Chocolate Crispy Treats

Crunchy Chocolate Crispy Treats with puffed quinoa and sweet coconut flakes rework a childhood classic into a modern, healthy snack. 

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Three little elves on the cover of a blue neon box, sound familiar? No, how about three little elves on the cover of a blue neon box shouting, “snap, crackle, pop!” The ultimate childhood snack, Rice Krispies treats: quick, easy and filled with warm marshmallows melting into your mouth. Although this phrase alone can evoke a familiar desire for the treat, I prefer something a little healthier. Chocolate Crispy Treats. Reimagining this classic sweet treat: melt coconut oil into a warm chocolate glaze, drizzle across puffed quinoa and top with a sprinkling of coconut. 

Packaged rice crispy treats are filled with additives, causing energy crashes brought on by artificial sugars and are frankly, boring. Rather, invent new rice crispys: rich decadence from the glaze and puffed quinoa for the airy crunch that is absolute in a rice krispies recipe. Coconut flakes sweeten the crispys, while adding a modern twist. While the only thing in this recipe similar to a rice krispies treat is the puffed quinoa, this healthy adaption shows how easily new ingredients can dress up an old favorite. 

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Serves: 8 squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for the Crispy Treats:

- 1 cup puffed quinoa (or puffed rice)

- 1/2 cup raw buckwheat

- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut

- 4 tablespoons coconut oil

- 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder

- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

- 6 tablespoons maple syrup


Start by adding the coconut shreds, buckwheat and puffed quinoa to a bowl. Then make the chocolate glaze by melting the coconut oil in a small saucepan on low heat.  Then to the same pan, whisk in the cacao powder, cinnamon and maple syrup.  Remove the chocolate glaze and pour over the puffed quinoa, buckwheat and coconut shreds. Mix well and add to a small baking pan.  Pat the mixture down with your fingers and sprinkle with coconut shreds.  Pop in the refriedgereator for 15 minutes and enjoy!  Store in the refrigerator for a week or so in an airtight container. 

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I hope you enjoy this treat and find ways of adding new ingredients to make it your own. Comment below to share which childhood classics you've reworked! Happy Valentine's day!

xx Marie