The inspiration for these Chocolate Goji Rice Puff Squares definitely comes from a childhood classic - Rice Crispy Treats. The birth of this recipe also came at a time when I discovered cacao paste. Of course, I’ve been on the cacao train for years now, but usually stuck to cacao powder in most of my baking and cooking. However, now that I’ve discovered cacao paste there’s no turning back. Cacao paste is a little harder to find, and a little more expensive, but if you can get your hands on some I really highly recommend it (see notes below to see where I buy mine). If you’re someone who loves 90% dark chocolate like me - then you’ll love cacao paste. Unlike chocolate you buy in store, cacao powder is 100% pure organic cacao and has that true dark chocolate flavour. When melted down, it has an incredibly dark and rich flavour and its texture is silky smooth and has a nice thickness to it. It has absolutely no sweetness to it at all, and is bitter as all hell, so most times it does need to be teamed up with a sweetener - unless you enjoy it like that.
Not only is this recipe ridiculously easy and quick to make - it’s also a treat I never feel guilty about snacking on. It’s ingredients are simple and the results are delicious, light and satisfying! I also love the goji berries in them as it gives it a burst of sweetness and crunch, and the puffed rice gives the squares a perfect lightness. They’re great to keep in the freezer for when you have late night chocolate cravings, to pack into your kid’s lunch boxes or to snack on as a little afternoon pick-me-up.
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp almond butter
15g cacao paste (or dark chocolate)
1/2 cup coconut cream (refrigerate a can of coconut milk, and then scoop out the thick creamy part on top)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
pinch of salt
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup goji berries
4 cups puffed rice
On very low heat, melt your coconut oil, almond butter and cacao paste in a small pot, continuously stirring.
Ensure the heat is not too high, otherwise your mixture may separate.
Once melted, take the pot off the heat and stir your coconut cream, vanilla, maple and salt in.
Whisk for a minute until the mixture slightly thickens. Allow your mixture to cool for a few minutes.
In a bowl, add in your hemp hearts, goji berries and rice puffs.
Pour in your chocolate mixture and mix until all the rice puffs are generously coated.
Then simply press the mixture evenly into a small lined tray and freeze for 10 minutes
so it can set and be ready to cut into squares!
Little Tucker Notes:
I find my organic puffed rice in the cereal aisle at Community Natural Foods. Puffed quinoa or millet would also work!
I buy my organic cacao paste from Organic Matters - a great online store where you can buy all of your superfoods
and have them shipped to you from Nelson, BC.