sugar-free carob almond butter cups

what’s the best cure for the monday blues?

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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!

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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)

"chocolate"

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup carob powder, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder

filling

  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 + 1/8 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder

instructions

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!

I'm sharing these on Allergy-Free Wednesday and Wellness Weekends!

 

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hope these help make life just a little sweeter for you all. have a lovely week!

43 thoughts on “sugar-free carob almond butter cups

  1. I can’t thank you enough for this recipe! I have been eating healthy and working with a nutritionist for 2 years. Recently I was diagnosed with a “yeast” problem and this has been a life saver for when that chocolate craving she-devil comes to life. LOVE THEM!

  2. Hi gabby! These look great! Hey, how do you feel about N yeast? I’ve read stuff about it not being good for us and the glutamate / excitotoxin thing and all – being like MSG. Have you read about that?

    • Thanks Adrienne! 

      I have read that, but only very recently and I’m finding it all very confusing. While I understand it contains glutamate, it’s different than monosodium glutamate so I’m not really sure what to think! For now I’m going to keep using it sparingly and keep my diet focused on whole, unprocessed foods. Because no matter how we swing it, nutritional yeast isn’t whole and unprocessed. I’ll be keeping an eye on things for sure though and probably won’t buy more until findings are more conclusive. 

      • The whole thing is very confusing.  We used to eat a lot of it and my son gobbles it as a condiment if it's on the table but he is restricting himself now.  The only other "processed" food we eat is xylitol and sometimes erythritol, but that's because of candida and we can't handle most other sweeteners.  Well, also gelatin which has the glutamate concern as well, but I have talked w/ a scientist about that and he says it isn't a concern.  I guess we'll just try not to worry about it.  I just feel concerned after reading the Excitotoxin book. Did you read that?

  3. Oooh! You’re great at finding sugar free treats Gabby. I have similar carob cups in my carob book and I could eat them all day long, lol. I can just imagine an almond butter filled carob cup – amazzzing idea !

  4. Yay my vote one =)
    Oh holy crap those look good! I can’t wait to try ‘em out (maybe today haha).
    I do not have vanilla powder but will see if lacuma powder works as a sub.
    I love how they are made with carob. Cacao is the only caffeine I ever have any more and love to sub carob in as much as possible to avoid the stimulants.
    YUM

    • Lucuma would definitely work! You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

      I was told to avoid chocolate following and intolerance test and carob has been a godsend! So good to avoid the stimulants too as you said :) plus all those good minerals for bone health!

  5. Yum yum yum!! What I found most amazing about them was that they tasted more like chocolate than carob! So much carob in them!! Love it! I may try to make them this holiday season. Thanks again for a tasty dessert AND a fabulous recipe. :)

  6. These look fab, can’t wait to make them! I recently bought a bar of unsweetened carob to try and love it so I bet I’ll enjoy these with the tasty filling.

  7. Oooh yum these look so delicious Gabby! I love that you made it sugar free too. I don’t think I’ve ever used carob in baking before but I definitely would like to try it. Isn’t it caffeine free too? I bet it is perfect paired with almond butter! They look beautiful, great job!

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