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.
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.
These are so delicious and loved by both my girls who kept asking for more! 🙂
- 3 T. carob powder (I like using raw carob for these, but either will work), plus extra for rolling
- ¾ c. oats
- ½ avocado
- 2 T. (well-packed) coconut butter
- 1 T. raw honey or maple syrup (if vegan)
- 1½ t. vanilla
- ⅛ t. sea salt
- 1-4 t. 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.
Adapted from this recipe
Aside from my daughters, these make a great treat for me when trying to avoid dates, as I have to rotate my foods often to avoid becoming allergic.
What’s even BETTER about these, especially if you’re giving these to children, is how low the sugar content is: 3.2 grams per truffle!
They’re also low in both calories (61 apiece) and carbs (8.7 grams).
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.
However you make these, I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!
What healthy sweet treats do you like to give yourself or your children?