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)
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.
Replace the puffed grain with the same amount of toasted almond flakes or another chopped nut or seed.
Use rice syrup to sweeten.
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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The front one is made with puffed rice and the back one almonds.