Choc Topped Almond Butter Bars

Choc Topped Almond Butter Bars

To My Precious Little Poppy Seed,

When I first discovered you this is how big the books said you were. The size of a poppy seed. Yet in my mind you are already a baby. I am holding you in my arms, I am feeding you, you are lying on my chest. You are happy and healthy and my heart is bursting.

I am not sure when I knew that you had found your way to me. Perhaps it was the day that I needed a sleep before I had even had my lunch, the day when my mood was unusually short.

That was the first sign.

Then I saw the two pink lines.

Those beautiful pink lines.

I knew right then that this time was different. That this time everything was going to be ok.

I am currently going through a mountain of tests and scans and sometimes I start to worry.

Your Dad looks at me, he says “You needn’t worry Polly, everything is fine”.

Your Dad is always right.

You are due on the 27th of August.

The same birth date as a girl I have loved for as long as I can remember.

I consider this a lucky omen.

So my precious, perfect Poppy Seed. I love you already. Every thought is of you. I am smiling from the inside out. Yesterday I was told I was glowing and although I know it is just my new tinted moisturiser I am happy to let you take the credit.

Because whether or not it is showing on the outside, I am indeed glowing.

I am not going to say I can’t wait to meet you, because I can, and part of me feels that we are already acquainted.

My ‘I’ is now ‘Us’ and I am going to enjoy the time that I have you all to myself, before you enter the world and I share you with our friends and family who will adore you.

They too will think you are a precious, perfect, little Poppy Seed.

I am not going to say stay safe little one. Because I know you are safe.

So I will just say that I love you and that this journey, this life that we will share, it is going to be great fun! Thank you for finding your way to me.

Mum. x


Choc Topped Almond Butter Bars

the bars

  • 6 tablespoons almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
  • 3 tablespoons honey*
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almonds, roughly crushed**
  • pinch of salt

the choc

  • 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  1. Start by making the bars. Place the ingredients into a bowl or jug and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into a silicon loaf pan and place in the fridge or freezer to set.
  2. Once set mix together the ingredients for the chocolate and spread the chocolate over the slice. Place in the fridge or freezer to set.
  3. Slice. Serve. Eat and enjoy.

*you can sub the honey with rice malt if you prefer.

**I place the almonds into a snap lock bag and crush with a rolling pin.

notes –

  • ensure your coconut oil isn’t heated when making the chocolate.
  • I pop the bars into the freezer for 20 minutes prior to slicing.
  • you may prefer to slice the bars with the chocolate on the bottom.
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Choc Topped Almond Butter Bars
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  • Kristy

    Oh Bianca, a big congratulations to you! How exciting 🙂 wishing you lots of love and happiness during this very special time! Thank you for the recipe, going to make it today to fill my preggo tummy too! X

    • Thank YOU!!! I hope your pregnancy is going well and that you enjoy the slice. It sounds like an exciting time for both of us. Take care. x

  • Ruth

    Yay!! Congratulations!! Just lovely! All the best to you & Poppy! Cheers!

  • Erica

    Congratulations. What beautiful news!

  • Wendywoo

    WOW! YIPPEEE! CONGRATULATIONS! Sorry about all the capitals and exclamation marks, but I think I’M going to burst with happiness too! I saw the title, and it didn’t click- I think in the UK it might be a blue line (or is your test so sensitive you actually know the baby’s gender already?) I assumed it was going to be about a drawing one of your children had done, so I was completely flabbergasted- I won’t stop smiling all day now! We will never meet, but I hold you close in my thoughts, and knew that Christmas was going to be sad for you but hey bingo! -A new year and a baby to look forward to! Take care, dear Bianca and a massive congratulations to you and your husband. x P.S. I nearly called my daughter Poppy, ( even if only as a middle name), but was talked out of it by total strangers- I’ve always regretted it x

    • Hi Wendy, your message as always made me smile. Thank you so much!! It is a very exciting time. I do not know the sex, no such technology yet but no doubt that will happen one day! I hope you are going well. xxx

  • amy

    I’m so excited for you!!! Congratulations!! Imagining how happy you are right now has made my day so much better x

    • Thank you Amy, that is so lovely. It is very exciting! xx

  • Sharai Haddock

    Omg! is this a recent post?!! Wow! I’m so happy for you all!! This is fantastic news

    • Yes this is very new. Thank you so much for your kind and caring words. I am sorry I made you cry on Christmas day. Last year was challenging and as happy and excited as I am about this pregnancy I am a little nervous too. Thanks again for your love and well wishes. Have a great weekend, Bianca

  • Whata beautiful way to start my day, reading this wonderful news. So happy for you Bianca, it has been a very big 12 mths and you deserve this happiness. Lots of love and safe wishes for your Poppy Seed x

    • Thank you so much Ashlea, that is such a lovely message yo receive. Yes, last year was hard. I am feeling very optimistic about this pregnancy but I can’t help but be a little nervous too. Thank you for your love and safe wishes. Have a great weekend, Bianca

  • Annie Regan

    Wow, this slice is delicious!!! I ate quite a lot of it yesterday, it was exactly what I needed. Congratulations on your pregnancy, I understand your nervousness, best wishes for everything going super smoothly!

    • Thank YOU for both your feedback and your well wishes. I really appreciate it. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

  • Mel

    Great way to share the news! I often think of you when I whip out my cookbook and how you are coping- this is very good news for so many of us little followers to read- perhaps more so than you realise 🙂 Happy 2015!!

    • That is lovely to hear! Thank you!! I will enjoy sharing the journey with you. Here’s to a fabulous 2015 and thanks again. xxx

  • Alex Sampson

    Lovely recipe, but more importantly, congratulations on your wonderful news. 2015 will truly be a wonderful year for you and your family. Look forward to your updates throughout your pregnancy xxx

    • Thank YOU!! It is a very exciting time, I will be sure to keep you posted on how Poppy and I are going. x

  • Donna Brittan

    I am so, so glad for you. <3 You deserve every wonderful happiness that this baby will bring you. I love your recipes and I love your writing: I especially love the way you share your feelings with us. My thoughts are with you on this precious journey with you and Little Poppy Seed. Love, love, love.

    • Thank YOU so much!!!! It is lovely that you take the time to read my stories and follow my journey. It is such an exciting time. I will be sure to keep you posted on how Poppy and I are going. Thanks again for your kind and caring words. xx

  • Oh I was hoping this would be your news! I am over the moon for you. Robyn xx

  • Katarina

    Congratulations! My son was due 27th of August but came out happy and healthy 12 days later! This was 8 years ago now. Thank you for sharing your lovely food. xx

    • Thank YOU. Oh 12 days late, I think I would be too impatient for that, I have never reached my due date and I am hoping this one is just a little early too. Anyhow, healthy is all that matters. I think August seems like a nice time to come into the world 🙂

    • And I am glad you like the recipes, Thank YOU

  • Melanie Calkin

    I clicked this recipe because it appealed to me. Little did I know that attached to the recipe would be the most amazing news!!! Congratulations mumma xxxx

  • Michelle

    You write so beautifully! This post is amazing 🙂

  • Veronica Wells

    Oh, congratulations! I write this with tears streaming because I only read yesterday your posts about the loss of your baby last year 🙂 I’m intensely happy for you. Thank you for amazing recipes, beautiful words and an insight into you human-ness. Bring on 27th of August!!!!!

    • Thank YOU so much!!!!!! It is a super exciting time and I feel very fortunate to be sharing it with this lovely community!! Yep, hanging out for the 27th, counting the days!! xxxxx

  • Ashlea Fidler

    Tears are running down my face as I cuddle my bump who is due on July 27th. After 2 miscarriages last year I am looking forward to meeting my little rainbow and am excited for you to meet yours! xoxo

  • Cat

    Mum to mum that was beautifully written and shared. Congrats Bianx!!