Our Top 3 Healthy Holiday Cacao Snacks for Kids

Our Top 3 Healthy Holiday Cacao Snacks for Kids

Vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and free from artificial sweeteners.

On the school holidays we always want to give our kids a treat but it doesn’t have to mean junk food. Take a look at some of these healthy holiday snacks that are all made with cacao. Your kids won’t know the difference so ssshhh don’t tell them it’s good for them! Watch out though, I know a lot of big kids that like them too. Enjoy!

‘caramel’ slice


Prep time 20 min. Cooking time 2 min. Setting time 30 min. 105 calories per serve, serves 16
Ingredients for Base
80g almonds, 10g desiccated coconut, 40g rice malt syrup
Ingredients for Filling 
150g pitted medjool dates, 70ml coconut milk (approx. 172 calories)
Ingredients for Topping
1/8 cup coconut oil, 1/8 cup rice malt syrup, 1/8 cup cacao powder, sifted
Make the base by finely chopping almonds into almond meal in a food processor, tip in coconut then pour in rice malt syrup. Tip the ingredients into a bowl, wet hands then mix together into a ball. Line a small shallow tray or dish with plastic wrap then press the mixture into a flat layer about 1cm thick. If the mixture crumbles wet hands again then press into the mixture to moisten it. For the filling place dates into the food processor and blitz until chopped. Add coconut milk then continue to blitz until the dates become creamy, smooth and thick. Use a silicone spatula to spread the filling over the base layer. Place in the freezer while making the topping. Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan until just melted, pour in rice malt syrup and stir through. Once the mixture has just become warm tip cacao powder into the saucepan and whisk briskly until smooth. Take off the heat and spoon over the slice to make the top layer. Place in fridge or freezer for 30 minutes for topping to set. Cut into squares. STORE IN FRIDGE OR FREEZER. BEST SERVED STRAIGHT FROM THE FREEZER.

cacao chia pudding


Prep time 8 min. Cooking time 0 min. Setting time 4 hrs. 125 calories per serve, serves 6
150ml coconut milk (approx. 368 calories), 200ml unsweetened almond milk, 3 flat tsp sifted cacao powder, ½ tsp cinnamon powder, 6 tsp rice malt syrup, 40g chia seeds, 60g fresh or frozen berries
Mix coconut milk and almond milk in a big bowl. Add cacao and cinnamon and mix well. Stir in rice malt syrup then chia seeds. Cover and put in the fridge for at least 4 hours or even overnight. Stir after the first hour so seeds do not clump together. Serve with a few berries on top. Stir through a little extra almond milk when serving for a thinner consistency. GREAT FOR BREAKFAST, A SNACK OR DESSERT.



cacao crackles


Prep time 10 min. Cooking time 2 min. Setting time 30 min. 112 calories per serve, serves 12
¼ cup coconut oil, ¼ cup rice malt syrup, ¼ cup sifted cacao powder, 150g sugar free rice puffs, 12 medium patty pans
Gently heat coconut oil in a medium saucepan until melted and mildly warm then straight away add rice malt syrup and cacao powder. Whisk quickly until smooth then add rice puffs. Stir rice puffs through the mixture quickly then take off the heat. Spoon mixture into patty pans and compact gently with the back of the spoon. Place in the fridge or freezer straight away for 30 minutes to set. Serve chilled. STORE IN FRIDGE OR FREEZER. BEST SERVED STRAIGHT FROM FREEZER.


You will find plenty of family favourites in ‘the bikini comfort food cookbook’. Give it a try