Chocolate Crackles – The Original
Chocolate Crackles – oh how we loved those bubbly little treats! Seriously, what children’s party was complete without a plate stacked high full of these yummy little morsels. In fact, I can’t ever remember going to a party where chocolate crackles weren’t a part of the scene. Simple to make and even easier to eat, they were simply a no brainer when it came to what to make for a party or what sell at the local school fete. Unfortunately, unbeknown to us at the time, there was a slight downside to these crackles. Though delicious, they were also heavy on the copha, sugar and chocolate – something we really didn’t think about back then.
Chocolate Crackles – The Healthier Version
Fast forward to the present day and thankfully we are a little bit wiser when it comes to baking goodies. We know now that we can make a healthy treat that is also delicious too. We just need to modify the ingredients a bit! So we have a modern take on the traditional children’s treat with less fat and sugar but definitely no compromise on taste. And the big plus – these chocolate crackles are no longer restricted to children’s parties – the updated version is for both adults and children alike!
When my daughter asked if I could whip up a tasty treat for her friends’ picnic, I jumped at the chance to try a healthy but tasty batch of chocolate crackles. A quick search online led me to many ‘healthy’ options. However, it was Deliciously Ella Every Day (love her cookbook) that was the inspiration behind these chocolate crackles. These are a modern day take on the traditional chocolate crackle.
Deliciously Ella makes the most delicious Quinoa and Cacao Crispy Treats . I’ve modified the recipe slightly with the addition of coconut sugar and coconut flakes (personal preference). I do like a coconut flavour and like the flakes for added texture.
I’ve also substituted whole grain brown puffed rice for the quinoa and added just a touch of vanilla extract. You really could add whatever takes your fancy, chia seeds or cacao nibs for a little extra crunch. I recently started making these with cashew butter and we were all in agreement that this gave a creamier taste. They should last in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days or more – I say should, because in our household they don’t definitely don’t hang around for long! The recipe makes about 20 if you use the small cupcake cases – and as they are bite-sized you could surely have more than one!
Healthy Chocolate Crackles
Healthy Chocolate Crackles
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 20 1x
- Category: Snacks
- Cuisine: Sweets
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- ¾ cup cacao
- 6 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp cashew nut butter
- 60 g wholegrain brown puffed rice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
- coconut flakes , chia seeds, cacao nibs (optional)
Mix the coconut oil, cacao powder, maple syrup and cashew paste together in a small saucepan over low heat until melted.
Add puffed rice to mixure.
Pour melted mixture into small patty cases and freeze for approximately 10 minutes or until firm.
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