Mar 15, 2013

Weekend Recipe: Carob Protein Bites in 5 minutes. Sugar, dairy, gluten, egg and grain free

So first up I'm gonna say that this is not my recipe. It is damn delicious, effortlessly easy, and free of most things people seem to be either avoiding or intolerant to these days so Win Win Win. The recipe comes from Heather over at Sweetly Raw

Similar to me, Heather was once following a raw vegan diet high in natural sugars for a few years until she hit some road blocks with her health and began an entirely different way of eating in order to heal her body. She now eats more fats and proteins, among other things, and so this little snack or after-dinner treat is perfect for her, me, and everyone else wanting something sweet that's also super charged with nutrition.

What 'cha gonna need:

1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup carob powder
4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon coconut milk
5 drops stevia, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons coconut flakes
3 tablespoons slivered almonds

+ Stir all ingredients together (from the first section) in a bowl, adding the oil last.
+ Stir in the coconut flakes and almonds. 

+ Spread the mixture into a plastic wrap lined container (I used a container that could hold a sandwich). 

+ Chill in the fridge until it firms up, or even store in the freezer.

+ Chop into bite sized pieces, sit back and relax whilst your taste buds do the talking.

My notes you might find useful...

+ I used macadamia butter in place of almond butter. Yummo this is my favourite nut spread, and the only one in my pantry at the time.

+ I didn't use almonds either as I had none. Only coconut flakes. Still crunchy and delish. Use your taste buds cues here - if you love gojis berries, cacao noibs, chopped nuts or something else, give them a go!

+ My protein powder is sweetened with stevia so no additional drops were needed (it would have been way OTT on the sweet stuff if I had)

So there you go. I made this last night and I kid you not, it took me less than 5 minutes to grab the ingredients from the pantry, whip it all together, squash it in a dish and bung it in the freezer. I got about a dozen little bite-sized pieces from this quantity. B and I ate a few after my stuffed mushrooms attempt at dinner - not bad at all if I do say so myself.

Anyways, off to grab some ingredients from the markets right now and get into my study when I'm back. Have a fabuloso weekend. And if you haven't signed up to my newsletter that goes out today, make sure you do so you get it next Friday and can put your feet up with a cuppa and read the latest blog goss, nutirtion know-how's, recipes, tips and more. Ensure you get the latest here.


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