Sugar-Free Carob Candies - These treats are made with naturally sweet carob, which is a great alternative to cocoa. With no added sugar, these make a great treat or snack!
As a kid, my mom took me to an iridologist that was located next to a small health food store.
After my appointment, we would head over to the shop and purchase these little carob cubes. Basically, they were a combination of carob, dried fruit, and nuts mixed together. The 80s version of today's 'energy' balls!
They were so delicious and made for such a fun ending to something that wasn't so fun.
Since then, I've had a deep love for carob and use it often.
Is carob like chocolate?
No, carob is not chocolate. While the two have similar properties in terms of color and texture, they don't taste alike.
Cocoa powder is very bitter, and carob has a natural sweetness. Carob also has no caffeine, which can be a blessing for those that are sensitive.
Carob comes in various forms, including raw, lightly roasted, and roasted. I'm partial to the lighter roastings, which yields a less intense flavor.
These 'candies' are a deliciously creamy ode to the sweet powder.
They have NO added sweeteners of any kind, and are easily kept in the fridge for a quick bite.
No sugar crash, no guilt, but still the feeling of eating a rich, delicious treat.
If you like carob, try some of these recipes:
Thick Hot Carob
Creamy Carob Mousse
Sugar-Free Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Sugar-Free Carob Candies
- ⅓ cup carob powder
- 5 Tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 Tbsp any nut or seed butter you like
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- dash sea salt
- dash powdered stevia
- Begin with room temperature ingredients so as to avoid any clumping when mixing.
- Whisk all until well combined.
- Pour into molds (I use a mini cupcake pan).
- Freeze or refrigerate until solid.
I like using homemade pecan butter in these because the pecans add a natural sweetness. If you're nut-free, I've used both hemp seed butter and pumpkin seed butter in these for my oldest daughter with great results!
Here are some of the items I use to make this recipe, including my favorite carob powders:
Hey, tried this recipe and it came out very grainy and bitter. Just wondering how it went so wrong
Hi there, this recipe is sugar-free, so it won't taste like something with sugar. I'm not certain about the grainy-ness, but it could be the carob powder you used? There are variations between brands.
Lauren, I am allergic to chocolate and love carob so appreciate this recipe! Carob also brings me back to my childhood and visiting health food stores. Also learned from your post what an iridologist is!
Thanks, Sandy! Carob is so nice to have when you're allergic to chocolate (I feel so bad for you for that!).
Thalia @ butter and brioche
I do enjoy a good ferrero rocher.. and I also adore healthy chocolate treats like these too! I have to make them.