These Healthy low fructose Florentines with a gorgeous strong note of orange, spices and good spread of dark chocolate are just as enjoyable as the standard version.
Gosh how time flies, wouldn’t you agree? I can’t believe it’s August already – our wedding is only 19 days away. And it’s been over a month since I first tried these delicious Florentines but haven’t had a chance to share them with you until now…
Eversince my last attempt at Florentines turned into a fantastically random Healthy Homemade Granola recipe I hadn’t tried making them myself. Until a friend and her husband popped over for a spell of savoury nibbles, bringing a generous serving of these for après dinner. I requested a copy of the recipe and while I have changed Amanda’s original to include Weetbix instead of Branflakes because I couldn’t find a low sugar variety, I splurged all the sugar “savings” on using store-bought 85% cocoa chocolate.
“Are you sure these are good for you?” said Mr Chipconnoisseur, thinking I was trying to sabotage his efforts to eat clean… Yes, they are – as a treat and enjoyed one at a time. Because they are so calorie dense they won’t be if you have 2 or 3 in a single sitting.
Note about Rice Malt Syrup: a few people have asked questions about the Rice Malt Syrup I use because there have been reports about arsenic present in rice and rice products generally. I use Pure Harvest Organic Rice Malt Syrup which adheres to the strict Australia and New Zealand Food Guidelines. The FSANZ standard 1.4.1 permits a level for Cereals of 1 mg/kg (ppm) of Total Arsenic. As can be seen from the Pure Harvest test reports, their rice syrup has a level of <0.040 mg/kg (ppm) of Total Arsenic, so is well below the maximum permitted levels stated in the code. The American FDA do not have any standards set for Arsenic in food or beverages so this is where the media scares might be coming from. You can read more about it all and the sugars in Rice Malt Syrup here.