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Cocoa Rice Crispy Cereal

Homemade Vegan Cocoa Rice Crispy Cereal: A Guilt-Free Delight Packed with Nutrient Goodness

cocoa rice crispy cereal

Indulge in a guilt-free delight with our homemade vegan cocoa rice crispy cereal recipe. With a perfect balance of crispy puffed rice and luscious chocolate, this delightful treat is not only delicious but also packed with wholesome ingredients to kickstart your day.


Healthy Benefits of the Ingredients:

  1. Puffed Rice: Low in calories and high in carbohydrates, puffed rice provides a light and crispy base for your cereal. It's also gluten-free and easy to digest.

  2. Coconut Oil: Rich in healthy saturated fats, coconut oil can boost heart health and provide a quick source of energy. It also adds a delightful tropical flavor.

  3. Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar: Natural sweeteners that offer a healthier alternative to refined sugars. They provide essential minerals and antioxidants.

  4. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Packed with antioxidants and flavonoids, cocoa powder not only adds a rich chocolatey taste but also contributes to heart health and mood improvement.

  5. Vanilla Extract: Apart from enhancing flavor, vanilla extract has anti-inflammatory properties and may help with anxiety.

  6. Pinch of Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor. It also provides essential minerals.


Cocoa Rice Crispy Cereal Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups puffed rice

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • A pinch of salt


Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the puffed rice and set it aside.

  2. Chocolate Infusion: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the maple syrup (or agave nectar), cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Stir until this heavenly concoction is well combined.

  3. Coat and Cool: Pour the chocolate mixture over the puffed rice, gently stirring until every piece is coated. Spread the magic on a parchment-lined baking sheet, allowing it to cool and set.

  4. Crunchy Transformation: Once the mixture has hardened, break it into smaller pieces, unveiling your homemade cocoa rice crispies cereal.

  5. Store and Serve: Keep your creation in an airtight container, ready to be served with your favorite plant-based milk.


Estimated Nutrition Facts (per 1 cup serving):

Makes 8 servings


  • Calories: Approximately 150

  • Protein: 2g

  • Carbohydrates: 20g

  • Fat: 7g

  • Fiber: 1.5g

  • Sugar: 7g

  • Sodium: 50mg


Nutrition facts may vary based on specific ingredient brands and quantities.


Serving Suggestions:

  • Classic Cereal Bowl: Enjoy with plant-based milk for a classic breakfast.

  • Yogurt Parfait: Layer with dairy-free yogurt, fresh fruits, and nut butter.

  • Smoothie Topper: Sprinkle on smoothie bowls for added crunch.

Storage Recommendations:

Store in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain freshness and crunchiness. For larger batches, divide into portions for easy access.


Customize your cereal by adding dried fruits, nuts, or seeds for a personalized touch. Indulge in this guilt-free treat, satisfying your sweet cravings while nourishing your body with every blissful bite. Craft your own bowl of happiness with our vegan cocoa rice crispy cereal!


Bonus recipe: Vegan Cocoa Rice Crispy Marshmallow Treats

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups prepared cacao crispy (puffed rice with cocoa coating)

  • 3 cups vegan marshmallows

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • A pinch of salt


Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil.

  2. Add the vegan marshmallows to the saucepan and stir until they are completely melted, creating a smooth mixture.

  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and quickly add the prepared cacao crispy cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture. Gently stir until the crispy cereal are evenly coated.

  4. Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined baking dish. Use a spatula or your hands (lightly oiled to prevent sticking) to press the mixture down firmly into an even layer.

  5. Allow the treats to cool and set. Once set, cut into squares or bars.

  6. Optionally, you can drizzle additional melted vegan chocolate on top or sprinkle some shredded coconut for extra flavor.

  7. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy your Vegan Cocoa Rice Crispy Marshmallow Treats!


This version assumes that you have a batch of prepared cacao crispy cereal, and it simplifies the process by incorporating them into the marshmallow mixture.


Nutrition Facts per Serving (Approximate):

Makes 12 servings


  • Calories: ~150 kcal

  • Total Fat: ~7g

  • Saturated Fat: ~5g

  • Trans Fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: A pinch (negligible)

  • Total Carbohydrates: ~23g

  • Dietary Fiber: ~1g

  • Sugars: ~14g

  • Protein: ~1g


In summary, this homemade vegan cocoa rice crispy cereal offers a delightful fusion of crunchiness and chocolate goodness that not only satisfies your sweet cravings but also provides a nourishing start to your day. With simple ingredients and customizable options, this guilt-free treat is a flavorful addition to your plant-based lifestyle. Enjoy the joy of creating and savor the wholesome goodness in every mouthful.


Disclaimer: Please note that the nutrition facts provided are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes. For accurate dietary information, consider using a nutrition calculator with your precise measurements. Individuals with dietary restrictions or allergies should exercise caution and verify the suitability of ingredients. Consume this homemade vegan cocoa rice crispy cereal responsibly as part of a well-balanced diet.




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