneficial in your skin care, eating rose petals can lift your mood, soothe a sore throat and boost your immune system as they contain vitamin C. In ancient Chinese medicine they were used to treat digestive disorders and menstrual irregularities.

The whole family can enjoy these, even if they’re

✘ Paleo
✘ Gluten free
✘ Dairy free
✘ Vegan
✘ Refined sugar free

What’s also great about this recipe is it’s adaptable. If you don’t have goji berries you could try other dried fruit like dates, raisins, currants, cherries, cranberries or golden berries. The macadamias could be swapped for almonds, pistachios or brazil nuts etc.

When I bake, I often switch things up, sub ingredients and try different flavour combinations. I hardly ever follow a recipe to the letter. I think baking is most fun when you go with your instinct and taste buds. Besides, everyone’s preference is different. For example, I don’t have a massively sweet tooth (I prefer 100% dark chocolate to milk chocolate), I’ll add 10 times more cinnamon than a recipe suggests and I cannot stand hot spice, or even mild spice.

Ok, now your chef mode is engaged, let’s bake!

Big thank you to Buy Wholefoods Online for supplying me with ingredients to make these!

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp sunflower seeds 
¼ cup chopped macadamias
2 tbsp almond flour / ground almonds
2 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp rose petals
(+ extra for decorating)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
¼ tsp vanilla powder / extract
¼ tsp cinnamon

TOPPINGS

Melted raw dark / milk chocolate
(70g bar will be more than enough)
Rose petals

METHOD

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C. Line and grease a baking tray.
  2. Add the chopped nuts, seeds, flour, goji berries rose petals to a bowl. Give them a rough mix.
  3. Pop a pan on a low heat. Add the oil, maple, nut butter and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the caramely sauce over the nut mix. Mix to thoroughly coat the nuts, seeds and fruit in the sticky sauce.
  5. Bake the florentines for 7 – 10 minutes.
  6. Allow them to cool. Then melt your chocolate.
  7. Half dip the florentines in the chocolate.
  8. Sprinkle a few rose petals onto the chocolate half of the florentine.
  9. Place in the fridge to set.
  10. Eat the remaining chocolate, tackle the washing up and make a cuppa to enjoy with your homemade treat.

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