Recipe of the week: Healthy chocolate coconut crispie squares

Healthy chocolate coconut crispie squares.

Healthy chocolate coconut crispie squares.

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I think these are my new favourite snacks when I need a chocolate fix. They taste great!

They contain healthy ingredients, but are quite high in calories, so be careful not to eat too many!

Makes 16 squares

Total time 20 mins, plus chilling

The squares keep for about 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge

Ingredients:

50g natural cacao powder

50g coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing

3 tbsp Pip a Nut coconut almond butter (alternatively, you can use Meridian coconut and peanut butter)

1 tbsp ground turmeric

2 tbsp maple syrup (or you can use date syrup)

3 balls of stem ginger, very finely chopped, plus 3 tbsp syrup from the jar

100g puffed brown rice

50g goji berries or dried cherries, chopped

40g pistachio kernels, roughly chopped

For the top layer

150g coconut oil

80g natural cacao powder

6 tbsp maple syrup

Method:

1 In a large bowl, mix together the cacao powder and coconut oil until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the nut butter, turmeric, maple syrup, diced step ginger and syrup until completely combined.

2 Add the puffed brown rice and three quarters each of the goji berries and pistachios. Carefully stir together until the mixture is evenly covered in chocolate.

3 Tip the crispie mixture into a lightly greased 20cm square non-stick baking tin, and flatten the mixture with the back of a large spoon. Put in the fridge to chill for 1 hour, or until set (or put in the freezer for

20 minutes).

4 Meanwhile; for the top layer, heat the coconut oil in a small pan until just melted. Stir in the cacao powder and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the maple syrup and leave to cool and thicken slightly.

Spread over the set crispie mixture in the tin and sprinkle with the rest of the goji berries and pistachios. Return to the fridge until set. Loosen the crispie cake at the edges then cut into 16 squares.

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