Saturday, 16 April 2011

Chocolate Cornflake Easter Nests

The Ingredients
    •    50g butter
    •    3 tbsp syrup
    •    100 g dark chocolate
    •    75 g cornflakes

The Methods
In a saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, syrup and chocolate. Cook and stir
until butter and chocolate have melted and everything is well blended. Mix in the cornflakes
cereal. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto waxed paper or a buttered baking sheet. Place in the
refrigerator until set, about 15 minutes.

The recipe is very simple and no different to traditional Cornflake Nests, what is different is the ingredients that you choose to use.

The Cornflakes:
I have so far only found two brands of cereal that are gluten, dairy & sugar free.

Doves Farm Cornflakes: These cornflakes are thick, crunchy and delicious.

Lima Cornflakes: These cornflakes are light and crispy and also delicious. It just depends what texture you prefer :)

Most other cereals have at best contain raw sugar cane, others like Kellogg's Cornflakes contain Barley Malt Flavouring as well which means that they are not suitable for a gluten-free diet. 

The Chocolate:
I don't use chocolate that contains refined sugar or raw sugar cane.
I use Chocolate made with Xylitol which comes in 100g bars which is great for cooking.
I have also found chocolate made with Coconut sugar which is also very nice but I have only found it in small (snack-size!) bars not so good for cooking. If you don't need to avoid 'normal sugar' I would suggest going for organic fair trade dark chocolate, there are several brands that are gluten and dairy free. 

The Syrup
Nest recipes often use Golden Syrup which is a by-product of the process of obtaining refined crystallized sugar. In this recipe I used honey, but you can use any one of the health syrups as I have written about previously on Natural Sweeteners.  

The Butter
I avoid dairy but I have been told by a trusted nutritionist that if you aren't serious lactose intolerant organic butter (unsalted) is ok. If you can't have any real butter you can try coconut oil instead of soya or olive spreads.

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