by Buffy Ellen
Prepare yourself. This may well be the most delicious recipe I have ever created. If you've never tried Carob before, you should definitely test trial it on this. The malty sweet carob matches perfectly with the creamy coconut, and the chewy carob topping is divine. If you've tried my Chewy Choc Goji Crunch, then you'll absolutely love this (don't tell Choc Goji, but I think this version may actually even be better).
My first encounter with Carob was way back in high school, when my girlfriends and I would walk down to the local mall after school, mainly because (a) we were starving, and (b) there was a high chance of seeing good looking gents from the neighbouring school there. Needless to say, as students we were on a budget, so my go to after school snack for some reason ended up being a tub of feijoa gelato, and a bag from the pick and mix full of... sugar-free Carob buttons. Now, I was not into health or nutrition at all like I am these days (although I've always loved food), but it's rather interesting that my cheap snack of choice was actually rather healthy! I always opted for the sugar-free buttons as the creamy sweet Carob flavour seemed to come through so much stronger than the sweetened ones (where the sugar would overpower that beautiful subtle Carob flavour).
Fast track to 2014, and here we are rocking out the Carob again. Raw Organic Carob Powder is a natural caffeine free alternative to Raw Cacao, making it perfect for children or those who have a caffeine sensitivity (or those who just eat way too much Cacao... aka me). It has a mild malty flavour, and is naturally sweet not bitter at all, so doesn't need much sweetener to balance it out. I've even been known to dip a fresh gooey medjool date into a jar of Carob powder as a quick standby snack.This recipe is very easy, and as always is plant-based, vegan, dairy free and egg free, as well as being naturally gluten free and raw, preserving all the vitamin and mineral profiles of the wholefood ingredients within.
Makes 16-20 single-serve squares
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Base: 1c almonds (soaked 8 hrs or overnight, rinsed and well drained) 1/2c raw carob powder 1c dates (soaked for a few hours then drained - save the water to use as sweetener in your hot drinks or in a smoothie) 2c desiccated coconut 3/4c virgin coconut oil, melted but cool pinch organic sea salt
Chewy Topping: 1/2c cashews 1/3c raw carob powder 8 medjool dates, pitted 1/4c virgin coconut oil, melted but cool
c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon
This slice will last a couple of weeks in the fridge. If you want it to last longer (or you have limited self-control), it will also keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. I prefer storing in the freezer, then after a few weeks of 'baking' creations you'll have a glorious selection of all sorts of raw healthy sweet treats at your beck and call.
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