I made these simple bath bombs with a 7 year old girl and we both made a lot of mess and had a lot of fun getting creative with the ingredients.We both trialled one in our baths that evening and they were every bit as nice as the ones you buy in the shop and felt all the more rewarding for having been home-made!
Ingredients: The Bath Bomb Basics
1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon of citric acid
1 tablespoon of white-coloured cornflour
1/2 – 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Ingredients: The Scents and Decorations
Rose petals, chopped
Lavender, off the stem
A few drops of essential oils: citrus fruit scents (lime, orange, lemon), flower scents (rose, jasmine)
Ground spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom
Whole spices to decorate: star anise, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods
|Preparation time – 5-10 minutes|
Preparation: Be very careful not to let any watery fluids get into the mix or they will start to fizz and disintegrate!
- In a small bowl mix the cornflour, bicarbonate of soda and citric acid together. If you want ground spice within your bath bomb add a little pinch now.
- Add ½ tbsp. of olive oil. Mix with the powders to stick them together. Use hands to shape into a ball. If crumbly, add more oil until it will stick together. Add essential oil, if using.
- If you want lavender or rose petals within the bath bomb (this looks pretty!) add a sprinkle of each now.
- Form into a ball by rolling in the hands. If you want a shaped ‘bomb’ you can squash the mixture into a small biscuit cutter – heart, flower or 5/6 pointed stars look nice. Pack in firmly, level the top as much as possible and then gently press out onto a surface.
- Wrap in cling film or put into clear, patterned plastic and tie with a ribbon as a present. When ready to use, simply drop all or half into the bath.
This is, essentially, a plug of my breakfast from this morning but it was delicious, balanced and healthy fulfilling all major food groups! Figs are a really good source of fibre so great for lowering cholesterol and preventing constipation (sorry, perhaps not the best breakfast topic but an important one none-the-less!). They also contain a good amount of potassium which can help to keep the blood pressure normalised – potassium is found in most fruit and vegetables in varying quantities so if you’re eating your 5-a-day then you’re probably getting enough potassium.
If you can’t find fresh figs then you could use dried ones but the texture and flavour of fresh figs is definitely more subtle, sweet and fresh. If you wanted to substitute the cinnamon pancake for an American-style plain or lemon flavoured one that would work just as well or you could make your own thin (English or French-style) pancake. To keep the calories similar just make sure the weight of the pancake is no more than 65g and that you don’t use too much fat when cooking – 1 tsp. of oil or butter in a hot pan should do.
INGREDIENTS (per person)
1 american style cinnamon pancake (65g)
2 tbsps of reduced fat creme fraiche or low fat greek yogurt
2 sliced fresh figs
1-2 tsp. of flaked or chopped almonds (or about 6 whole)
1 tsp runny honey
pinch of ground cinnamon
There’s not much to it really!
* Lightly toast the pancake if you’ve bought a pre-prepared one (mine were from the Asda bakery counter, but any other brands would do or you could make your own – don’t use too much fat to cook them)
* Layer the creme fraiche or greek yogurt on top (mine was reduced fat creme fraiche at around 50kcal per 2 tbsps)
* Layer the sliced fresh figs in an attractive manner on top – or simply chuck them on! Fresh figs can be pricey but if you look out for them around autumn (fall) time then they are a bit cheaper – I got 4 for £1
* Throw the almonds over the figs, drizzle the honey on top and sprinkle the cinnamon over everything
* Serve and enjoy – mine was wolfed down in less than 2 minutes!
Energy 455 kcal / 1904 kJ