puffed rice with cacao powder. excuse me?
Cacao powder is often mistaken for cocoa powder. They are two different things. Cacao is in its purest form. It is raw and made by cold-pressing cocoa beans. This doesn’t remove any of the enzymes but removes the butter (fat). Whereas cocoa powder is roasted at high temperatures which lowers the content of enzymes and therefore nutritional value.
Cacao powder is high in anti-oxidants and has been proven to lower blood pressure. Therefore we should eat it all the time right? It is vegan and perfect to add to any sweet dish to give it a chocolatey flavour. Readily available now in most supermarkets, I get mine from Aldi where it is so cheap.
Now onto the puffed rice. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Rice that is puffed. I get mine from Holland and Barrett or Sainsbury’s (in the free from aisle). It is wholegrain brown rice and therefore high in nutritional content and gluten free.
Dairy and Gluten Free, these donuts are super easy and quick to make, require no baking or equipment. Just combine and freeze. A healthier snack alternative or dessert that can be enjoyed by all. If you don’t have a donut tin to hand, feel free to just create into bars!
Makes 12 donuts
takes approx. 30 minutes
For the bars
120g of puffed rice
100g almond butter
70g pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 15 minutes)
30g cacao powder
60ml coconut oil (melted)
100ml maple syrup
¼ tsp sea salt
1. Line a your donut tin with oil of choice. I used coconut oil.
2. Blitz your dates and almond butter in a food processor until a paste forms, then add your cacao powder, oil, maple syrup and salt. Combine again.
3. In a mixing bowl, empty your mixture from the food processor then fold in your puffed rice and empty the mixture into your tin. Flatten and place in freezer to set for approximately 20 minutes.
4. Take donuts out of the tin and enjoy!
Best eaten straight out of freezer.
Enjoy! – share and tag your creations with me on Instagram @whatluceeats