Here is a great recipe for a homemade chocolate and/or carob bar.
This recipe tops everything. 🙂
I found a version of it on Whole Approach, a website dedicated to helping folks recover from systemic candida. The support there is wonderful, the knowledge base is solid and the recipes are a great help for anyone dealing with candida, or just trying to go sugar free and/or avoid excess carbohydrates.
But I digress. Back to the desserts.
Of course, it can also be eaten alone :-).
I am going to give alternative sweetener and oil options. Have fun trying different options that you have available. I'm sure that you will find a way to use it no matter how it turns out!
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- 8 Tbsp coconut oil (organic palm oil works well too, or butter)
- 8 Tbsp almond butter (any nut or seed butter would work. See Homemade Nut and Seed Butter)
- 1/2 cup sugar or appropriate substitute*
- 5 slightly rounded Tbsp carob or cocoa powder (use carob for AIP)
- 9 tsp honey or other liquid sweetener**
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Melt coconut oil and almond butter over a simmer. To ensure a smooth product, you may wish to sift your carob. Stir in the carob and the granulated sweetener and combine thoroughly. Mix in remaining ingredients. Continuously stir until it slightly thickens, then remove from heat. Stir in the liquid sweetener and vanilla. Pour the mixture into an 8x8 pan if serving alone, or top your favorite bar or candy with a thick layer.
- Depending on the consistency of your butter, and whether or not you have sifted the carob, your final product may have small chunks in it of carob and/or nuts and seeds. I also recommend using a mixture of alternative sweeteners if you are avoiding sugar. This will give a cleaner taste.
- Place in fridge or freezer to harden.
* For candida diets, xylitol and erythritol work well. Approx. 6 scoops stevia extract (read How to Use Stevia) is a good alternative as well. Use coconut sugar for AIP.
**For candida diets, use vegetable glycerine. Approx. 3 scoops stevia is a good alternative as well. Use honey or maple syrup (read Choosing Maple Syrup) for AIP.
I hope you like this as much as my kiddos did! It sure is a better price in the sugar free version than the $3.75 bars at our local health food store! 🙂