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Power Carob Bark

This recipe is brought to you by guest blogger and friend:

Amy Nichols – Owner/Baker
Healthy Grains Bakery
515-745-6693

 I found this recipe online and fell in love with is the first time I made it! It is so yummy, quick, and versatile! The stars of the recipe are Carob Powder and Coconut Oil.

Carob powder has been given a bad rap as a chocolate substitute when it doesn’t taste like chocolate at all! Carob has a sweet, earthy flavor. Carob has some fantastic health benefits too! It can improve your digestion, has been found to be antiviral, and can even be used to treat diarrhea. Carob is a low glycemic, high fiber food and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and calcium! Because of carobs natural sweet flavor there is no need to add sugar to this recipe!

Coconut oil has had a bad reputation as well. It was labeled as bad for us because it is high in saturated fat. But the fat in coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid which has healthy qualities. Medium chain fatty acids are sent directly to our liver and converted into energy so they are not stored as fat! Coconut oils also has lauric acid which gives it anti viral, anti microbial properties.

Combine these two ingredients with your choice of add-ins and you get one powerful snack!

Power Carob Bark

1 cup Coconut Oil

¾ cup carob powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 cups add-ins*

Melt coconut oil in microwave on low. (Or melt in small saucepan on stove top over very low heat, stirring until melted)

Put carob powder in a bowl, stir in melted coconut oil until well blended. Stir in add-ins.

Pour onto waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Spread to desired thickness.

Freeze until firm. Break into pieces. Because coconut oil has a low melting point this bark should be kept in the freezer or refrigerator.

*Add-in options. You get to pick your favorite options! You can just choose one or any combination. For a thinner bark limit the total add-ins to one cup. For thicker bark bump it up to two cups total. Some of my favorites are: sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts or pecans, chopped cashews, unsweetened shredded coconut, raisins, chopped dried fruit, crisp rice cereal, hemp seeds, or cacao nibs. Let your imagination run wild!

Both carob powder and coconut oil can be found online if you local health food store does not carry them.