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Healthy Easter Hot Chocolate Balls

by Liv Kaplan, Nutritionist and Recipe Developer

Prep Time

3.5hours

Cook Time

10min

Serves

6

Easter is just around the corner and that can only mean one thing... chocolate! Unfortunately our fave Easter treats are usually loaded with sugar and other nasties which can leave you feeling tired and sluggish.

Cue this indulgent, chocolatey and GUILT-FREE chocolate recipe that'll have you living your best life in no time!

Our Hot Chocolate Balls have sweet, fizzy raspberry and vanilla jellies hiding inside. Drop one into a sugar-free hot choccie for an Easter treat that oozes right before your eyes!

This recipe is a total triple threat: a great activity to do with the kids these school holidays that's absolutely delicious AND totally guilt free!

The good stuff you'll get:

  • Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate’s higher cacao content means that it's packed full of disease-fighting antioxidants, while its flavonoids (a compound found in fruit and veggies) may help boost heart health by lowering blood pressure. Our fave is Bennetto, which is also organic and sustainable! Who knew you could save the earth by eating chocolate!

  • Gelatin: Believe it or not, there are so many amazing benefits that can come from eating gelatin! Not only is it good for your gut health, it also promotes the production of collagen. Who doesn't want glowing skin?! Our fave is Locako, which is 100% natural!
  • Nexba Creaming Soda: Traditional soft drinks are usually packed full of sugar, which is straight up not good for you. That's why we decided to shake things up by making the fizzy drinks you know and love, just without any of the nasty sugar or artificial ingredients! Pick up a bottle (or three!) from Coles or Woolworths.

Guilt-Free Hot Choc Balls

Prep time 3.5hrs Cook time 10min Serves 6

Ingredients 

Jelly Squares

Chocolate Shells

  • 400g Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces (we love Bennetto)

Hot Chocolate

  • Optional: 2 tbsp sugar-free Hot Chocolate Powder (we love Locako)

  • Milk of your choice

You'll also need:

Method

Jelly Squares

  1. To make the jelly squares, first ‘bloom’ the gelatin (or agar agar if using) by stirring it in ⅓ cup of cold water. Allow it to set and firm. Whilst you’re waiting line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, add rice malt syrup, Nexba Creaming Soda and cream (or coconut cream if using). Bring to a boil, stirring frequently until combined. Reduce the heat to a simmer then add the bloomed gelatin and stir until no lumps remain.
  3. Pour into the lined tin and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. Once set, slice into squares about 1-2cm wide.

Chocolate Balls

  1. To make the Chocolate Balls, prepare the eggs by wrapping them tightly in cling wrap and placing them upside down in the carton (so the wider ‘bottom’ of the egg is facing up).
  2. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each (to make sure it doesn’t burn), until it’s completely melted.
  3. Once melted, transfer the chocolate mix to another bowl (this allows the chocolate to cool slightly) and leave to sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Carefully dip the wide end of the egg (that’s facing upwards in your carton) into the chocolate until it reaches about halfway down the egg and place it back in the carton (with the chocolate side facing upwards). Repeat with all the eggs.
  5. Place the chocolate-coated eggs in the freezer for 10 minutes to set. Remove from the freezer and repeat the process, adding a second layer of chocolate. Place back in the freezer to set.
  6. Carefully remove the chocolate shells from the eggs (these will look like half domes) and gently remove the cling film from the inside.
  7. Heat up a plate in the microwave for 1 minute.
  8. By now you’ll have lots of half domes that need sticking together to make a circular shape! Lightly melt the open side of one of the chocolate shells by pressing gently into the hot plate for about 5-10 seconds (just enough to get the edges melting a little). Turn it over and place one or two of the prepared jelly squares in the shell. Melt the open side of another empty chocolate shell, then stick the melted edges together, ensuring there are no gaps, and they are glued together. Repeat with the remaining shells until you have three whole hot chocolate balls. Place in the fridge to fully set and bind together.

Hot Chocolate

  1. Microwave milk in a mug for 60 seconds.
  2. Add Hot Chocolate Powder to a mug (if using) and stir.

To serve, simply drop the chocolate ball into warmed milk (or homemade hot chocolate for extra indulgence!) and allow the ball to melt open, revealing its fizzy raspberry inside!

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Liv Kaplan, Nutritionist and Recipe Developer
Liv Kaplan, Nutritionist and Recipe Developer

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