Tiffin? Fridge cake? What do you call it? Is there actually any difference between the two? So many questions. All important, very adult questions though. This is a slightly healthier tiffin, or a healthier fridge cake (whichever name you decide upon) is fully loaded with the add ins, but considerably lower in sugar. A few little swaps here and there and it tastes almost the same as it’s traditional counterpart.
We’ve got chocolate protein balls which are high in protein, very low in sugar, but taste like an extra crispy, chocolate version of Maltesers. Just as addictive, too, may I add. As well as that, there are crushed pretzels, Rice Krispies and dried cranberries because #health and all that jazz. Aside from the chocolate, the cranberries are actually my favourite part. The contrast between the chocolate and sweet, slightly tart, dried fruit is the best. I do use sweetened cranberries but if you can find unsweetened ones, and are adverse to using anything with added sugar, then crack on with those.
In place of the traditional golden syrup, I’ve switched it to vitafibre syrup. This is the high fibre, sugar free magical stuff that is used in the majority of protein bars these days – first brought to light by Quest Nutrition in their famous Quest protein bars. But in this, it worked a treat. Please don’t try and use those sugar free syrups that are essentially thickened, artificially sweetened water – it will not yield the same results. Trust me. I have already tried and subsequently discarded the sorry, soggy tasting results to the dustbin.
- 140g semi-sweet chocolate
- 30g butter or dairy free spread
- 30g vitafibre syrup
- 2 tbsp (10g) icing sugar or sugar free icing sugar
- 50g pretzels, crushed
- 40g chocolate protein balls
- 20g crisped rice cereal e.g. Rice Krispies
- 40g dried cranberries/cherries
- Prepare a 1lb loaf tin by lining with foil or have a silicone loaf mould to hand. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the chocolate and butter or dairy free spread. Gently microwave on 50% until melted and mixed together into a smooth mix. Stir in the vitafibre syrup and microwave for 10 seconds. Mix again. Sieve in the icing sugar and mix. You should have a smooth, glossy mixture.
- Stir in the pretzels, chocolate protein balls, Rice Krispies and dried cranberries or cherries and mix until it’s all fully coated in the chocolate mix. Transfer to the prepared loaf tin/mould, press down and smooth over with the back of a spoon. Leave in the fridge to set.