These Festive Chocolate Crunch Bars make the perfect festive treat, and they are so much fun to make with kids. Crispy rice cereal mixed with chocolatey goodness, cranberries, ground ginger and cinnamon – these just scream Christmas and will have you Ho-Ho-Hoing all the way through December.
Happy 1st December! We really are in full festive mode now. The tree is going up later today (it would have gone up in November if I had my way) and I am keeping everything crossed that the cats or toddler don’t pull it down within seconds. Our house is filled with the smell of Christmas cookies and peppermint hot chocolates and Christmas carols are being played on repeat. Which is why we have a festive treat to share with you, and the don’t get much easier that this – no cooking, just all mixed up and put in the freezer.
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Like many others, I think the first thing I ever ‘made’ was Rice Krispy cakes. It couldn’t have been any simpler – mixing together Rice Krispies and melted chocolate and putting a handful in my mouth in between each stir. Only to say, with a mouth covered in chocolate, that I hadn’t been eating it. It’s something that I can’t wait to do with Avery when she is a little older and can stir a spoon in a big bowl of chocolatey goodness.
These Festive Chocolate Crunch Bars are fundamentally Rice Krispy cakes, but with a healthier makeover and a festive twist. Instead of melting chocolate, we have used coconut oil, cocoa powder and maple syrup and we have used a rice cereal that we picked up from a local health food shop, as it doesn’t have any sugar added to it – you could use Rice Krispies still though.
The festive twist is not just in the name. We stirred some dried cranberries in to these, and a little ground ginger and cinnamon to give you all the flavours that we love about the festive season. If you have Christmas activities planned with your kids during December, then be sure to add this to the list!
One of the great things about these little treats is that they have to be kept in the freezer to keep the chocolate set. This means that they are out of sight (but perhaps not out of mind) and you can just cut off a chunk whenever you or the kids want some. This makes them much easier to portion control, which is another reason they are healthier than regular Rice Krispy treats.
We have some delicious festive recipes coming up for you throughout December. There are a couple more sweet treats, some savoury dishes, some party food canapés and some amazing ways to use up Christmas leftovers, as I think we are all bored of the leftovers sandwich by now.
These Festive Chocolate Crunch Bars make the perfect festive treat, and they are so much fun to make with kids.
- 200 g (1 cup) Coconut oil
- 110 g (1 cup) Cocoa powder
- 8 tbsp Maple syrup
- 2 tbsp Vanilla extract
- 90 g (3 cups) of rice cereal
- 50 g Dried cranberries
- 0.5 tsp Ground ginger
- 0.5 tsp Ground cinnamon
Put the coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a pan and gently heated until melted.
Add to a large bowl with the rice cereal and add the dried cranberries, ginger and cinnamon and stir well.
Layer some baking paper in a dish and pour in the mixture, pressing down so it goes to the sides. Put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
Take a look at some more Christmas treats on the blog.