[Post #40 for 365 days of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Portable Power Pucks]
As much as I love yesterday’s raisin recipe, I decided it wasn’t enough. So today, it’s chocolate-covered raisin fun.
A triathlete friend–let’s call him Zeke, because his name is nothing like Zeke–informed me after his first Ironman that he fueled the bike portion of the race with Little Debbie’s oatmeal cream pies. You need to refuel (carb city!) during the bike portion and he believes Little Debbie’s are perfect because, not only are they individually packed, they are also easy to eat while riding AND (here’s the kicker) the squishy texture of the pies confirmed to his body. I am not sure if this made him more aerodynamic, but he sounded pretty excited about this aspect.
I told him I wouldn’t judge.
I also mentioned that I could come up some other options, if he was interested. He was, so I did. He has mentioned his love of chocolate-covered raisins on more than one occasion, so I created these pucks.
Here’s the thing: you don’t need to participate in triathlons to make and eat these dandies. A love of chocolate works. So does a desire for a health-packed, delicious energy boost–even better, if it goes with coffee– will suffice. Actually, plain old hunger works, too.
The core of the recipe is loosely based on an old-fashioned chocolate cake recipe called wacky cake. Wacky cake comprises a short list of ingredients including flour, cocoa powder, oil, vinegar and water, but no eggs or dairy of any kind. It’s wickedly delicious and already vegan.
I stayed with the water and vinegar, but I slashed the sugar (and used coconut sugar, to boot) and ousted the wheat flour in favor of coconut flour and chickpea flour. I used a small amount of coconut oil–it is instant energy–which adds great moistness, and psyllium husk to add structure.
Good grief, they are amazing. And check out the stats: a mere 114 calories per puck, plus almost 3 grams of fiber, healthy fat and a host of powerful antioxidants (super important for recovery from endurance cardio work) from the cocoa powder and chocolate chips.
Zeke thinks they are the bomb. He also thinks that Little Debbie’s oatmeal cream pies are the bomb, but I will take what I can get. He has informed me that he will give these a try (they guy bakes! and still the Little Debbies…) on his next long ride. He said he will let me know if they mash and conform to his body as he goes the distance.
If you, like Zeke and his oatmeal creme pies, wish to pack these for energy on the move, I suggest following my step (it’s noted in the recipe) for stirring the mini chocolate chips directly into the batter instead of melting and drizzling them on top (as pictured). It minimizes the mess. It is also easier and faster than drizzling, regardless of your puck transportation plans.
Tomorrow, it’s something savory, everyone. No raisins. Until then, get your puck on and have great day!
- 1 cup water
- 2-1/2 teaspoons whole psyllium husk
- ½ teaspoon white or cider vinegar
- ¼ cup chickpea flour
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar or granulated sweetener of choice
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup raisins, very coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or spray 6 cups of a standard muffin tin.
- In a small bowl or cup, stir together water, psyllium and vinegar until blended. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together chickpea flour, cocoa powder, coconut flour, salt and baking soda. Add the water mixture, coconut oil and raisins, stirring until blended and smooth. Note: You can stir in chocolate chips at this point OR melt and drizzle them over pucks at the end.
- Divide batter evenly between prepared cups, smoothing tops.
- Bake in preheated oven for 23 to 26 minutes until centers are just set. Cool in tin for 15 minutes and then remove from tin and cool completely on a wire rack. If chips were not stirred into the batter, melt them and drizzle over tops of pucks.