While my love for chocolate is endless, it's often processed in facilities with tree nuts, making it unfriendly for me and those among us with a tree nut allergy. It's also packed with refined sugars. For example, even "healthier" options like 75% dark chocolate are still 25% sugar. I have been on a journey to cut out refined sugars from my diet, but here's the deal- they hide everywhere! From chocolate to peanut butter to dried fruits, and many more store bought products. This is why I prefer to cook and bake with ingredients at the purest form possible.
And so when I found carob powder at Taste of Life (located in the Levinsky Market - Tel Aviv), I was inspired to develop a "chocolate-like" recipe, as I have heard that carob is a healthier alternative to chocolate, high in antioxidants & fiber, caffeine-free, and has a slight nuttiness and natural sweetness. And the biggest plus for the lazy among us, no need to spend time melting down chocolate for dessert recipes. So I got to working on this "freezer fudge," and tried my best to make it accessible to all of us, from celiac to tree-nut allergy to vegan.
It can be so easy to create gluten & sugar filled treats, and the biggest challenge in healthy cooking is making desserts that go along with that lifestyle. But it's an exciting challenge to test and develop desserts that both satisfy my sweet tooth, give me energy, all the while being "melt-in-your-mouth" delicious.
It's ready in 30 minutes, from start to finish. You can change up the nut butter (almond, cashew, tahini, etc.) types of sweetener (coconut sugar), and even add in more ingredients (raisins, chia, nuts) as you see fit. The coconut oil is a must here as it helps to solidify the fudge when chilled.
All you need is a large mixing bowl & whisk for prepping, and an 8x8 inch pan lined with parchment paper for setting the fudge.
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For the wet sea salt, hit up my Etsy shop :)
Yalla, let's get baking!
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 1/3 cup carob powder
- 2 tbsp real maple syrup
- 1 tbsp 100% silan
- 1/2 tsp wet sea salt (any salt can work, but the texture of wet sea salt is a nice touch)
- 2/3 cup whole grain rolled oats (this will give it a great crunchy texture, therefore important to NOT use quick/instant oats, as that will make it mushy)
1. Line the pan with parchment paper (or plastic wrap)- this will help with easy removal.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until smooth.
3. With a spatula, scoop the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out.
4. Freeze for about 20 minutes, or until solid.
5. Slice into squares and eat away!
6. Store leftovers in a container in the freezer as it can get soft at room temperature.
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