I don’t know about you but that title just makes me all giddy inside. Carob + almonds = heaven, in my opinion.
Not too long ago I would have thought you were crazy if you told me I would have a love affair with carob one day. I was a dark chocolate lady all the way and carob totally grossed me out.
When I started to realise my occasional poor sleep and crazy wired head space were due to my chocolate intake, whether it be raw cacao powder or the roasted, creamy 85% kind, I decided to give carob a proper shot.
As if I would ever go without dessert and sweet treats! Pfft to that.
The moral of the story: if you don’t feel good on chocolate, pretend you like carob until you do .
Today I have another carob recipe to share with you that I totally adore. It’s fun, easy and quick to make and you may already have the ingredients on hand – they are staples for most clean eating kitchens.
Carob Almond Love Cups
Why Love Cups? Why not I say!
3 tablespoons of carob or cocoa powder (use raw if you want these raw)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
10 tablespoons of pure water
4 dropperfuls of stevia (or more to taste)
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 raw almonds (ideally soaked and sprouted or fermented but just raw is fine too)
Melt the coconut oil if not already liquid in the oven or over the stove. Place in a bowl with the carob powder, water, stevia, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir well until smooth and there are no chunks of powder.
Add the almonds and stir once.
Place mini cupcake/muffin cases on a plate. Using a teaspoon, drop a spoonful of the carob/almond mixture into each muffin case.
Pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes or until hard but not icy frozen.
Let me know if you try them. There are so many ways you can vary these too…add dried fruits, fillings, seeds, other nuts, coconut…endless possibilities and I have a few in mind for future posts so stay tuned!
On another note, I can’t believe we are almost at the end of week 3 for the Strong Is Sexy Fitness Challenge ! The week 4 workouts are now posted here . I am feeling stronger and sexier for sure! Please do let me know how you are going.
Are you a cocoa or carob fan? What’s your favourite way to enjoy either?