Whenever people hear the word "hormones," their minds are quick to jump to our reproductive hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. But in reality, our bodies host a network of around 50 different hormones that keep us functioning properly. I like to think of hormones as our bodies internal messengers. They play a huge role when it comes to looking and feeling our best. They determine the status of our weight, mood, digestion and virtually every other factor in our well-being. Which is why keeping them balanced is so important.
If you’re interested in reading more about how to balance your hormones, check out this blog post here.
As for the recipe, I’m SO excited to share this with you! I love taking unhealthy recipes and transforming them into something that’s good for us. So, in partnership with Organic Traditions, I give you my no-bake coconutty, butterscotchy, chocolatey bars of GOODNESS. I know - a mouthful, but I really don’t know what else to call them. I was going to call them bounty bars, but those don’t really have a butterscotch middle do they? I guess all that matters is that they taste amazing - and trust me THEY DO. Not only do they satisfy the sweet tooth, but they also contain two herbs that support your hormones and contribute to your reproductive health.
Maca enhances adaptability, supports hormone production and thyroid function. Also great for mood, energy and libido.
Important to note: there are three different kinds of maca - red, black and yellow. Yellow is the most commonly available and usually the least expensive. It packs a similar nutritional punch of minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and micronutrients as the other two kinds. However, red and black maca is far more superior when it comes to health benefits and healing. Also, gelatinized maca is more potent and easier on digestion than raw maca.
HOW TO USE MACA POWDER
Maca has a strong and robust “butterscotch” flavour that is paired nicely with chocolate (hence the bounty bars). Maca mixes well with sweeter breakfasts, like oatmeal, chia pudding, yogurt, smoothies, and granola, and is a great addition to desserts. You can even add 1/2 tsp into your morning coffee for an additional boost.
Supports both male and female hormones. Specifically improves fertility and helps reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause.
HOW TO USE SHATAVARI
Shatavari has a bittersweet taste and some find it unpleasant. If this is the case for you, you can turn to capsules as a method for ingesting or take it in powdered form by adding a tsp into a glass of warm coconut milk with some honey or yacon syrup to sweeten it. You can also try mixing it into elixirs, smoothies, raw desserts etc.
I love the quality of this shatavari powder - it’s the one I use.
If you’d like to learn more about the amazing benefits of shatavari click here to read this blog post by Organic Traditions - it’s very detailed!
On that note, I am very thankful to be partnering with Organic Traditions on this recipe because I love their products so much! They use high-quality sourced herbs and superfoods to create amazing powders and unique blends for hormone balancing, stress management, digestion, energy, and so much more. You can read more about their products here. Also - see notes below for a special discount code!
Now onto the recipe!
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp coconut butter, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp shatavari powder (I used this one)
Pinch of sea salt
Coconut Layer: In a large-sized bowl, mix all ingredients until thoroughly combined. Line 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and pack down mixture into base.
Butterscotch Layer: Add all ingredients into a saucepan and whisk continuously over medium heat until completely liquified. Pour onto coconut layer spreading out evenly until completely covered.
Chop mulberries in small pieces and sprinkle on top of the butterscotch layer.
Set in freezer for 20 minutes.
Chocolate Layer: Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil, while stirring a few times until completely smooth. Remove from heat and add in shatavari powder. When combined, pour over the frozen butterscotch layer, spreading out evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt and set back in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.
Once chilled, lift both sides of the parchment paper to remove the chocolate goodness and lay it flat on a cutting board. Using a large knife, slice into 1/2 inch bars and ENJOY! These tend to melt fast, so keep in the fridge or freezer!
Instead of almond butter, you can use any other nut butter.
You can sub maple syrup for honey or coconut nectar.
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Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique, for your individual health concerns, it is essential to discuss these with a Holistic Nutritionist or relevant health professional.
This post was sponsored by Organic Traditions, however all opinions are my own. I only recommend products that I know, trust and love! Thank you for your ongoing support – I know you guys will love these products!
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