The boys are always asking me to make cakes and during one particularly cold afternoon, when the school was closed due to the snow, I was asked to make “rice crispy cakes”. Great idea! I’ll make vegan style rice crispy cakes and enjoy some nice afternoon dessert with a large cup of coffee on PJ day! However, I didn’t have any Rice Krispies and I didn’t have any chocolate to melt. So, I decided to improvise (as usual), by rifling through what I had in the cupboard and hoping for the best. I found some Weetabix (that could work) and Bran Flakes (bingo!) Bran flakes are much better than processed rice crispies anyway, right?
Sadly, I had run out of Maple Syrup and it was too cold to go out with the boys to buy some more, but I did have some brown sugar to sweeten the cocoa powder I had. Plus, I’ll make the whole thing stick together with coconut oil, which would be the fat in the recipe. But, how do I make this whole thing healthier? Well, there are carrots in the fridge… and they are sweet… Let’s see what happens…
So, yes, weirdly, the ingredients are as follows:
Working out what the ingredients were going to be was the hard part. Now, we just fuse the whole thing together, starting by melting the coconut oil, so I could at least work with it to combine the ingredients. I peeled and grated the carrot so that it mixed well with the bran flakes and the cocoa powder and, I swear, you couldn’t even see it in the finished product!
You couldn’t even taste it! The boys were shocked to their core that there was any kind of veg in a well-known kids’ favourite and the bran flakes were a brilliant alternative to Rice Krispies. In fact, they worked so well that I’ll only use bran flakes from now on. I didn’t like the amount of brown sugar I used, but this dessert makes 12, so you’re not going to eat all of them in one sitting. Also, if you add a liquid sweetener, like my favourite, Maple Syrup, you won’t need a 3/4 cup of brown sugar to sweeten this crispy cake.
So, let’s get on with the recipe. Enjoy! This one is indulgent and very tasty!
- 2 Carrots, Peeled and Grated
- 3/4 Cup of Coconut Oil, Melted
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 4 Heaped Tbsps. Cocoa Powder
- 31/2 Cups of Bran Flakes
- Melt the coconut oil for about 50 - 60 seconds until fully melted
- Add the cocoa powder and mix well in a large bowl, until everything is combined in a nice thick gooey consistency
- Add the sugar and grated carrot - mix well
- Stir in the Bran Flakes and ensure everything is covered well. Careful not to crush the bran flakes
- Line a tray with baking paper and place a rough tbsp amount of mix to the tray in a circular/round shape. You don't need cupcake cases as the coconut oil will hold everything together.
- Place in the fridge to set for around 30 minutes, although, if you're in a rush, they'll be ready in 10 minutes.
- Enjoy your Bran Flake crispy cakes!
- In a cold environment, the coconut oil will set quite quickly, so work fast! You want to work with melted coconut oil so you can combine everything easier.
- If at any time the coconut oil in the mix starts to harden, just place back in the microwave for a few more seconds, so it turns back into a gooey consistency.
- If you use a liquid sweetener - and I would advise that you do - you will use less, which is better than 3/4 cup of brown sugar! Of course, reduce the amount as desired.
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(P.S – You can save more money by combining the cocoa powder and brown sugar and just buying regular melting chocolate, which I didn’t have to hand at the time)
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