Who doesn’t love a chocolate crispy treat?! They are definately not just for kids but they are a great recipe to do with wee ones. Quick, messy and delicious…you can eat them as you make them and to top it off these ones are actually good for you. I’ve tried lots of raw chocolate recipes and I just love it. It totally satisfies my chocolate cravings and has gone down pretty well with the family too. Now I know some of the ingredients I’m using here might look a little daunting and hard to get hold of but I promise they aren’t. Any good wholefoods shop will stock everything I’ve listed and even some supermarkets. Cacao powder and cacao butter are ace ingredients to have in your cupboard if you want to try some raw chocolate recipes. Yes they are a little expensive but a little really does go a long way with these so you won’t need to buy them again for a while. The same can be said for coconut oil. Cacao powder is full of antioxidants, magnesium, calcium and iron. I mean how can you argue with chocolate that’s good for you! It has its own unique flavour but is similar in taste to dark chocolate.
So on to the recipe. I make two types of the these crispy treats; the adult dark chocolate and orange version and the crowd pleasing sultana and cranberry. But really the sky is the limit, you can add whatever you want to these.
- 1/4 cup cacao butter
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 50g wholegrain puffed rice (or cereal of your choice)
- Zest of 1 small orange
- A small squeeze of juice from that orange
- A sprinkling of cacao nibs or good quality dark chocolate chips
- 50g sultanas
- 25g dried cranberries
Melt together the cacao butter and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl over a pan of water. Once melted take off the heat and stir in the cacao powder, maple syrup and vanilla.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the puffed rice in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Next mix in your extras. I like to do half grown up orange and half sultana and cranberry. Best of both worlds.
Spoon into paper cases, refrigerate until firm and then hose down your children who will by this point be chocolate coated too.