This is day 6 of my 'Back to School' blog. Now here is a recipe that I make regularly in my home. This is quick and easy while also full of protein. This is my go to snack for my boys at school as it is nut free. My boys are not huge on sandwiches, so some days I do a "snack box" which is just full of healthy snacks instead of the standard sandwich and recess lunchbox.
This recipe is low on sugar and some people may wish to alter the sugar content to suit their families taste buds. The recipe was originally 1 cup. As you can see below, I have reduced it by more than half.
What you need!
1 x 100gram block of dark chocolate (I used Just Organics from Aldi)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 x 400 gram cans of chick peas, drained
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar (raw, rapadura, coconut)
What to do!
- Preheat oven to 180c.
- Line a cake tin with baking paper. I sometimes use a square tin and make it into a slice(it fits in the lunchbox so much easier).
- Melt chocolate.
- Place all ingredients into a processor or Thermomix and blend for about 30 seconds until mixture is smooth.
- Place in tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until the cake is cooked through when tested with a toothpick.
- Allow to cool.
- Dust with icing sugar if you like.
Note: Remember to up the sugar content if your kids are use to something really sweet. This can always be reduced once you have them hooked. You could use any sweetener of your choice really...just not that artificial stuff or else!
I find brown sugar is sweeter too, so use that if need be.I would suggest icing it as this will make it sweeter at first too. I do this when I have time or I am making it as a Birthday Cake or something like that.
Change the dark chocolate to milk if that gets the kids eating it.
I will also add a 2 tablespoons of Berry Choc Chunk from Superfoods for Kidz to up the goodness. I have made this with only 3 eggs and it has come out fine too (don't you hate it when you start a recipe and see you are one egg short?).
I have frozen this before, without the icing. If you are using dried chickpeas instead of tinned, I would reduce the amount as 400g of tinned chickpeas will have a high content of water.
Finally why not try it as a muffin or cupcake too.
Motherhood Quote: "There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it"
- Chinese Proverb
I think they call that unconditional love...