This recipe promises no tricks, just an absolute treat! It is easy to make with just a few ingredients and is perfect for little kiddies and all us kids at heart. They are not loaded with refined sugar and additives, so go ahead have an extra piece or two. Trust me, you will want to ;).
I’ve done a couple of chocolate recipes to date but not one with any crunch. I’ve always enjoyed chocolate bars with a bit of a bite and wanted to find a way to recreate that same texture without cookie wafers or nuts and came up with this recipe. A chocolate bar packed with little airy brown rice crispies enveloped in velvety chocolate—bliss.
I have always been a sucker for Halloween treats and find this time of year gives us the perfect excuse to indulge a little. It also brings back fond memories of trick or treating. Dressing up in costumes, running around the neighborhood plundering as many sweets as possible. Coming home to see the results was like opening a treasure chest full of gold—pure joy. Though those days in my life are gone, the memories will always remain. I wanted to find a new way to keep that fun alive; one such tradition is making these homemade treats.
• Fun to make and great to activity to do with little kiddies
• Vegan friendly
• No refined sugar or additives
I love how easy this recipe is to make. Just melt the chocolate, add the crispies, mix and freeze, and boom, you are done! Could it be any easier?! If you decide to go the extra mile to coat and decorate them, it may take a little more time, but well worth it. Plus, chocolate making and decorating is a lot of fun. I certainly don’t profess to be a fancy decorator, but I certainly have a lot of fun with it and is guaranteed to bring out the kid in you. It’s also great way for those of you with little kiddies to get them involved and make it a fun family activity! Also, you can feel good about knowing what is going into it with only a few wholesome ingredients.
• DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIPS – are also gluten-free and use cane sugar instead of traditional white sugar.
• COCONUT OIL – has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties and can also boost energy levels and metabolic rate as well.
• BROWN RICE CRISPIES – high in fiber and provides fuel for energy with low calories.
Crispy Chocolate Bars
Crispy Chocolate Bars
- 1 ½ cups dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips* (you could also use a bar of dairy-free chocolate as well)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup brown rice crispies (puffed white rice or puffed quinoa will also work)
- pinch of sea salt
Chocolate Coating (Optional)
- 1-1½ cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips* (you could also use a bar of dairy-free chocolate as well)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- pinch of sea salt
Halloween Decorating (Optional)
- ½ cup powdered sugar (refined sugar-free)
- 1-2 tsp almond milk (or any dairy-free milk of your choice)
- a handful of dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
- small-medium stainless steel bowl (or heatproof glass bowl)
- small saucepan
- silicone spatula (large metal spoon)
- measuring cups and spoons
- metal spoons
- parchment paper
- baking tray
- oven mitts
- ziplock bags
Melting the Chocolate (Double Boiler)
- Get a baking tray (that will fit into your freezer) and line with parchment paper, set aside.
- Fill your saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place it on the stove. Place the stainless steel bowl on top of the saucepan — the two should sit tightly together. You don't want a gap, as heat will escape. You also want to make sure the bowl does not touch the water, as it may burn the chocolate. Turn up the heat to high.
- Once you hear the water start to boil, add the coconut oil.
- After the oil is melted down (after 1-2 minutes) add the chocolate chips. Stir the chocolate constantly with your silicone spatula or spoon to help melt the chocolate. Then add in pinch of sea salt.
- Once you see the chocolate starting to melt down to a liquid consistency, cut the heat and remove it from the double boiler. It's fine if it's not all melted down, the residual heat from the bowl will help melt it all down. Once melted down, the chocolate should be a nice liquid-syrup consistency with a nice glossy sheen that slowly drips off your spatula or spoon. Let it cool down for 2-3 minutes. Remove ¼ cup of the chocolate in a separate bowl and set aside.
CRISPY CHOCOLATE BARS
- Slowly add the brown rice crispies into the melted chocolate bowl and fold in gently until everything is well incorporated and all crispies are covered with chocolate.
- Transfer the mixture onto the baking tray with parchment paper and press down on the tray with a spoon or spatula to bring everything together and press the edges to form a rectangle or square.
- Add the reserved melted chocolate over the mixture and use the back of your spoon or spatula to smooth over the mixture. This will help fill all the nooks and crannies with chocolate and ensure the mixture stays together, and doesn't crumble. Once you are done, place the tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
- NOTE: When I created these bars, I personally liked that the pieces were not uniform and each one was a different size and shape. However, if you prefer them to be more uniform, you can just score the bars with a knife to the desired shape and size you want before placing them in the freezer.
- After they are set, remove them from the freezer and let them rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. Then with a knife gently press into the block to break up the pieces. As you press down they will naturally break off into pieces. Alternatively, if you scored them before placing them in the freezer you will have your uniform pieces. You now have some yummy crispy chocolate bars, ready to enjoy! However if you want to take them a step further to give them a real store-bought chocolate bar feel, continue on for the next steps.
CHOCOLATE COATING (OPTIONAL)
- Repeat the steps of the chocolate melting process. Once the chocolate has melted and has cooled down for 2-3 minutes (We don't have it too hot, as it may melt the frozen chocolate bar pieces) gently place each bar piece one at a time into the melted chocolate. Move them around, spoon the chocolate over the piece until all sides are covered. Gently take them out and place them on the baking sheet.
- Repeat until all Crispy Chocolate Bars are coated with the chocolate and place them back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to set.
- Once everything is set, take them out and leave them at room temperature for about 5 minutes and eat!
- If you want to take these Crispy Chocolate Bars a step further and really get into the festive spirit, here are a few options to try out after coating your crispy chocolate bars:• CHOCOLATES: Take the remaining melted chocolate and drizzle on top of the Crispy Chocolate Bars. This will create a nice decorative finish to the bars. • SPRINKLES: add fun colourful sprinkles to brighten them up and add a splash of fun • NUTS: use some chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios for some added crunch.• ICING: create some pretty, dairy-free icing with ½ cup of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of dairy-free milk (white). Add the milk slowly as it is easy to add too much and tricky to adjust after. Add the mixture into a ziplock bag, close and push the mixture to the edge and make a small cut at the corner of the bag. You now have your own do-it-yourself piping bag! (If you have a piping bag you can use that as well). Be sure to practice on the parchment paper as the flow may come out too fast. Now is the fun part go ahead and decorate whatever design you'd like! You can even add some natural food colouring if you want to jazz them up even more. Honestly, the possibilities are endless. Just have fun with it and bring out your inner artist!