Tuesday, 25 March 2014

'Popping Candy' Raw Chia Chocolate Bites

Oooh this one's a goodie! I was reading through the latest Nourish magazine yesterday (my new favorite mag!) and came across a recipe for Chia Seed Bites. They looked delicious, easy to make, and best of all I had everything I needed in the pantry.

In the words of Simon Gault, I decided to add that little "10% magic" and added some freeze dried raspberry powder to the recipe which really changed it from tasty to 'lick the bowl until you don't need to wash it' tasty!

I used sesame seeds and sunflower seeds as well as Chia seeds, and these 3 seeds combine to give a lovely crunch and the 2 small seeds pop in your mouth when you take a bite, hence why I call it popping candy, as the sensation is similar to the kind we all had as kids!

You can omit the raspberry if you are not a fan of the flavor, or don't have it in the kitchen. You could also use frozen raspberries instead if they are on hand.

'Popping Candy' Raw Chia Chocolate Bites (based on recipe in Nourish Magazine from 'Cooking With Chia" by Nicky Arthur)

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp raw cacao powder (you can use cocoa powder if that's what you have)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
pinch of salt
1 tsp freeze dried raspberry powder (optional)

1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients. Mix well to distribute evenly.
2. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into moulds or small muffin cases. 
3. Freeze or refrigerate until firm. 
4. Store in the fridge or freezer

Option: If you don't have raspberry powder, but still want that yummy raspberry flavor, pop a whole frozen raspberry into the middle of each bite before they set. That way you will get a tasty little raspberry surprise in the middle when you bite into it!