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Healthy Chocolate Crackle Christmas Trees

These Healthy Chocolate Crackle Christmas trees are a simple, nourishing Christmas inspired treat.  I was inspired to make these at my sons Prep party day.  I saw one of the mums from another class carrying a pretty chocolate tower and I couldn’t help but enquire what it was.  She said it was a chocolate crackle Xmas tree.  Now I’m not a fan of accumulating too much cooking stuff, so I was thrilled to hear that she used a piece of cardboard, shaped into a cone and then lined with baking paper for the mould.

I make healthy chocolate crackles for my kids parties, so I knew right away what I would do.  But loving to experiment as I do, I also whipped up a grain free version too.  I’m thrilled to share these with you.  I hope you enjoy them !

Why are they so healthy?
Made with puffed whole grains as opposed to the sugar ladened commercial rice bubbles, these make a guilt free treat.  The coconut and coconut oil are super healthy for reasons I’ve written about here.  The grain free version is a great source of protein and healthy fats.

Makes one tree (about 20-30cm heigh)

Ingredients
100ml  extra virgin coconut oil melted
3 tablespoons of rice or maple syrup (more or less to taste, I used rice syrup)
¼ cup desiccated coconut (optional)
2-3 tablespoons cacao powder (more cacao will make it more chocolatey)
2 cups puffed grain, I used puffed brown rice but it would work with millet, quinoa or activated buckwheat (or a mix).  See variations below for grain-free.

Method

  1. Over a gentle heat, warm the coconut oil and syrup until combined.  Mix in the cacao powder.  Now combine this with the puffed grain and coconut (or nut variation below).
  2. To make your mould, roll a piece of thin card into a cone shape and stick together.  Line this with baking paper and wrap a piece of foil around the tip of the cone (to stop any oil leaking out).
  3. Now spoon the mixture into the cone.  Every couple of tablespoons, I packed the mixture down into the mould using the end of a wet rolling pin.
  4. Once done, lay on its side in the freezer until set (15 minutes or so).
  5. Remove the card and baking paper, decorate with berries and cherries and serve immediately (or store in the fridge until ready to eat).

Variations
Grain-free
Replace the puffed grain with the same amount of toasted almond flakes or another chopped nut or seed.

Low-fructose
Use rice syrup to sweeten.

Coconut-free
Replace the coconut oil with raw cacao butter and omit the desiccated coconut.

Make it minty
Add peppermint essence or essential oil for a peppermint chocolate treat.

Love for you to spread the Christmas cheer and share this with a friend!

 

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Christmas chocolate crackle tree

The front one is made with puffed rice and the back one almonds.

  • Kerri

    I make this recipe a lot and I love this idea but it wouldn’t last 5 mins on a Qld Christmas Day 🙁

    • Ha ha – yes like any ‘crackle’ even the traditional type, they don’t hold up well out of the fridge. Last Christmas Day I made a couple of these (and it was a really hot day – I’m also in QLD). I served them straight from the freezer and they were fine for about half an hour or so. The kids had a good go at them and then I popped what was left back in the fridge looking a lot less pretty than it did to start with. They finished it off Boxing Day! G x

  • Jane

    How do you serve it though?

    • I made two big ones last Christmas day (grain and grain free) and I just sliced bits off. You could also make individual little cones or even just use the mix in little cups like regular ‘crackles.’ (this is what I do for b’day parties).

      The lady I was inspired by at last years school party had hers in one big cone in the school fridge, and bought it out just as the party started. The mum just served it up to the kids on napkins, G x

  • Hello Georgia, these look great! I think I recall reading something on your site about limiting puffed grains as they aren’t that great for you (but ok as a treat, like Christmas!), am I right? I make a chocolate crackle as well but I remember reading something you posted and it made me stop making them..so I wanted to check! Thank you so much 🙂

    • Yes Kristy, I am quite wary of puffed or extruded grains (wrote about them in my ebook). So Xmas, sometimes birthdays is the only time I use them (or I mostly make the ‘grain free’ tree) if no one has nut allergies. So yep. you’re spot on. Merry Christmas G x

      • Oh great thank you Georgia – I was wondering whether I was dreaming or not! Thank you so much for the reply. You have a lovely Christmas too x

  • what a grew idea – thanks for sharing

  • Lina Fidanza

    Fabulous. What a great recipe. Thank you for sharing. Have 2 little “cones”, and a few cupcake papers as well, in freezer. Looking forward to serving them up on Christmas Day.

  • You’re welcome G x

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