Did you have a lovely Labor Day weekend? – I spent all my down time this weekend on my own. Is that weird? It’s the long weekend.. the last weekend of summer and I spent it reading and watching a ton of movies. Work has been mucho crazy, so I feel like I’ve been in overdrive for the last couple of months. I felt like I needed time to watch feel good movies and get lost in One Day (such a good book! I can’t wait to see the movie!).
Yesterday, I had a few spare hours so I took a drive to North Vancouver and did a small half hour hike up Baden Powell. There is nothing better then putting on your headphones and blasting Foster of People while strategically dodging rocks and roots. I saw a TON of women and men with their babies strapped on to their fronts. I wasn’t sure if I should be impressed or nervous. I stumble a lot when hiking so it kind of freaked me out to have their infant strapped to them but at the same time maybe it helps balance them out? All in all, good for them for taking their child into nature at such a young age!
As promised.. I’ve made the infamous Coffee Crisp “healthy”. Well, as healthy as they can possibly be! They taste even better then the junk filled chocolate bar! Seriously! It only takes 3 ingredients to make these mouthwatering treats. I use 72% Dark Chocolate but you are more then welcome to alter the percentage to whichever you desire. I do HIGHLY recommend using Endangered Species brand chocolate. Not only do they donate 10% of their proceeds to helping endangered species, but these bars are also sweetened with beet sugar instead of cane sugar. There will be very little blood sugar spiking with this sweet treat.
Healthy Coffee Crisp
1/2 72% Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bar
1/4 tsp Starbucks VIA Decaf Coffee
1/3 cup Puffed Rice (unsweetened)
Heat dark chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Add Coffee and Puffed Rice. Mix well until all puffed rice is coated in chocolate. Spoon onto parchment paper and place in freezer for 10 minutes. Leave in freezer until right before serving.
You can get fancy with this recipe! Instead of scooping the rice puffs onto parchment paper in balls, you can use a baking tin and layer like a chocolate bar. I recommend pouring dark chocolate with coffee added on the bottom of a tin, then add crushed puffed rice (to make the wafer layer) and then add another scrumptious chocolate coffee layer on top. Ta-da! You have a Coffee Crisp, or if you are like me and want dessert NOW, you can scoop into balls. I do the fancy version when guests are coming. 😉
These are great party treats or just a healthy treat for yourself. These little buggers kept me happy all weekend long! They went perfectly with my night of Entourage and True Blood (I have a bit of an Eric Northman crush… ;))
If you could make one unhealthy chocolate bar “healthy” what would it be?!
I hope you enjoy!