As a little introduction to this recipe, I should give you a bit of background…
I put this recipe together and then stumbled across some information about how eating puffed grains can be harmful (thank you Georgia at Well Nourished). Naturally I consulted my local expert Caryn from A Little Bag of Sunshine, who confirmed the same thing for me . Apparently puffing the grains denatures the protein – changing the molecular structure of the protein to one that our body does not recognize and therefore cannot break down or process and utilise any nutrients from.
This left me with the predicament of what to do with my crackles recipe. So I shelved it for a while, then when I started thinking about Miss M’s birthday party I was conflicted….as we follow a very healthy diet anyway I thought if I’ll allow these for their birthdays only. In terms of party food it’s much better than anything else you normally have for kids parties anyway.
So with that, here is my recipe for chocolate crackles. As per above, please note eating puffed grains is not something you should do every day and the amount of sweetener (albeit fructose free!) is quite high, so regard them as a treat to enjoy on special occasions only!
- 100g Almond Butter
- 100g coconut oil (for nut free exclude almond butter and use 200g coconut oil)
- 160g Pureharvest Rice malt syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla powder
- 20g cacao
- 20 desiccated coconut
- 50g organic brown rice puffs
- Add almond butter, coconut oil and rice malt syrup to Thermomix bowl. Melt 100 °C, spd 1, 2 minutes (or until melted – time depends on consistency of coconut oil!).
- Add vanilla powder, cacao and coconut. Mix spd 2, 5 seconds.
- Add rice puffs. Mix reverse, spd 3, 10 seconds.
- Pour into mould of choice. I use a silicon cake mould and cut when set – this saves waste, means you can make smaller portions and – well let’s face it – is so much easier!
- Place in freezer to set. Once ready, slice into small squares. Keep refrigerated.
I keep mine in the freezer until just before ready to serve – this saves it melting everywhere and hopefully will give you less mess to clean up!
Try different nut butters in place of almond butter – or for nut free omit altogether and increase coconut oil.
Sprinkle with desiccated coconut for extra crunch and flavour.