Carob Oat Truffles - These fudgy, kid-friendly treats are made without dates or nuts. No baking time needed so they're ready for your enjoyment immediately!
If I haven't bored you with my obsessive love for carob, then maybe this post will take you over the top.
Back when I made my husband his Andes' Mint Pie for Valentine's Day, my daughter Jade came into the kitchen and asked, 'mommy, does that have nuts in it?'.
It broke my heart to tell her that it did, because that meant she couldn't have any due to allergies.
While I have a few treats on the blog that she can eat, most of them are layered or baked and take some time.
This was all the encouragement I needed to come up with something for her sweet tooth.
I wanted something quick, easy, with a decent dose of nutrition that I would feel good about giving her.
Date-free and low in sugar
I opt to use carob a lot with my girls because of the caffeine content in chocolate. Chocolate often sends them into a hyperactive tizzy, so since they both enjoy carob, I make the swap whenever possible.
Carob has a natural sweetness that doesn't require a lot of extra sugar to become really delicious. It also pairs very well with stevia, so if you wanted to make these completely sugar/sweetener-free, you could use about 12-15 drops with an additional tablespoon of water in place of the honey or maple syrup.
Aside from my daughters, these make a great treat for me!
What's even BETTER about these, especially if you're giving these to children, is that they're lower in sugar.
These are so delicious and loved by both my girls who kept asking for more! 🙂
Carob Oat Truffles (Nut-Free, Date-Free)
- 3 Tbsp carob powder I like using raw carob for these, but either will work, plus extra for rolling
- ¾ cup oats
- ½ avocado
- 2 Tbsp well-packed coconut butter
- 1 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- 1-4 tsp water as needed
- Process the oats until fine like flour.
- Add in the remaining ingredients, adding water only as needed to bring everything to together (it should start to clump together in the processor).
- Roll the mixture into balls and in carob powder, if desired.
Use another nut or seed butter in place of the coconut butter, if you prefer.
Some of the items I use to make this recipe include: