Carob??? Let’s talk about this…
Are you looking for a super easy, low on sugars, healthy and indulgent snack that is also a great party treat?
There you go. This recipe is not only all of that but is also ready in 10 minutes (plus freezing time…of course!) and it will please everyone. I have already made this fudge twice at dinner parties and my friend’s reactions when I tell them there is no chocolate in this fudge is absolutely brilliant! It’s actually so funny!! When I tell them about carob and about how similarly strange it tastes to chocolate they become speechless.
But have you heard about Carob? Well, I had never heard about this precious fruit until a few weeks ago my husband picked some carob pods from his parent’s little farmhouse in central Portugal and brought them to me without none of us really knowing what to do with them. I was sure to try some recipes but before, I needed to know how to turn them into some kind of powder or flour (even thou I heard that their little pods can be eaten as a replacement to chocolate chips). I will not spend much time now describing this process now as I am sure that most of you will buy the ready-made carob flour from your local health store (or even online). In the meantime, I really had to share this recipe, as one of my dear friends Rafaela keeps asking me about it. 🙂
Just to let you know a bit more about this underestimated fruit: Carob is absolutely caffeine-free and it contains antioxidants as well as calcium, iron, potassium, and fiber. And you can mix carob powder into your favourite overnight oats, smoothies and pancakes as it works wonderfully as a natural sweeter. Carob powder is naturally sweet which reduces the need for a lot of added sweeteners in a recipe.
In this recipe I mixed the carob flour with a dash of cocoa powder as the last one enhances that kind of “dark chocolate” flavour.
By the way… Carob is also great for as a liquor (I know that for a fact because my mother-in-law made some carob liquor that was just deliiiiciiiioussss!).
Well, try it for yourself and let us know what you think of it.
- • 60g coconut oil, melted
- • 30g almond or peanut butter
- • 30g carob powder/ flour
- • 1 tsp. raw cocoa powder
- • 2-3 tsp. maple or agave syrup
- • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- • a dash of sea salt
- • 30g gluten-free rice or millet crisp cereal
- • a handful of blueberries (or any other red berries of your choice)
- • fresh mint leafs
- • 1 tsp. desiccated coconut
- Line a very small loaf pan with cling film for easy removal.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth. Slowly add the rice or millet crisps and incorporate everything well.
- With a spoon or a spatula, pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out.
- Freeze for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until solid.
- Slice into squares and garnish with the suggested ingredients.
- Store any leftovers in the freezer as it melts quite quickly at room temperature.