what’s the best cure for the monday blues?
delicious desserts! how do carob almond butter cups sound?
ok well maybe they aren’t the best cure, but they certainly do help don’t they? rich sweet carob with a creamy almond butter filling. and even better- these are totally guilt-free! why is that do you ask? there is absolutely no added sugar or sweetener of any kind in these!
i used this recipe of mine for raw almond butter cups to start, but tweaked the ingredients to make it completely free of sugar and sweetener. the result was a surprisingly delicious sweet that totally fit in with the guidelines for my sugar-free challenge!
what’s the secret? naturally sweet carob stands in for the cacao, meaning that to make the “chocolate” base, all you need is carob and coconut oil! the filling uses naturally sweet almond butter with a little vanilla and my secret ingredient, nooch (or nutritional yeast if we’re speaking all proper-like) to make the filling.
despite the fact that these have no bad ingredients in them, they are also packed with loads of goodness! carob is commonly used as a chocolate substitute and it comes with loads of health benefits of it’s own!
- it improves digestions
- has no caffeine
- acts as an antioxidant
- can be used to help allergies and asthma
- and is super rich in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium- great for bones!
plus, combine this with calcium-rich almond butter and these pack and huge punch of nutrition for your bones! forget those processed chocolate calcium treats (that probably don’t do too much anyway) and have one of these! your body will thank you :)
and in case you still need a reason to make these, i brought a few over to janet’s for her and rob to try out and they were very well received! thanks again you guys for a lovely evening and the delicious dinner, i’m glad you liked my small contribution!
step aside reese’s peanut butter cups, you’re no longer needed ;)
sugar-free carob almond butter cups (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free)
delicious chocolatey treats that are high in calcium and are completely guilt-free. no added sugars or sweeteners, but complete deliciousness!
ingredients (8 cups)
- 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 2/3 cup carob powder, sifted
- 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/4 cup raw almond butter
- 1/4 + 1/8 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder
melt the coconut oil in a bowl, remove from heat and whisk in the sifted carob powder and vanilla. continue mixing until everything is combined.
spoon about half the mixture in to the bottom of 8 muffin liners. for complete instructions on making the cups, see this post. put them in the fridge to harden while you make the filling.
mix together the filling ingredients and put into the hardened muffin liners. you want to try and spread the filling out as flat as possible so it's easier to cover with the rest of the carob.
spoon the other half of the carob mixture on top, making sure to spread out all the way to the sides of the cups. put back in the fridge to harden. store in the fridge until ready to eat, since these get quite melty at room temperature!
hope these help make life just a little sweeter for you all. have a lovely week!