No Bake Chewy Carob Squares

I was in the mood for something sweet today.

We’ve been living on soup, casseroles, soup, and more casseroles this week. As much as I love these warming foods this time of year, I was dying for a chewy dessert and a tall glass of almond milk.

Thankfully after two tries, and a pair of very sticky hands later, my wish was granted.

You all know how much I love cacao spread, cacao cups, and cacao macaroons. But I wanted to try something new, and was looking for a caffeine free alternative [just in case I wanted to indulge in an afternoon nap]. Keeping these requirements in mind, I quickly landed on carob.

Cacao vs. Carob

  • Both are grown in tropical pods, but carob is naturally sweeter and has a stronger bitter taste to it
  • Both have equal amounts of fats and calories
  • Cacao is a super-food with much more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than carob
  • Carob is caffeine free
  • Carob is more alkalizing to the body

Essentially, cacao is a super-food and will contain a lot more health benefiting nutrients than carob. Having said that however, carob is less acidic, so it really boils down to what your health goals are. For me, it’s about variety so, I say… bring on the alkalizing treat!


No Bake Chewy Carob Squares
Recipe type: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Serves: 16-20 bars
Sweet and chewy carob squares packed with coconut oil and crunchy rice.
  1. Combine cereals and sunflower seeds in a small bowl, set aside
  2. Boil water in a large soup pot. Once boiled, place a metal bowl over the top of the pot (make shift double boiler). Place coconut oil in the metal bowl to melt
  3. Once coconut oil is melted, add carob chips and melt
  4. Meanwhile, combine agave, salt, and vanilla extract
  5. Pour agave mixture into metal bowl and stir quickly until combined
  6. Combine cereal mixture with melted carob chips
  7. Press mixture into a 9×9 silicon mat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  8. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden up
Optional: make into bite sized balls instead of bars. They’re a bit easier to eat, and in a smaller portion.

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  1. Most unsweetened carob chips are made with powdered cow milk which eliminates any alkalizing benefit you may gain from the carob. And since I am allergic to all animal-based milks I search out the vegan variety which is really rich in carob.

    • Hey! I’ve shared multiple sources of dairy-free carob on the blog. It’s definitely out there!

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