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Healthier Chocolatey {Kamut} Puff Squares

Healthier Chocolate Kamut Puff Squares | Mama Papa BubbaNow that Miss G is a little bit older, we’ve definitely loosened up a little in terms of what she eats.  While ‘treats’ in the past may have included roasted chickpeas, kale chips, or popsicles made with almost strictly mango and yogurt (all things that pack a pretty decent nutritional punch), nowadays, some ‘treats’ are simply treats… Things that are yummy and not oozing in nutritional value.  That being said, we do try to keep them on the healthy side, using whole, organic ingredients whenever possible. 

After fairly successfully creating a yummy and healthier crispy rice treat recipe, I decided we would try to redo another classic children’s treat… Chocolate puffed wheat squares.  It took a little bit of experimenting, but I think we found a pretty awesome alternate recipe.  Here’s how we made them…

IMG 8609First, the lineup of ingredients…  Coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, kamut puffs, pure vanilla, pure maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and cashew butter.

IMG 8611To start off, we added our coconut oil, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and cashew butter to a large pot.

IMG 8615Of course finding a spoon licking volunteer wasn’t hard. 

IMG 8616Then Miss G measured out the kamut puffs into a large bowl…

IMG 8619While I stirred the wet ingredients over at the stove. Just as it started to form slow bubbles, I turned off the heat, added the vanilla, and gave it another quick stir.

IMG 8621Then we poured the wet mixture into the kamut puff bowl and Miss G mixed everything up well.

IMG 8625When it was mixed well, we poured the mixture out onto a parchment-line baking pan (my smaller one was already in use and this one was too big so we only used half of it) and used slightly wet hands to press everything down firmly.

IMG 8634After about 30 minutes in the fridge, we took our chocolately dessert out of the pan and cut it into squares.

IMG 8649The verdict?  Gracen LOVED them (as did I).  When I asked her how they were, her response was, “So, so, sooooooooo yummy!”

IMG 8637The other way I know they are decent?  When I left for a 30 minute run around the neighbourhood, there were 10 squares sitting on parchment paper on the butcher block.  When I got home?  3 and some crumbs – THREE! (Proof is in my Instagram feed – mamapapabububa).  Apparently they are husband approved also.

Healthier Chocolately {Kamut} Puff Squares

  • 1/2 cup of organic brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup of cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
  • 4 1/2  cups of kamut puffs

Measure the brown rice syrup, cashew butter, maple syrup, cocoa, and coconut oil into a large pot.  Warm over medium heat, stirring almost constantly.  When the mixture is hot and just about to bubble, turn off the heat, add the vanilla, and give it another quick stir. 

Add in the kamut puffs and mix well to ensure the cereal is evenly coated with the sticky mixture.  

Dump the mixture into a parchment-lined baking pan or scoop into a greased muffin cups and press it down firmly.  Pop the pan into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the treats to set.

Cut and enjoy!


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Healthy Chocolate Coconut Banana Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Banana MuffinsOne of the little traditions we do on Gracen’s half birthday (ohmahgerd, I have a two and a half year old) is make a fresh batch of muffins (aka ‘cupcakes’) to top with freshly whipped cream and candles later in the evening.  So today we used our usual no sugar added banana muffin recipe, tweaked it just a little bit, and came up with these delicious chocolate coconut creations.  They are super yummy and truly do feel like a cupcake instead of a healthy muffin… Especially if you add the dark chocolate chips I added to the adult half of the batch (with which I doubt they can be remain in the ‘healthy’ category, but hey – I try my best). ☺

IMG 5912Here’s the recipe…

Healthy Banana Chocolate Coconut Muffins

  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/3 cups of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups of wholewheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut shavings
  • dark chocolate chips (optional – we used 1/3 of a cup in half the batter)

Preheat oven to 350° . Prepare a 12 cup muffin pan by brushing it with grapeseed oil.

Mix the bananas, other wet ingredients, and cocoa until the mixture is mostly smooth and only slightly chunky.  In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (save the coconut and chocolate chips) well. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Slowly stir in the coconut (and chocolate chips if adding them).  Fill greased muffin tin with the mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Let cool.



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