Chocolate crunch shards – gluten free, grain free, wheat free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly.
Hands up if you wish you could eat chocolate any time of the day without guilt?
Well, you can.
I have an easy, delicious and nourishing chocolate recipe for you today. Chocolate crunch shards. Crispy, crunchy, chocolate-y and so good for you that you can eat it knowing you are filling your body with natural ingredients. This is chocolate that loves your body.
One of my most favourite chocolate bars growing up was the Chocolate Crunch bar which had rice bubbles on the bottom. I tried to replicate this with puffed brown rice but it wasn’t giving me the crunch I so craved so I tried out some buckwheat groats instead.
What are buckwheat groats?
Buckwheat groats are heart shaped fruit seeds related to rhubarb. Despite the word wheat in the name, they are gluten free and having nothing to do with wheat. They can be found in the health food section of major supermarkets or health food shops in their raw state or toasted (called Kasha) which is used in porridge/hot cereal.
All you need to do is bake your buckwheat groats till they’re lightly browned and crunchy. Place them in the bottom of a baking paper lined loaf tray and then pour your chocolate mixture over the top. Easy! I like to place my chocolate in the freezer but you can keep yours in the fridge. Note, due to coconut oil’s low melting point, your chocolate will melt in warm weather so it’s best to store it in the fridge or freezer.
What you do with it after this is entirely up to you. You can snap it into shards and eat immediately or you can break them into smaller pieces and sprinkle them over your favourite ice cream for a taste and texture sensation!
You’ll find this and many other mouth watering chocolate recipes from my new cookbook – Naked Chocolate Breakfasts, Treats & Desserts. Recipes range from light chocolate indulgence to a full-on chocolate assault depending on your chocolate mood. Download your copy now!
Why this is so good for you
Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Maple syrup helps prevent arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease and strengthens the immune system and is not addictive like normal sugar.
Buckwheat lowers the risk of blood pressure and cholesterol, helps in management of diabetes, helps prevent gallstones, protects against heart disease and protects against breast cancer.
Vanilla aids digestion, regulates blood sugar, reduces nervous tension, helps prevent PMS and keeps the heart strong.
- 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F)
- Bake buckwheat groats on a small tray for up to 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crunchy.
- Scatter groats evenly into a baking paper lined rectangular loaf tin measuring 21 x 10 cm base measurement.
- Mix remaining ingredients till smooth. Pour over the the top. Chill till set then break into shards.