I love the post Christmas clearance bins at the supermarket! You find the strangest things at super cheap prices. For example last year I got an audio ear warmer (you know the type with the built in headphones) for only £2.50! This year I found a set of 3 Mickey Mouse cake pop cold moulds. And it seemed like the kind of thing that would be fun to use with a toddler.
However I would rather know I was feeding him something healthy and not just cake with frosting! Well, this time anyway, as even cake has its place 🙂
This recipe is based on my raw date cookies and would work just as well as cookies for a more grown up finish!
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup porridge oats
3 tbsps tahini paste
3 tbsps maple syrup
200g dark chocolate to finish
The mixture is made in a food processor. Start by blitzing the cashews until they’re fairly finely chopped. Then add the dates, raisins, coconut and porridge oats and blitz again until everything is well chopped and combined. Finally add the tahini paste and maple syrup and blend until the mixture sticks together.
Now comes the fun part: shaping! If you’d rather make cookies then simply roll a spoonful of the mixture into a ball, and flatten it into a cookie shape. Lay on a sheet of baking paper and chill in the fridge for an hour.
If you are using moulds, like we did, then fill the two halves of the mould, press together and carefully remove your beautifully shaped “cake” pop. Lay on a sheet of baking paper and chill for at least half an hour.
Using a bain marie melt your chocolate and fully coat the pops. If you have lollipop sticks then make sure you insert them before coating with chocolate. There are great videos on YouTube showing how to do it. I couldn’t find any sticks so I used a spoon to place them in the bowl and drizzled over the melted chocolate. When they were coated I placed them back on the baking paper for the chocolate to set.
I also used up the extra melted chocolate by coating some slices of banana. Yummy!
These pops have gone down well with everyone, so I’m sure they’ll become a regular in our house! Just chocolatey enough to be a treat, but basically healthy. A perfect combination 🙂