Dark Choc, Almond & Cranberry Spelt Puffs
- 130g dark chocolate*
- 80g almond butter
- 140g spelt puffs
- 100g apple sweetened cranberries
Ensure the dark chcocolate you use is suitablle for your diet. We use a gluten-free and dairy-free Irish made chocolate.
We used the Monki brand of almond butters and the spelt puffs we used a brand which had oats and spelt mixed and used honey to sweeten, so will not be suitable for vegans. Is suitable for vegetarians though. You can buy plain spelt puffs, but I find it difficult to find them. Maybe by the time you read this post availability will have improved.
During the Holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas we're all going to be very busy buying presents, goodies and what not. It's easy to forget about, or only see a guest or family member on a restrictive diet as a nuisance or a weight bearing down heavily on you to sort out. Here's a quick and easy one to have at the ready which is easy to adjust depending on dietary needs.
This recipe won't be suitable for coeliacs or vegans but it is for vegetarians and anyone who enjoys eating spelt. It's worth checking with your guest to see if it's possible to replace the spelt and oats with the various gluten-free corn flakes or rice krispies available these days. You'll have to check with your guest to ensure all the other ingredients are suitable anyhow so with a quick adjustment to cornflakes or other cereal suitable for their lifestyle this recipe might just fit the bill for them too.
Melt the chocolate and almond butter in a bowl over a saucepan of just boiled water. Once melted, using a large spoon or heatproof spatula stir to combine them.
Add the remaining ingredients and ensure they are fully coated with the chocolate mix.
Divide evenly into 6 muffin cases in a muffin tin and place in the fridge to harden.
This will take a few hours. If you want them to harden quickly place in the freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour. Then leave at room temperature for five to ten minutes and enjoy. A handy tip is to place them in separate bags, they last over a week. That way you have them on hand when needed.
These are suitable for Carnis and as I mentioned above they can easily be adjusted to suit most diets. Tony (aka Carni) does prefer more sweetener in them so when I wasn't so intent on cutting our sugar intake I'd add in, broken up vegan and gluten-free biscuits and extra sweeteners like maple, agave. There is no extra sweetener in these except for the sweeteners present in the ingredients. A healthier take on some of my earlier similar creations of spelt puffs!
Have you started getting ready for the Holidays yet? All your Christmas presents bought? Not a hope here we'll be doing it last minute or buying vouchers for everyone (might just be an easier option). Are you going to add this to your recipe list? Don't forget to check our Pinterest boards as there are lots of good recipes (by photo anyhow) you may find interesting and even worth a try.