For some time now I have been on the search for a home-made alternative to the heinz fruit stick. Those of you with small children will know that these are like crack cocaine for toddlers. I only have to mention the words fruit stick and Minty will basically do whatever I ask her to. I do however feel somewhat uneasy about feeding her something so frighteningly processed, not to mention the fact that they are ridiculously expensive and virtually sending me broke.
My latest attempt at a replacement is Bill Ganger's coconut and chocolate slice from his book Feed me now! This recipe is really quick and downright delicious. I almost didn't bother writing this post because I was too busy chomping these babies down.
After a quick google search I discovered various sites claiming coconut as the cure for everything from AIDs and goiter to sore throats and constipation. So while these do have a bit of sugar and chocolate in them, I am marking them down in the healthy column.
And as an added bonus the slice is nut free so I can safely take it as a snack to playgroup. Hooray!
250g unsweetened desiccated coconut
220g caster sugar
100g melted butter
2 eggs lightly beaten
150g dark chocolate cut into pieces
Preheat the oven to 180C. In a large bowl mix the sugar and coconut. Add the butter and eggs and stir to combine. Mix in the chocolate. Press into a baking tray (20x30cm) lined with baking paper. Bake for 20mins. Allow to cool in tray for 5mins. Cut into squares. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
And now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to eat another piece...