Growing up who didn’t like a chocolate crackle or a caramel slice????
Well I decided to mix the two together and make a Caramel Crackle.
These Caramel Crackles are full of dates. Dates are rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber too. These delicious sweet fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. Some health specialist have said that eating one per day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.
The sugar I have used in these Caramel Crackles is Coconut Sugar, which is a sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar has been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in the South and South-East Asian regions where the coconut palm is in abundant supple. This sugar contains alot of nutrients found in the coconut palm such as minerals iron, zinc, calcium and potassium along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits. Coconut sugar is Low GI and is much healthier for you than refined sugar and our bodies break it down alot easier than any other sugar, so I choose Coconut Sugar if uising sugar in a recipe.
2 Cups of medjool dates pitted
1 Tbsp coconut oil
3/4 Cup of Pure Coconut Sugar
2 Tbsp Water
1 tsp pure vanilla powder
2 cups rice krispies (found in some health food stores, they look like rice bubbles but are ALOT better for you)
1/2 cup dessicated coconut plus extra to roll in
1. In a saucepan mix the dates, water, coconut sugar until it forms a paste which takes about 10 minutes (stir and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t catch on pan)
2. Remove from heat and add vanilla powder, let sit for 5 minutes.
3. Add dessicated coconut and rice krispies and mix all around with a spoon.
4. When it’s not too hot to handle, make into balls and you can either roll in dessicated coconut or not, put in a sealed container and they are ready to eat.
These are great for school lunch boxes as they stay hard and don’t melt like some of my other health balls. You could also put them on the end of starws or skewers for party pop’s. Perfect for selling at school canteen’s as they are super easy to make, don’t require many ingredients, are healthy and don’t contain nuts.