I created carob bars many years ago when I wanted a healthy alternative to “No Bake Cookies”. Of course, since then, we’ve learned that cocoa/chocolate may actually have some beneficial properties (though the caffeine content continues to be a concern for many). In any case, we know that carob is a particularly nutritious and beneficial food. It is high in antioxidants and fiber. It’s naturally alkaline and naturally sweet (in contrast to cocoa which is naturally bitter and requires a fair bit of sweetener to be palatable). Carob is also high in protein and other nutrients.
Carob, however, usually falls short in achieving a chocolate-like flavor. I find it particularly disappointing in cooked recipes. But this raw bar recipe is excellent and achieves a great chocolaty-flavor. My regular recipe features raisins, but this one leaves out the raisins and includes peppermint extract instead. Chocolate mint flavored bars – YUM!
Mint Carob Bars
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup hot water (to melt coconut butter)
1/2 cup carob powder
1/2 cup almond butter
3/4- 1 tsp. peppermint extract or 10 drops of essential oil
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I usually use walnuts)
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup shredded coconut
Combine coconut butter, honey, hot water, carob powder, almond butter, peppermint and sea salt until smooth. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and then thoroughly mix in the carob sauce mixture. Press into a medium rectangular baking pan. Refrigerate and then cut into bars when firm.
These tasty treats are a “raw food” if made with raw almond butter and raw carob powder.
© 2010 Kim Wilson, www.simplynaturalhealth.com
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