These healthy chocolate crackles will be loved by kids not just at Easter but anytime.
4 cups puffed brown rice
4 tbsp raw cacao
¼ cup desiccated coconut
1 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla bean powder or paste
½ cup rice malt syrup
¼ cup goji berries
30g white chocolate, for decorating
In a large bowl, combine puffed brown rice with cacao, desiccated coconut and goji berries.
Heat coconut oil, vanilla bean paste (or powder) and rice malt syrup over a low heat and stir until melted and well combined. Allow to cool slightly before pouring over dry ingredients. Mix well.
Using your hands, mould the mixture into owl shapes. You could also use a purchased mould. Place on a tray and refrigerate for an hour. Once set, melt white chocolate and place into a piping bag. Pipe the eyes, beaks and wings and place back into the fridge for a few minutes to set.
If they aren't devoured in minutes, these owls make beautiful gifts. Pop them in clear cellophane bags and tie with some gorgeous twine or ribbon. Just be sure they have a quick trip to their recipient - they aren't quite as pretty when they're melted.
I used the 'I Quit Sugar' chocolate crackle recipe as a base for these owls and added a few extra ingredients to boost the protein power. Goji berries are packed with amino acids and Vitamin C and have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They add sweetness to the chocolate would otherwise come from refined sugar - something you won't find here.