As no vegan blog is, in my opinion, complete without a few scrumptious dessert recipes, I do believe it is time to get the ball rolling with my first. So may I have the pleasure of introducing you to a treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth – Coconut Carob Bites.
These bite-size treats were born out of my desire to create something I could grab on-the-go, yet did not require a food processor to assemble (because, contrary to what many recipe bloggers may assume, not every vegan on the planet owns a nifty food processor that makes whipping up energy bars and decadent truffles a breeze). This is not to say that I do not believe in the use of food processors – I would undoubtedly use mine at least once a day if I had one – but I do think it is good to experiment with alternatives. It is about making healthy living accessible, not exclusive, after all.
These bites contain no refined sugars and when eaten in moderation, serve as a good source of protein, calcium and healthy fats from the nuts, peanut butter and sesame seeds, as well as some iron from the dates and molasses. Definitely not fat-free by any account, but still a healthier version of the dairy cream and sugar-laden alternative you would have been consuming otherwise. So do yourself a favour and make a batch – serve them to guests for tea or eat one or two before a gym workout. Craving satisfied!
COCONUT CAROB BITES
- 50g walnuts
- 2 1/2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp carob powder
- 12 dried dates, soaked in water for 3 hours (or longer)
- 1 tbsp organic natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp molasses
- A pinch of salt (to bring out the flavours)
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
- 1-2 tsp date water
- Chop the walnuts into tiny pieces using either a large sharp knife, a coffee grinder or a food processor (I used the knife – but will try my coffee grinder next time)
- Remove the dates from the soaking water and chop into small pieces. Reserve the water for later use.
- Add the chopped nuts, shredded coconut, chopped dates, carob powder and peanut butter and salt into a bowl and mix together well.
- Add the molasses and date water to help bind the mixture.
- Roll into small balls and coat with sesame seeds if desired.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour.
*Note: The peanut butter is not necessary, but it does help the bites stick together and provides a nice flavour. If you are allergic to peanuts simply omit the peanut butter – they still taste great without it!