Carob is a great alternative to chocolate if you are sensitive to caffeine. You can buy it raw or roasted at the local health food shop. It is used in weight loss formulas as it lowers the glycemic index of food, releasing sugar into the blood stream slower. It can also used to help prevent diarrhea as it helps prevent fluid loss and dehydration. Carob is very nutritious – contains as much Vitamin B1 as asparagus or strawberries, as much niacin as lima beans, lentils, or peas, and more Vitamin A than eggplant, asparagus, and beet. It also contains Vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the trace minerals iron, manganese, chromium, copper, and nickel. Compared to chocolate, carob is 3 times richer in calcium, has 1/3 less calories and 17 times less fat.
These brownie bites are super moist, quick and easy to make, naturally sweet from carob and dates, rich in fibre and antioxidants, gluten-free, wheat-free and vegan. It is perfect for a healthy snack and dessert. I added cayenne pepper which beautifully complement chocolate with the hint of spice and zing. Cayenne has been used for centuries in therapeutic medicine. This powerful spice helps supercharge your metabolism, stabilises blood sugar level, prevents headaches, blood clots, heart attacks and the cold related allergens. Cayenne has also been used as detox support because of its ability to stimulate the circulatory system. It is a very subtle taste in the brownie. Enjoy every bite 🙂
Ingredients (10 brownie bites)
1/2 cup raw carob powder
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup Medjool dates (add more if you want it sweeter)
50g chopped walnuts, pre-soaked and toasted
2 tbsp almond milk
50g coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla bean powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
a pinch of Himalayan salt
Simply process all ingredients in your food processor until combined. Transfer the mixture into a prepared baking tin or container. Press firmly with the back of the spoon. Set in the freezer until firm. Cut the brownie into a desired size. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer. I think it is best enjoyed straight out the freezer.