These rawteasers are full of malt goodness and are my new go-to movie night treat.
I am a very tardy girl this week. I photographed these awesome “rawteasers” days ago but it is only now that I have gotten the opportunity to share them. My apologies. I have been interstate visiting my grandmother, my wonderful 97 year-old grandmother. Ninety-seven and never has a chia seed, kale leaf or cacao crumb passed her lips. My Nan is old school (literally). Walk as much as you can, eat until your full and don’t deny yourself, just don’t gorge. I am sure my love for animals comes straight from my Nana. Over the years she has homed all manner of animals, all of them somehow aware that her home was a safe haven. All just simply showing up. I also think I get my sweet tooth from her. She would love these rawteasers.
My Nana lured one animal home that I can remember and it is one of my favourite stories. My Nan walked everywhere not having a driving license. Her one attempt at driving ended with her reversing in to the chicken coup and she decided that was enough for her. Walking her errands on a day like any other, Nan walked passed a house around the corner from her own and noticed the tenants had moved out. She also noticed a pair of dark brown eyes peering at her from within the garage; the tenants had moved and left their dog behind. She wasn’t sure how long it had been there or whether it had food or water. She scooted back home and brought back a bowl of water and some food. On opening the garage door the dog fled to the back of the shed, terrified, so Nan left the food just inside and walked back to the end of the drive to wait. The starving mutt came out to eat and drink watching my Nan all the while. Finished, he returned to the bowels of the garage his black fur shielding him from prying eyes.
My Nana returned the next day with another bowl of food and water, this time leaving it just outside the garage doors. The dog ate and returned to the shed. Over the next week my Nana, armed with food and water, enticed the scared animal, now dubbed Kelly, further and further down the street towards her own home. On the last day she left the bowls just inside her own gates and gently closed them behind when he ventured in. Kelly lived with my Nan for the rest of his days.
It is with sadness that I see my Nan in a nursing home without her beloved animals. But, they take good care of her, she eats well and a resident pair of ducks keep her in contact with the animal kingdom she loves so much.
My Nan’s treat of choice is jersey caramels but I am positive she would love the malt sweetness of these rawteasers. They aren’t crunchy like store-bought Malteasers but I am sure you could make them so by substituting the all-bran component with more roasted almonds. I also left them naked but I have tried them dipped in melted chocolate and I also tried rolling them in raw cacao and while I generally think chocolate always makes things better, these malt balls can stand on their own feet. They don’t really need any bling.
I was determined to get a real malt flavour in these rawteasers, rice malt syrup didn’t cut it, so I ended up using Saunders Malt Extract. This isn’t a sponsored post but I thought I would add the brand as I found it a bit tricky to find malt, straight-up.
My rawteasers can be made in a pinch, are super easy and are a delicious, healthy alternative to the malt classic. Store in the fridge in an airtight container if you can keep them that long ;-). Enjoy x.
- 1 cup dry roasted almonds
- 1 cup all-bran Original not the flakes, you want the sticks
- 2 heaped tablespoons malt extract syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- water as needed
- In a food processor, blitz the roasted almonds to a rough crumb
- Add the bran cereal and blitz again.
- Add the malt extract.
- With the processor running, slowly add water until the mixture comes together.
- Line a baking tray with parchment.
- Roll the malt mixture in to even sized balls and set in the freezer for 30 minutes to set. The fridge works too but will take longer.
- Optional - roll the balls in cacao powder or melt dairy free free chocolate over a double boiler and dip each balls. Enjoy.