Nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites

Light, crunchy, spicy and chocolatey, these yummy crispy cake bites are a big hit with kids and the ideal treat for grown-ups with a cup of tea or coffee.

Catchy title, no?

Kipper had a friend to stay on a sleepover – you can’t begin to imagine the excitement – and ever neurotic about them running out of fun activities, I came up with far too many things for them to do. (In the event, they mostly just played nicely together without any adult help, but you can never be too prepared, right?) One of the activities we never got to do was making crispy cakes.

Of course, Kipper had been with me when we’d bought the big bag of crispy puffed rice, and I’d explained what it was for. So naturally, her friend had barely left before the requests to make the chocolate crispy cakes anyway started.

Healthy AND delicious

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know I’m pathologically incapable of making any kind of ‘treat’ without attempting to sneak in something healthy. These were no exception, and we added some mixed dried sultanas, raisins and cranberries, and some crunchy flaked almonds. 

I also added a little vanilla and spice (I used speculaas spice), which gave altogether more depth of flavour than you get with just chocolate, and I added a dollop of Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread (aka biscoff, aka speculoos spread, aka cookie butter) because, well, why wouldn’t you? It’s DELICIOUS! If you don’t have any, you should go and buy some, but if that’s not an option, add a little more chocolate and butter, and maybe a drizzle of syrup. 

Small is beautiful

We used teeny-tiny silicon cupcake cups, and piled the mixture into them, which seemed more generous than putting the same, sensible amount into regular sized cups, where it would have looked a bit skimpy. Kipper very much enjoyed these, but one mini-size crispy cake is just enough for her, and also for me, if the truth be told. They’re quite, well, intense. Good with a cup of tea, or coffee. Mmmm.

Kipper helped with the measuring out, then I did the melting part while she prepared the cupcake cups. She got busy with the stirring, and then I dolloped the mixture into the cups – mostly because my speed and accuracy are significantly better than hers! If your child has more reliable spooning skills, they can do this step too.

We made 12 delicious nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites. Munch munch crunch munch.

chocolate crispy cake bites

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Nobbly-bobbly spiced chocolate biscoff fruit & nut crispy cake bites

Course Cookie, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 108 kcal
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 55 g dark chocolate (2oz OR approx ⅓ cup chocolate chips)
  • 25 g butter (1 ¾ tbsp)
  • 25 g Lotus caramelised biscuit spread (aka biscoff or cookie butter) (approx 2 tbsp)
  • 1-2 drops vanilla extract
  • Pinch cinnamon or mixed spice (I used speculaas spice)
  • 40 g crisped rice (approx 1 ¾ cups)
  • 75 g mixed dried fruit - I used raisins sultanas and dried cranberries (⅓ cup)
  • 15 g flaked almonds (2 ½ tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate, butter and biscoff spread over a low-medium heat until melted and thoroughly combined - do not allow to boil.

  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and spice.
  3. Add the crisped rice, dried fruit and flaked almonds and gently stir to coat everything in the chocolate mixture.
  4. Divide between 12 mini cupcake cases, and refrigerate until set. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you don't have any Lotus biscuit spread, add a little extra chocolate and butter, and perhaps a tsp or two of syrup.

Per crispy cake: 108 calories, 5g fat, 1g protein, 16g carbs

There are a number of food blogging challenges that these yummy crispy cake bites fit into. They are:
Treat Petite, hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer, which is on the theme of ‘no bake’.
The Biscuit Barrel, hosted by I’d Much Rather Bake Than…, also with a ‘no bake’ theme.
Speedy Suppers, hosted by Maison Cupcake, which is looking for picnic foods, and the Spice Trail, hosted by Vanesther at Bangers and Mash, which is looking for beach barbecue recipes – these crispy cake bites are deliciously portable!
Finally, Family Foodies organised by Eat Your Veg and Bangers & Mash, on the theme of cooking with kids.

   

15 Comments:

  1. Hi. I am writing from the US. Not sure of some ingredients. what is ” Lotus caramelised biscuit spread (aka biscoff or cookie butter”?

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  4. Flippin’ eck these sound lush! My boys would love to get stuck into making a batch of these. Thanks for linking up with August’s Speedy Suppers – hope to see you for September’s round too 🙂

    • Looking forward to September’s event Katie! It’s always great to get some real ‘fast food’ ideas! Hope your boys enjoy the rice crispy bites. H x.

  5. A great twist on the classic rice crispy choccie bites – love the addition of spice and dried fruit. My girls will love these. And another great entry too for this month’s Spice Trail challenge. Thanks for linking up.

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  7. I love the name and I love Biscoff – thank you for entering these into Treat Petite Helen!

  8. I love how you have personalised crispy bites and added something a little healthier in too. I especially like the idea of adding spices – something for me to try next time.

    • Thanks Laura – the spices were delicious with the chocolate. Next time I think I’ll try them with cardamom and orange zest. Mmmm 🙂

  9. What a great name for a bake! I’m sure these were a huge success with your family with seconds all round!

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