A recipe for a delicious chocolate rice crispy bar with the most incredible texture! Each chocolatey mouthful bursts with juicy dried fruit, crunchy seeds and nuts, and crisp rice cereal.
When I was younger, playing miniature sous chef to mum in the kitchen had its perks. The promise of the leftover batter at the end of a baking session was enough reason to don an apron, and the classic rice crispy recipe and its gooey marshmallow, toffee, butter and rice bubble concoction, had to be the quintessential kid-friendly recipe.
I set myself a mission to create a healthier option that tasted just as good – so here’s my take on it, and better yet it’s chocolate flavoured!
Wherever possible, I’ve switched up the ingredients in the original recipe for alternatives that offer added nutrition. Instead of a base of pure rice crisp cereal, I’ve also introduced nuts, seeds, coconut and other goodies…these add an incredible texture, and while you still get all of the flavour the bars become much more satisfying and nutrient-dense.
To bind the slice I’ve used honey as it’s a sticky sweetener (for a vegan option use rice malt syrup), as well as cocoa butter – when mixed with cacao powder, this is not too far removed from being chocolate, hence they taste amazing!
I get a lot of questions from clients as to whether ‘natural’ sweeteners like honey are healthier for you than regular white sugar – in short, sugar is still sugar no matter the source, and although some sweeteners (like honey) may offer a little more nutrition, we still need to be mindful of minimising our intake – so still treat this slice like the yummy treat it is 🙂