I shared this easy healthy homemade cacao pops cereal recipe on my Instagram stories earlier in the week and BOY did it get a reaction! I absolutely adore seeing your little ones enjoy it as much as my children do!
This healthy homemade cacao pops cereal is *almost* like the ‘real deal’ coco pops cereal, but MUCH MUCH healthier. For this recipe we use naturally occurring sugar in the form of maple syrup or rice malt syrup (so no refined stuff), cacao with all it’s mighty health benefits, coconut oil and wholegrain puffed brown rice.
It’s such simple recipe to make and one your kids are sure to love, either as a cereal or as a dried snack (such as in a DIY nut-free trial mix for school). My kids love it both ways and almost finished this batch in two days.
HER NOURISHED NUTRITION AND COOKING TIPS:
- If your little one is sensitive to cacao I suggest using carob powder. Cacao naturally contains caffeine so just be mindful about how much your little one is consuming (same goes for you and chocolate mumma 😉 ).
- You can swap the maple syrup for equal amounts of rice malt syrup. I personally prefer maple syrup for this recipe as I find it combines more easily. If using rice malt syrup you may want to gently heat before mixing so that it doesn’t form clumps.
- Puffed rice can be found at most health food stores and down the health food isle at most local supermarkets. This is the one I use, found at Woolworths and Coles within Australia.
- When shopping for maple syrup ensure you choose one that is “PURE maple syrup” and not “maple flavoured syrup”. You will usually find pure maple syrup to be more expensive, but it is WELL worth the investment.
SHOP THE PRODUCTS (not affiliate links – just making your life easier 😉
- WHOLEGRAIN PUFFED RICE
- PURE MAPLE SYRUP
- COCONUT OIL
- CACAO POWDER (discount code ‘Krissy’ when shopping with Morlife)
- Add 2 tbsp cacao nibs before baking
- Add 2 tbsp sultanas after baking
- Add 2 tbsp goji berries after baking
- Add 2 tbsp chopped nuts before baking
- Add 2 tbsp coconut flakes before baking
- Pour over coconut milk/almond milk/rice milk/oat milk and serve with fresh berries
- Combine with your favourite naturally dried fruit and seeds for a DIY trail mix (make sure you chop any large seeds fine if serving to children)
- Serve with coconut yogurt or natural unsweetened greek yogurt for an indulgent dessert-type meal
- Mix together with cacao nibs and sprinkle over your smoothie!
Once your cacao pops cereal has baked, allow to cool and then store in an airtight container or jar in your pantry. I love using glass jars, and even better – recycled glass jars such as this old coffee jar!
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know if you and your children enjoy this healthy cacao pops cereal as much as we do! Please let me know on Instagram or any of my social media channels!
- 4 cups wholegrain puffed brown rice
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or rice malt syrup)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder (or carob powder)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and stir with a spoon until combined well.
- Spread the cacao pops mixture over the baking tray to cover the tray evenly.
- Place the tray in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before transferring to an airtight container.
- Store in the pantry for up to two weeks (trust me, it won't last this long anyway!).
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Krissy Ropiha is a Certified Nutrition and Health Coach and Psychology graduate, passionate about supporting, inspiring and empowering busy mums to take back control of their health, get nourishing meals on the table in less than 30 minutes and feel confident in their own unique body.
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