As Easter is just around the corner and the Easter holidays are about to start I thought I would share this recipe for Healthy Rice Crispy Cakes Teddy and I tried from the wonderful Cooking Them Healthy website. If you haven’t discovered the Cooking Them Healthy website before trust me, it’s a great resource for finding recipes which are high in the flavour department as well as being that bit healthier for all of the family.
Don’t get me wrong, we are more than partial to a Cadbury’s Creme Egg or two but with so much chocolate around at this time of year I felt that this recipe makes a great alternative. It’s still really yummy (it passed the Teddy taste test), yet provides some healthy additions. The use of brown puffed rice (I used Rude Health) provide slow energy release and fibre, almonds are a source of protein whilst the chia seeds and sunflower contain Omega 6 fats making them good for healthy skin.
- 25g brown rice puffs
- 100g almond butter
- 100g honey
- 25g dried berries (we didn’t have any to hand so I cut up some dried apricots which worked well)
- 25g raisins
- A sprinkle of chia and sunflower seeds (any seeds or small chopped nuts would work wonderfully)
- Fresh raspberries, blueberries or grapes
- Some chocolate eggs
- Pop the almond butter and honey into a small pan and heat for a couple of minutes. It will gradually soften and form a thick paste.
- Next add the dried fruit, seeds and rice puffs. Mix all together with a wooden spoon.
- Next, checking that it’s not too hot, take small ball-sized handfuls and either in the palm of your hand or using a cupcake case. Firm the paste together and mould it into little nest shapes. You should be able to create a nice little hollow so don’t give up if it starts off rather crumbly as it will come together. (Your little helper may wish to “taste test” at this point!).
- The cupcake case itself will lose its shape so I often place them in another fresh case for effect (so each nest sits in 2 cases).
- Leave to cool and firm up, then fill with fresh berries or grapes and you can hide a little chocolate egg or jelly bean in there too.
- These will last unfilled in an airtight container for over a week. They can also be frozen so you can have them to hand whatever the occasion.