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Healthy Florentines

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.  

Healthy Low Sugar Florentines

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.

Healthy Low Sugar Florentines

“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.

Healthy Low Sugar Florentines

Healthy Low Sugar Florentines
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Healthy Florentines

You can use gluten-free low sugar cereal for this - cornflakes, even rice krispies. Mandarins are great substitute for orange zest (use two).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Servings: 9


For the Florentines

  • 5 Weetbix or other low sugar cereal
  • 1 cup chopped mixed raw nuts
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped macadamias
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 1 orange, zested
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp orange juice

For the ganache:

  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 30 g dark 70% cocoa chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced, 350F, gas mark 4). Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together crushed Weet Bix, nuts, chia seeds, orange zest and spices.
  • In a small saucepan set over low heat melt the rice syrup and vanilla.
  • Pour rice syrup into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Using a set of egg rings, form cookies on the baking sheet by pressing about 1/4 cup of mixture into each ring, repeat with the remaining mixture.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the Florentines are golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the tray. Transfer to the fridge to set.
  • Heat cream in a small ramekin in a microwave for about 20 seconds. Add chopped chocolate and mix into the cream.
  • Remove cookies from the fridge, and turn over upside down. Ice each Florentine with some of the ganache and return to the fridge to set.
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Angela August 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

Yummy – these look fantastic and mandarins are so cheap at the moment and my favourite citrus. Thanks for the heads up on rice syrup in Australia too. That’s the brand I buy.

JJ - 84thand3rd August 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

What a great little indulgence. I’d like to order these for our next tea catchup ;D

Amanda O'Neill August 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I feel very honoured to be mentioned on your blog! Will definitely try with Weetbix and your ganache would be much better – mine was pretty woeful in hindsight :-)

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Gosh these look good! I’d probably want to eat lots of them. :)

Alison August 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Yum these look good. Will give them a try…and congrats and good luck for your wedding day. Post pics if you can? Would love to see.

Raymund August 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Looks great! half a dozen wont be enough for me

Carolyn July 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

If you are replacing the weetbix with an other loose cereal, how many cups of cereal do you use?

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook July 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Hi Carolyn, you could use abuout 1.5 cups finelt crushed cereal.

Katie November 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm

These are super delicious! I am going to make them a second time this week, with cornflakes for textural diversity. Thanks a lot!


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