Carob bars are a wonderfully delicious, sweet temptation for in between meals!
For the preparation of chocolaty desserts in the raw-vegan kitchen we often use carob powder. Due to its natural sweetness and caramel taste, it serves very well as a substitute for cacao. Carob does not contain theobromine and therefore does not have a stimulating effect. More info about the cacao bean can be found after the recipe.
Origin and nutritional content of carob
Carob is the finely ground fruit pulp of the brown legumes of the carob tree, native to the Mediterranean region and the Near East. To obtain carob powder, the ripe carob pods are dried and the fruit pulp is then ground into powder. The carob powder contains valuable minerals such as calcium and iron, is low in fat and rich in fiber and beta-carotene.
These delicious little slices consist mainly of dates, coconut flakes and carob powder and are quickly prepared.
- 15 Medjool dates
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 3-4 tablespoons carob powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons water
Grind 1/2 cup of shredded coconut in a small blender to flour.
Process flour with remaining ingredients in a food processor until a sticky mass is formed.
Spread dough evenly in a rectangular casserole dish (6 x 9 inches) lined with baking paper, press down evenly or roll flat and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Lift dough out of the mold with the paper and cut into small pieces. Enjoy!
The Cocoa Bean
The cocoa bean is very rich in nutrients and contains minerals, vitamins and also phytonutrients with antioxidant effects. The magnesium content is remarkable.
In addition, cocoa contains theobromine and a small amount of caffeine, which have a concentration-enhancing and stimulating effect. Those who are sensitive can feel the activating effect of the cocoa bean and may have a hard time falling asleep as a result of an evening chocolate snack.
In this case, a piece of these carob bars can be a great alternative for your late evening snack.
We hope you enjoy preparing this treat!
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