Don't be fooled by the "healthy" tag, this recipe is going to knock the socks off even the most unconscious eater this Christmas! I simply love getting creative in the kitchen and making delicious, easy versions of all the old traditional favourites. But as with everything we do, this is not traditional at all! It's had a super food make-over and you are going to want to get a batch in your fridge asap!
The best part about this recipe, we've tried to incorporate common ingredients you would have in your pantry or easy to source at your local grocer or health food shop. If there is anything else you want to add in like dried apricots or different nuts go for it!
This is a recipe you can get your kids involved with in the kitchen and the hardest part will be having to wait for it to set in the fridge before you can eat it!
Happy cooking <3
Ingredients:400g cacao butter
200g coconut oil
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup xylitol icing sugar - (this is super easy to make if you can't source any. Simply blend 1 cup of granulated xylitol with 1tbs of tapioca or arrowroot starch. Of course you can substitute for standard icing sugar if that's more your jam)
3 tbs goji berries
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup sultanas
1/2 cup almonds toasted (simply pop in a saucepan and stir until browned)
1/2 cup pistachios (peeled of course!)
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 1/2 cups puffed rice (you can find this in most conventional supermarkets now!)
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Combine all fruits, nuts, coconut, puffed rice and salt in a medium bowl and mix well.
Oil the inside of a glass dish (or whatever dish you have on hand. Mine is approx 30cm x 21cm) with coconut oil, or you can line with baking paper. Scatter the dry ingredients evenly over the prepared dish.
In a medium saucepan melt the coconut oil and cacao butter together over a low heat. Stir in the icing sugar and vanilla, and keep stirring until fully dissolved. This is important as you want the sweetener to be evenly dispensed through the oil and butter otherwise you will end up with the sugar settling on the bottom leaving the top liquid not very sweet.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and then stir all the ingredients to ensure everything is coated in the mixture. You may need to add slightly more coconut oil if the mixture is too dry. Test the sweetness too as you may like to add slightly more sugar. It's totally ok to just add this to the coconut oil until dissolved and then combining with the rest of the mixture.
Place in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight to set. Or in the freezer (thank you god) if you can't wait!
Cut into portions and store in the fridge or freezer until it's all gone. Which won't be very long if your house is anything like ours :)