Vegan Chocolate Mikado sticks with nuts on grey tea towel

Healthy Mikado Sticks (easy vegan snack)

This Healthy Mikado Sticks recipe makes a perfect quick and easy vegan snack both adults and children can enjoy. It is a delicious and nutritious snack that is also dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free.

Chocolate Mikado sticks with nuts on grey tea towel


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I used to absolutely love Mikados as a child! However, Mikados are a very processed snack, far from being nutritious or healthy.

Good news is, every delicious processed snack can be made into an even more delicious and healthy homemade vegan snack! And with this, you get the benefits of satisfaction plus all the fun of making it yourself!

Chocolate Mikado sticks with nuts on grey tea towel

HEALTHY MIKADO STICKS: THE PERFECT VEGAN SNACK

These crunchy Healthy Mikados Sticks are vegan, healthy, low calorie, and require only 6 basic ingredients to make them.

And with festivities coming soon, homemade Mikado Sticks would definitely be the perfect vegan snack for children and the ideal dessert for family meals!

BUT WHAT ARE MIKADOS?

Mikado, also known as Pocky, originally comes from Japan. It is a brand of thin and crunchy sticks coated with chocolate. 

You can buy commercial Mikados in most European countries. I would, however, love to introduce you to an easier and healthier way of enjoying these exquisite Mikado Sticks.

ARE HEALTHY MIKADO STICKS VEGAN?

Mikados are traditionally made with cow milk and are therefore vegetarian but not vegan. For more information about cow milk, I highly recommend you watch this youtube video explaining in 5 minutes why you should avoid consuming cow milk. 

If you don’t have time to watch the video, you still may want to know that a glass of milk generally contains millions of cells, bovine growth hormones (some of them linked to cancer), a lot of cholesterol, antibiotics, and most likely feces. 

ARE MIKADOS GLUTEN-FREE?

Store-bought Mikados contain wheat flour and are therefore not gluten-free. 

To make these Healthy Mikado Sticks gluten-free, you can substitute the plain white flour with gluten-free oat flour

If you are not gluten intolerant, I recommend you to follow the original recipe; Mikados are easier to make using plain flour.

For similar gluten-free sweet recipes, have a look at these Chocolate Swirl Biscuits (gluten-free | oil-free) or at these Giant Chocolate Chips Cookies (only 3 ingredients).

Vegan Chocolate Mikado sticks with nuts on grey tea towel

SHOULD YOU EAT COMMERCIAL OR HOMEMADE MIKADOS?

Good question, so let’s dive in!

First of all, there are only 17 sticks in a store-bought Mikado box. And well, for someone who loves snacking and eating chocolate, 17 sticks definitely is not enough. 

With this recipe, you can make up to 45 Mikado sticks, which means you can have as many as you desire AND share them with your family and friends. 

And let’s be honest, it is so much more enjoyable when it is homemade, right?

Another benefit of making your own Mikados is that you can adapt the recipe to your own tastes and preferences! 

You can roll your chocolate sticks into coconut flakes, grounded nuts, sugar, chia seeds, cacao nibs, or really anything else you fancy!

SO, HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY MIKADO STIKS?

Making this vegan snack at home actually is a pretty simple and fun process. All you will need is 5 basic ingredients to make the sticks, some chocolate to cover them, and just one hour of your time. Yes, it is that simple.

The only required kitchen tools will be some baking paper, a fork, and a mixing bowl.

The 5 basic ingredients you will need to make the sticks are:

Plain flour

-Sugar

Chickpea flour (or corn flour)

Coconut oil

-Plant milk

Chocolate Mikado sticks with nuts on grey tea towel

I use brown sugar to make these Healthy Mikado Sticks, but you can substitute brown sugar with white sugar and get the exact same amazing result. 

For healthier substitute of brown sugar, you can use muscovado sugar, or again coconut sugar, which is the healthiest substitute for brown sugar for this recipe.

ARE MIKADOS HIGH IN CALORIES?

This Healthy Mikado Sticks recipe is already relatively low in calories, containing only 26 calories per Mikado Stick (see nutrition facts at the end of the page).

But if you really want to reduce the number of calories of your Healthy Mikado Sticks, you can use 50% of stevia sugar (zero calorie sweetener) and 50% of brown sugar, instead of 100% of brown sugar. I would not recommend substituting the totality of brown sugar by stevia for this recipe if you want optimal results.

PRINT, PIN, OR BOOKMARK THIS RECIPE!

Make sure you bookmark (or pin) this recipe, so next time you don’t know what to do with all this chocolate you have at home, you can turn it into this nutritious and easy vegan snack. 

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You can also tag me on instagram @thedorkyfrench for a chance to be featured!

For other delicious vegan snack or dessert ideas, check out this Vegan Chocolate Stuffed Pancakes (gluten-free) recipe, or again these No-Bake Berry Energy Balls (only 4 ingredients) for something really quick and easy to make!

If you have read this far, I am thrilled to let you know it is finally time for you to start baking and make these delicious Healthy Mikado Sticks yourself!

RECIPE IN VIDEO (1MIN):

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VEGAN MIKADO STICKS (Healthy & Easy)

These crunchy Mikados sticks make the perfect snack. They are vegan, healthy, low calorie, and require only 6 basic ingredients to make them.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time12 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Chocolate, Easy, healthy, Low calorie
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 24kcal
Author: TheDorkyFrench

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Knife

Ingredients

For the sticks

  • 55 g plain flour
  • 30 g chickpea flour or corn flour
  • 15 g brown sugar or any other sugar
  • 15 ml melted coconut oil*
  • 30 ml oat milk or any other plant milk

For the chocolate cover

  • 75 g dark chocolate I use 82% cacao chocolate
  • 30 g hazelnuts** or Brazil nuts or almonds

Instructions

  • Watch the one minute recipe video (scroll up a bit) to see all instruction steps.
  • Preheat the oven to 180.C (356.F)
  • In a mixing bowl, add together plain flour, chickpea flour, and brown sugar. Mix with a fork.
  • Add melted coconut oil and plant milk, and mix again until mixture is uniform and comes together. Knead the dough with your hands to form a big ball.
  • On a clean and dry surface, shape the sticks by rolling small balls of dough with your hands. Each stick should have the consistency of about 1/2 thumb of dough. Roll the sticks as thin as possible.
  • Put each stick on a baking tray with baking paper, and bake for 12 minutes.
  • Let the sticks cool for at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a bowl (I use the bain-marie technique to melt the chocolate, but you can also microwave the bowl for one minute).
  • Optional: While chocolate is melting, crush the hazelnuts in very small pieces, either with a knife of using a blender. Place the crushed hazelnuts on a sheet of baking paper and set on side.
  • To cover the sticks with chocolate, put some chocolate on a sheet of baking paper and roll stick into melted chocolate (tip: keep the bowl of chocolate on the bain-marie so the chocolate doesn't get hard!).
  • Once stick is covered with chocolate, transfer it to the sheet of baking paper with the crushed hazelnuts (optional), or to a clean sheet of baking paper. Gently roll the stick into the crushed hazelnuts (optional).
  • Repeat steps 9 and 10 for every sticks.
  • Let sit for at least 5 minutes before eating, and enjoy!

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Notes

*To melt coconut oil, microwave for 30 seconds and stir with a spoon.
**You can also use coconut flakes to cover the Mikados.


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