Chocolate as a Snack
Chocolate can be used to make a variety of snack-based treats. Not only can chocolate be used to cover biscuits such as digestives, but the wide range of chocolate bars, cookies and flapjacks make a delicious mid-morning or late afternoon snack.
What’s more, chocolate can be used in a variety of other ways to make you a tasty snack. Your chocolate snack needn’t be fatty, like many of the commercially made chocolate snack bars. You can make your own bar using a mixture of oats, raisins and chocolate to form a healthy chocolate bar to enjoy at any time of the day.
Make Your Own Chocolate BarWhy not try this simple recipe to make your own chocolate bar?You will need:
- 1 packet of good quality milk, white or dark chocolate
- A handful of good quality oats (including porridge oats)
- 2 tbsp seedless raisins
- 1 tbsp peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 2 tbsp warm water (preferably boiled, and allowed to cool)
You can also buy a delicious and nutritious chocolate and hazelnut spread and enjoy it on hot muffins, crumpets and toast. However you can also make a more indulgent snack using chocolate. Why not make your own chocolate biscuits and enjoy them warm with a nice cup of tea in the afternoon?To make about 40 small biscuits you will need:
- 150g (5oz) caster sugar
- 150g (5oz) butter or margarine
- 5 tbsp dairy or soya milk
- 300g (10 oz) plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A large block of chocolate, broken into pieces
Turn out the mixture on to a floured board and roll it to 1cm thickness. Then cut it into biscuits using cookie cutters or an upturned glass. Lay the biscuits on greased baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove the biscuits from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. In the meantime, melt the chocolate pieces in a bowl over a saucepan of boiled water. When the biscuits are cool, dip them in the melted chocolate and leave them to set on kitchen paper before eating.
Chocolate is a fantastic ingredient to use in a variety of snacks, from healthy energy boosters to more indulgent treats. Chocolate snacks are best enjoyed as part of a varied diet.