For the cooks: Raw chocolate crackle baskets | Gourmand and Gourmet

For the cooks: Raw chocolate crackle baskets

Think back to your first culinary experience and it probably involved sticky rice bubbles and a mess that made your mum regret even letting you in the kitchen. Because while fairy bread was a serious treat, chocolate crackles were the real hero of every birthday party, family BBQ and school fete. To help you reminisce over the childhood treat, Paris Strauss from My Plate Clean Treats has made it even better – and a whole lot healthier, so you don’t even have to worry about your adult sized hips.

Chocolate Crackle Baskets

  • 3 cups raw buckwheat groats or puffed brown rice
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • ½ cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup, honey or rice malt syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut cream
  • 1 ½ cups soaked cashews, rinsed thoroughly (soak for 1 hour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, liquefied
  • ½ cup coconut cream
  • ½ cup maple syrup, honey or rice malt syrup
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, mix and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients into the dry bowl and mix until combined.
  • Place cupcake wrappers into a cupcake tray and put 1/3 of a cup mixture into the tray. Use your fingers to firmly mould the mixture up the side of your wrapper and the base to create a hole in the middle like a basket shape.
  • Once done, place into freezer to set while making the cheesecake filling.
  • Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth, making sure there are no lumps. Once blended, taste and tweak if needed.
  • Pour filling into basket centres and place in freezer for ½ hour or refrigerate for 1 hour if you have more time.
  • Once they are set you can either take them out of cupcake wrappers or leave them in, whichever you prefer. Top them with everything from choc dipped macadamias to seasonal treats like raw Easter eggs and festive goji berries and pistachios!
Snap, crackle, pop, EAT! Image credit: Pinterest