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Coconut Caramel Carob Bars

Carob Bars are excellent sources of energy and nutrition, especially after a workout activity, in between meals or to just help you get through the day.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: Carob Bars, carob desserts, Carob Snacks
Author: Busy Bee's Kitchen

Ingredients

BASE

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 4 tbsps coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of sea salt

CARAMEL LAYER

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of sea salt

CHOCOLATE LAYER

  • 3/4 cup melted cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsps The Australian Carob Co. Roasted or Raw Carob Powder
  • 3 tbsps cacao powder
  • 3-5 tbsps maple syrup (or to your liking)
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  • Blitz the base in a food processor for approximately two (2) minutes. Press down into the base of a lined square baking tray.
  • Blitz the caramel layer and pour over the base. Place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes until set.
  • Blitz the chocolate layer and pour over the caramel. Place back into freezer for at least 1 hour.
  • Slice and store in freezer or refrigerator.

Notes

Substitutions: For nut-free use sunflower meal in base and tahini in caramel. For gluten-free, use quinoa in place of oats. For fructose-free replace maple with rice malt syrup.