In Australia we have a strong `no nuts policy’ in most (if not all) childcare centres, kinders/preschools and schools. I had a look around to find something that was similar to what I used to call Bird’s nests. The inspiration for this recipe came from The Paleo Mom. I have tried to come up with something that is similar and adapted for Paleo and the school lunchbox.
- 85 g dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¾ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper
- Combine coconut and fruit together and set aside
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together
- Add peppermint essence here if you are doing so
- Stir the coconut mix into the chocolate mixture
- Drop spoonfuls of the mixture on to the baking sheets while warm
- Put into the fridge till set
Makes approx 10.
Notes: I used a desertspoon to spoon these onto the baking paper. I think that next time I would use a teaspoon. It would make them the right size (bite size) for the kids. For a different taste you could add some peppermint essence to the mixture.
(Aldi have a great 80% dark chocolate that is great to cook with….or to eat as a treat. Judith)
Verdict: Not far off the real thing without the side affects of grains and excess sugar from milk chocolate. Great for the kids lunchbox IF they last that long. I went to get them out and have one after the kids went to bed……someone had been sneaking them.
The inspiration for this recipe came from The Paleo Mon at (http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/08/recipe-chocolate-haystacks.html)