Healthy Halloween Frankenstein Bites
I love this time of year. It truly feels like Winter now, and the countdown to Christmas begins! But first of all, let’s have some fun with Halloween. A lot of people will be baking today, creating some wonderful treats in all kinds of scary shapes and sizes such as ghost biscuits and witches fingers. I’ve seen so many amazing creations online, but this year I wanted to put my own healthier touch on them.
So, tonight I thought we should get creative and make some Frankenstein bites! I have used puffed brown rice as the main ingredient – think rice krispies minus the sugar and less processed. To get the green colour I have used Matcha, a green tea powder that is high in antioxidants, and to decorate them I have used a simple dark chocolate. To sweeten them I have used honey, a natural and healthier alternative to sugar.
They may look like hideous monster faces, but the bonus is they taste wonderful! Perfect to give out to trick or treaters tonight, or to devour yourself while watching Hocus Pocus. Alternatively, if you don’t have enough time tonight, you can most definitely make these another time and decorate them in a non-halloween way – maybe smart straight lines or dots with the chocolate.
Ingredients – makes approx. 12
100g Puffed Brown Rice
150g Cacao Butter
2 tsp Matcha
50g Dark Chocolate (min. 70%)
Small handful Coconut Chips
- Melt the cacao butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the honey and matcha, and whisk until combined.
- Line a large loaf tin with greaseproof paper and pour in the rice mixture. Use a wooden spoon to press the mixture down and leave to set in the fridge for at least an hour.
- When the rice mixture has set, remove from the loaf tin and greaseproof paper, and slice into bitesize rectangles. Place back into the fridge to keep cool while you melt the chocolate. (note: I sliced mine once lengthways and then about 5 times sideways to give 12 rectangles.)
- To make the eyes, cut out small circles from the coconut chips. These are healthier alternatives to the sugar googly eyes you find for cake decorations, but it can be quite laborious, so feel free to buy the ready made ones if you prefer! Set these aside for later.
- Break up the chocolate into chunks and melt in a glass bowl over the top of a simmering pan of water – keep the heat down low to slowly melt the chocolate. Remove from the heat and decorate the bites one by one with hair and a stitched mouth. (note: I used the end of a skewer to decorate mine.)
- To create the eyes, stick down the coconut chips with a small amount of dark chocolate to act as the glue. Add a little dot of chocolate onto the top for the pupils. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.
TIP – If your melted chocolate becomes thick while you’re decorating, place back over the saucepan on a low heat and add a small amount of coconut oil.
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