Here is a healthy carob recipe as an energy bar that has nothing to envy to industrial snacks. This version is deliciously healthy because it contains no white sugar or refined fats, no gluten nor additives.
I have chosen in my recipe good carbohydrates that bring to this energy bar a balanced caloric intake. This is quite important when you need an energy boost or to easily satisfy a small hunger. This format is very convenient, you can take them everywhere and they keep for a long time.
Energy bars are so very popular, they can match any taste: banana, apple, coconut, cocoa, almonds, cinnamon, often associated with oatmeal. There is inevitably one for which you’d fall for.
A carob recipe: British influence
I have to admit that for this recipe I got my inspiration from a cereal bar I was very fond of in England. I must have eaten many dozens of them during my stay of several years! Yum, what a delight this combo of sunflower seeds, chia and sesame, topped with a thin layer of crunchy carob… So yummy! That’s why I want to share with you my enthusiasm for this soft and crunchy combination, and have you discover this carob recipe as an energy bar and its “British touch”!
Carob, not chocolate but its tasty cousin!
Carob associated with cocoa butter or coconut oil perfectly looks like chocolate. Based on taste it is however quite different and some will appreciate it more than others. It has a caramelized taste, naturally sweet (a little like cinnamon) which makes it attractive to sweet teeth.
It is not so well known in France but it is widely used in other countries as an alternative to chocolate products.
Why would you say that if you are a chocolate fan like me? Truth is cacao contains theobromine, which is considered to have a similar effect as caffeine, in a much softer way though. That’s why some people prefer to avoid it, and will favor carob to satisfy a chocolate crave.
In short, even if this is not the main goal here, I’m offering you to approach carob with a gourmet consideration, just so you explore its gustatory potential! Because maybe you will love carob in this form! A’s far as I am concerned, I’m a big fan!
Carob powder comes from the carob tree, a beautiful tree of the legume family that can reach 500 years old. It is mainly found around the Mediterranean.
Its long pods mature in July, they then take a brown color and flatten.
Two different products are made from it: the shell and the pulp are crushed, it is the carob flour, and the crushed seeds become the carob gum. This one is very much used in the food industry for its thickening properties.
In this recipe I use carob flour, which is easily found in organic stores.
It contains 40% sugar, 35% starch and 7% protein. It is also rich in minerals and contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, silica.
– Hypocholesterolemic: studies have shown that its high concentration of fiber and polyphenols limits blood cholesterol levels.
– Anti-diarrheal: studies have shown its effectiveness in infants.
In my carob recipe, I have selected vegan and raw ingredients, of course!
The idea here is to “activate” the seeds.
We soak them in water at least overnight, then we let them dry in the dehydrator for 24 hours until they are dry and crunchy.
This makes them so much more digestible! I do this for all seeds or oilseeds before using them in my kitchen.
A raw recipe
In this recipe there is no need to cook. We’re just going to mix ingredients together. The date paste and flax seed powder will serve as a binder to the seeds.
The next step is to roll out the mix in a rectangular mould, on top of which we can pour the carob “chocolate” melted with the coconut oil and the coconut sugar. Put a few hours in the refrigerator, cut out and that’s it!
With this healthy carob recipe bar, you will always have a snack on hand for those little munchies, so convenient to take along on a walk, before exercising, or simply to recharge the batteries at snack time!
Carob energy bars
- A blender
- a dehydrator
- A rectangular mold
- 1.5 cups sunflower seeds activated
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds activated
- 1/2 cup dehulled hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup date paste
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp. flax seeds ground
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
For the carob
- 7 tbsp. carob powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- If not already done, “activate” the sunflower and pumpkin seeds: soak them the day before and place them in the dehydrator for 24 hours or until they are dry.
- To prepare a date paste, simply mix dates with as little water as possible. If not, use Medjool dates, they are soft enough to not need water.
- In a bowl place all the ingredients of the seed mixture and mix well until the mixture is homogeneous.
- Take a rectangular mould and oil it lightly, this will make it easier to remove the bars.
- Press the mixture firmly into the pan, smooth the surface and set aside in a cool place.
- Melt the coconut oil in a dehydrator or double boiler and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
- Pour directly on the dish and let cool.
- Cut out your energy bars, it’s ready!