Mint Carob Bars

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.

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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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9 Comments

  1. Celine Bowdwick on September 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love anything with rolled oats and shredded coconut, I will definately be making this tomorrow for desert!

  2. brenda edmunds on September 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hi Kim,

    I’m sorry you had to wait the other day when we visited your mom. (But thank you for staying so we could meet you!) It was a miscommunication on our departure time. Anyway, I’m wondering what you’re finding to eat on your cruise. Did you have to pack all your snacks?
    Want to try this recipe.
    I took the Balanced course pre-requisite for becoming a Health Minister. Haven’t pursued finishing for a couple reasons, but find myself health coaching friends often.

    thankful for you!

    Brenda Edmunds 🙂

    • Kim Wilson on September 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

      I thought I had lost your email- but now I see you had posted a comment. You should definitely subscribe to my newsletter at our website: http://www.simplynaturalhealth.com, because this week’s edition answers the question “How do you survive a cruise- eating healthy”!

      My mom mentioned you might be interested in having me come teach at your camp sometime. That would be great!

  3. Chris Lawson on September 24, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Kim – I have tried to comment on your recipes but for some reason (operator error I’m sure) I have not been able to successfully get the comments to you – so here I go again trying to give it another shot. I have yet to tase any of your creations that haven’t been a winner!! The latest three have been the Tomatoe Summer Squash Soup, the new bread recipes and the Mint Carob Bars (though I did use cocoa on this one because that was all I had). All I can say is WOW!! They are all excellent but the bars make me feel like I have to repent!! They are the best bars I have ever tasted!!

    I have to say this – you are definately using the one of the many gifts that God has given you!! If you run for President, you will have my vote because we could use somebody in the White House that knows how to use the gifts they have been given!!

    Anyway, keep up the excellent work. May the Lord bless you and your family abundantly and May He download you even more with your outstanding recipes!!

    Chris

    • Kim Wilson on September 27, 2011 at 10:50 am

      I’m sorry you’ve had difficulty posting a comment. Thank you for persevering as this comment is so ridiculously encouraging! Thank you for your blessings on me and my family. I am so thankful God has given me a desire and enjoyment of playing with the foods He created for our best health!

  4. Kathy on January 11, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Had these last night at one of Kim’s cooking classes….just awesome! Can’t wait to make a batch!

    Thanks
    Kim

    • Kim Wilson on January 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks for the thumbs up! I made them the next day again for my family. They’re a real hit.

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