When we were growing up, my brother and I, used to hang out for school holidays and the much coveted ‘1 box of holiday cereal’!
It was always either Froot Loops or Cocoa Pops – stuff that was never otherwise allowed in our home! We would be up at the crack of dawn the first day to make sure that one of us didn’t get a bigger serve than the other 😀
Now the ‘special cereal’ tradition has been passed on to my kids … but there is just no way I could
put that stuff in my trolley … even if it wasn’t for the allergies! Freedom Foods makes a pretty decent chocolate cereal that is fairly low in sugar and has extra fibre from chic peas and psyllium but it is a little box and with 4 excited kids – it makes it a very expensive treat that disappears after only 2 days!
So, I’ve had a go at making my own version of Cocoa Pops, inspired by my Sweet and Salty Puffed Corn. They are yummo – Even I have been tempted by a bowl 😉
- 170g puffed brown rice
- 2 tbsp tasteless coconut oil
- 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter (or nut butter)
- 3 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 3 heaped tsp cocoa powder (or 2 of cacao)
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
In a saucepan, place the oil, seed butter syrup, salt and vanilla. Cook over a gentle heat until all melted (90C, speed 2, approx 90 seconds).
Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa until you have a smooth but runny chocolate syrup.
Pour in puffed rice and mix until well coated. Initially it wont seem like enough mixture, but keep mixing, it will cover it all. I find this easier to do either in a very large saucepan or my big roasting tray – the thermal cookers aren’t quite big enough for this quantity, but do half at a time if you’d prefer to do it in one. Use the blunt blade (or reverse function in the TMX) and a very low speed.
Spread out on 2 lined baking trays (so it’s not too thick a layer) and place in a pre-heated 160C oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes, stirring once about half way through.
Allow to cool completely so they go crispy. Store in an airtight container in the cupboard, and serve as you would any cereal.
My kids have enjoyed it with cold milk and also just eating it as a snack!