Saturday, 16 August 2014

Healthy Rolos

Yep, you heard me right - healthy rolos.

And I have to say - these might even be more yummy than the shop bought ones. They are certainly sweeter which means I can enjoy just two at a time and have a super sweet sugar hit rather than eat the whole packet of the shop bought ones and feel a slump afterwards and no real satisfaction. In fact writing this makes me realise just how much nicer they are !

So, I thought I would share with you how SUPER EASY these are to make too ! They are kinda sticky and messy but that adds to the fun !

So here's what you'll need to make 12:

4 Medjool dates
1 dessert spoon almond butter
1 1/2 dessert spoon rice syrup

1 dessert spoon coconut oil
1 1/2 (or 2) dessert spoon rice syrup
1 dessert spoon cacao powder

I know to some these might look like strange ingredients, but you can get the almond butter in most supermarkets now, Waitrose sell coconut oil and the others can be found in health shops or online.

So start by making the 'toffee'. I recommend using the So Organic Medjool dates from Sainsburys as they are big and juicy and really soft.

Add the dates to the mixer and add the almond butter and mix. I have to add, I had the idea for these because I love eating a spoonful of almond butter inside a date so I wondered what would happen if I mixed them together !

Then just add the rice sryup and blend until it all gathers in to a sticky ball like dough. You might have to scrape some of the sides down and add to the mixture.

This IS where it gets sticky. But thats why they are so delicious and chewy, so bear with it. You might want to keep washing your hands !

So take the mixture and taking small bits off, roll them in to little balls and put them on a plate or dish that you can pop in the freezer.

They don't have to be perfect.

Once you have all your little balls, pop them in the freezer for about half an hour.

When these are nearly ready to come out you can make your chocolate. I used my kitchen aid here, so use a mixer or whisk if you can but it works with a wooden spoon too !

Mix together the coconut oil (softened or melted), rice syrup & cacao powder until a silky smooth chocolate forms. Start with a little of the rice syrup and add more if needed to make it smooth.

This will also be a little sticky, so it's best to do this right before you take them out the freezer to coat.

Using a fork, dip the balls in to the chocolate and drip off any excess by hitting the fork against the side of the bowl.

You might need to use another fork to push them off on to your board or plate to set. I did say they get a bit sticky !

So once you have coated all the little rolos you can leave them exactly as they are or swipe your fork through the top to give them a chocolate box chocolate effect. I even tried re creating the circle of the rolo by using the end of a piping nozzle. Not sure it quite had the effect I was going for though.

In terms of presentation, these could do with a little more work BUT they taste so delicious I don't mind !

I really hope you try these and do let me know what you think if you do in the comments, I'd love to hear from you !

Thanks for reading & enjoy x

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