Chow? Really? I know, my creative brain is on fire!
Anyway, earlier this summer I posted this on Instagram:
Shortly after the post, and then dozens of times following that, I've been contacted to share this recipe. Since I am a holistic health coach I found myself in the middle of a moral dilemma. You see, the base of this recipe is not a whole food. It's not brown rice covered in real nutrient dense goodness; it's a processed, stripped, mashed up, molded form of fake food. It's white rice squares.
Then, I thought about real life. Real people and real problems. If I find joy and comfort in knowing I took an addictive childhood treat and added nutrition to it in a way that I can justify feeding it not only to my family, but also myself, then this needs to be shared! It's the truth and like all circumstances in life involving the release of secrets, once they are out you are FREE!!
So, the secrets out. I am not perfect. Actually, I hate perfectionism and am a self proclaimed recovering perfectionist. Here is my "Chow" recipe. My kids beg for it and I love it as an occasional treat occasionally justified as a snack on the go or upon occasion on the beach. Ok, ok, sometimes it's a lunch box staple--ahh, another slip up! Either way, join me in the journey of striving for better, not perfect, and clean up Betty Crocker's oh so addictive version of this treat.
By Audrey Byker Health Coach
9 cups Corn rice or wheat squares cereal*
1 cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life ideal, Ghiradelli 60% cocoa or more)
1/2 cup natural nut or seed butter, unsweetened
2 Tbls coconut oil**
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar (organic if possible)
1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut***
Measure cereal into a large bowl (do not talk or think about anything else or you will have to start over). Melt chocolate chips, coconut oil and nut butter in a glass measuring cup in the microwave or on the stove in a double broiler (my favorite method). Add vanilla. Pour over cereal once smooth and stir well until cereal absorbs mixture, set aside. Mix coconut with powdered sugar then add to cereal mixture. Add to large airtight container and cover with lid. Shake like crazy and have a dance party. Open and enjoy! Store in fridge or on the counter for up to 6 days. If you're looking to keep it clean keep chilled.
*Use rice or corn for gluten free
**For coconut free use ghee or vegan butter(earth balance)
***For coconut free get creative and use ground roasted nuts or seeds. Yum!