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Friday, 28 February 2014

Homemade cocoa puffs (sugar free)


I've always had a strange relationship with cereal, when I was younger I was the child that hated milk and would sit there pouring the milk off the spoon without letting the cereal fall off. I also hate my cereal going soggy, so breakfast was a balance of carefully pouring the milk off the spoon and speed eating so the cereal didn't turn to mush. Don't even get me started on when your milk starts tasting sugary from the cereal or even worse...chocolatey. When I was a teenager I pretty much only ate cereal dry, I'd take it to school in a bag and sneakily eat it during lessons. I am now a full on granola obsessive and the best part...it takes forever to go soggy, I keep meaning to try and make a dupe of my favourite granola because I have to go to a specific tesco just to get it. You may have seen me? I'm the freak standing at the checkout with 6 boxes of the same cereal and 5 cartoons of almond milk.

Enough of my cereal tales; I will warn you now, I spent quite a while rolling these balls and oh man is it time consuming. Next time I'd just give up and try cooking them as blobs, can I trade mark that now? Cocoa blobs; coming to a store near you!

Original recipe by heathers french press
120g/ 1 cup of plain flour
30g/ 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
40g/ 1/4 cup of ground almonds
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
105g/ 1/4 + 1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp greek yogurt or coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas mark 5
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl with an electric mixer.
Once the mixture forms a dough take small bits and roll into balls about blueberry size
Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes
Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Makes bout 230 balls

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