Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vegan Cheerio chocolate crackles with coconut

It's nearly Easter! I don't quite know how it got to be (almost) April, but I am enjoying my first spring Easter season. It's funny that I grew up to learn that winter pairs with Christmas, and spring pairs with Easter, but I never actually experienced those associations in Australia.


Easter is, of course, not only associated with Spring. Chocolate also features rather heavily, and these easy Cheerio chocolate crackles fit the chocolate theme with minimal fuss. They are a fun twist on traditional chocolate crackles made with rice puffs. They also swap coconut oil for the traditional copha, and use rice malt syrup for sweetness. The coconut topping is optional, but highly recommended.



I am not really qualified to speak of children's capacities or interests, but I would imagine these to be a child-friendly recipe. There is no chopping or real cooking involved - just mix, pour, and set. This means they are also friendly towards adults who are short on time!

I used unsweetened Cheerios for these, which means the slice is not super sweet. This suits me well, but if you want a more traditional sweetness level, you could use a sweetened cereal or add more sweetener to the recipe. You don't have to use Cheerios either. The traditional puffed rice would work, or a flaked cereal, or anything else that isn't too bulky. You could even go all out and use cocoa pops.


Cheerio chocolate crackles with coconut
A vegan twist on the traditional chocolate crackle recipe, made into slice form
Makes approximately 20 squares

Author: Bite-sized thoughts


Ingredients
40g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
80ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil
80ml (1/3 cup) rice malt syrup (or honey)
75g (3 cups) Cheerios or other cereal (I used unsweetened Cheerios)
Desiccated coconut, for sprinkling

Method
Line a square baking dish with baking paper and set aside.

Melt the cocoa powder, coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a large saucepan or mixing bowl, on low heat, until smooth and combined. Add the Cheerios and mix through using a wooden spoon.

Transfer the crackle mix to your prepared dish, and press down to distribute evenly. Sprinkle the coconut over the top.

Set in the fridge overnight, or for at least 6 hours, before cutting into squares. Store in the fridge.


Submitted to Healthy Vegan Fridays.

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16 comments:

  1. They look cute with cheerios. And I think this would work well as a child-friendly recipe both for making and eating!

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    1. I certainly would have enjoyed it as a child (and clearly haven't grown up) :-)

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  2. I've never cooked with cheerios before but I imagine they're pretty similar to rice bubbles. What a delicious Easter treat. I've been so slack this Easter - it's really snuck up on me all too quickly and I'm not sure how much Easter baking I'll get done. Love how these can be made in a flash and don't require baking xx

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    1. It's snuck up on me too! I think any actual baking will be happening over Easter itself, although even that is looking doubtful...

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  3. Great idea of creating cheerios this way. They look chewy and crunchy and rich...fun snack!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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  4. I like your Cheerio chocolate crackles. I have everything but the cereal to make these.

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    1. Any puffed type cereal would work if you have something else to use up :-)

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  5. They look delicious! it's something you could make really easily with kids.

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    1. I'm glad you think so too! Thanks Dannii.

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  6. I was thinking just the other day how I hadn't had krispie cakes in forever, and that I needed to remedy the situation. Thanks for the reminder! BIt of a daft question, but what does rice syrup taste like? I've never tried it!

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    1. I'm glad I could fit in with your rice krispie ponderings :D

      I find rice malt syrup a little bit like honey - obviously not quite, but it's the closest liquid sweetener to it I know of. Aside from that slight honey tang, it's fairly neutral, and I mostly associate it with just being very very sticky! It is stickier than maple syrup for example (good for things like this), and definitely not as distinctive in flavour as maple or golden syrups.

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  7. They're like an almond joy but in cereal bar form! Sounds great to me!

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  8. Yum! We actually have Cheerios in the house as I let Ellie choose a cereal. I may have to give these a try (well I'll supervise while my control freak toddler does the assembly). Post Easter treats ahoy! :)

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  9. What a fun dessert. I love chocolate and am always looking for fun new ways to enjoy it =) And I happen to have a big bag of puffed rice in my cupboard that would go well in here. Thanks so much for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I am pinning this to the Pinterest Board. I hope you had a great easter weekend!

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  10. 3 Researches SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually kill fat by consuming Coconut Fat (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from big medicinal journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!

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