My husband is on a sugar/caffeine free diet in order to help rid him of debilitating migraines. So far it seems to really be helping. This was no easy feat. This is a man who can easily down a box of girl scout cookies in one sitting. We were able to replace certain foods with Zevia soda (a fantastic soda made with stevia, caffeine and sugar free), chia seed pudding, sugar free peanut butter, etc. But what he missed most? Chocolate. Finally, I realized the solution: Carob!
Carob is a type of legume that grows in pods, similar to peas and to chocolate. The pods (not the seeds) are dried and ground to make a mildly sweet powder that tastes very similar to chocolate. When the hubby requested a chocolate-y treat made with carob, I wanted to stick to something easy, rich, and at least somewhat healthy. And oh. my. goodnesssssss. These are freaking delicious. They taste like very rich chocolate/peanut butter brownies.
No Bake Carob Cookies
makes 8-10 cookies
-1 cup rolled oats
-1/2 peanut butter
-5 Tbsp carob powder
-1 ripe banana, smashed
-1 Tbsp neutral tasting oil (like grapeseed)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-3-4 scoops stevia powder*
1. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Roll into cookies and chill in the fridge until firm (about 15-30 minutes). Store in fridge or freezer.
*The stevia powder I got is from Trader Joe’s and comes with a tiny scoop. Stevia is very sweet, so if there is no scoop, start with a very scant 1/8 teaspoon