I love carob also called (Ceratonia siliqua) and it’s commonly substituted in place of chocolate for people who may be sensitive to chocolate or who prefer to avoid its naturally stimulating effects. For a 100 gram serving, carob has 4 grams of fiber, 360 mg of calcium, and 850 mg of potassium. These are a delicious fun treat, dessert or snack on the run as it includes healthy fats and protein from the addition of nuts. For an even more chocolaty taste, you can easily substitute the carob powder with cacao powder. For more Smart Sweet recipes, see our list of healthy desserts.
- 1 1/2 cups (200 g) cashews + ¼ cup (35 g) reserved
- 3 dates
- 2 tbsp carob powder
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 4 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- Add the 1 1/2 cups of cashew nuts to a food processor and mix for 45 – 60 seconds until it forms a wet butter-like consistency. Then add the remaining ingredients except the extra cashews and process until it is mixed well.
- Chop the extra cashews then add them into the mix to add some crunch to the texture.
- Roll 1 tablespoon of mix into a ball and store in an air-tight container in the fridge until well formed.
- Sprinkle sea salt and extra carob or cacao powder on the balls for a richer chococlaty taste (optional).
- Cashew nuts – Brazil nuts, macadamias, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts
- Carob – cacao
- Chia seeds – flaxseeds
- Coconut oil – cacao butter
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour (in the fridge)
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 16 (1 ball per serving)
- Nutrition per serving:
- Saturated Fat3g
- Protein 3g
Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.