Less is so often more. I am amazed at how five simple ingredients can dance together to create cosmic alchemy in the kitchen.

Today’s no-bake Carob Cosmos Bars are naturally vegan, gluten-free and without refined sugar, as you would expect from Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen.

They are energizing, and delicious endowed with super healthy ingredients.

(carob pods and carob powder)

Carob offers an excellent alternative to cacao or chocolate

Unlike cacao, carob is free from caffeine. This makes it an excellent alternative to cacao or chocolate. Carob is also high in protein, full of nutrients and quite abundant in antioxidants.

I’ve found a couple of different types of carob out there. One is lighter and sweeter, whilst the other is darker with a slight bitter hit. I like both and use them interchangeably. Carob is available in any good health food store.

Use whatever you have available to you and experiment.

Dates are the ultimate wholefood sweetener

Dates offer an abundance of gifts. Not only do they make a delicious natural sweetener, they also work as the perfect binder for recipes like this.  Unlike refined sugar, this natural sweetener is chock-full of nutrients that are really beneficial for our health.

With alternatives like dates, I’ve not needed to use refined sugar for the best part of 20 years. High fives for dates!

What else?

Well, not much else! But the other three ingredients make for a delicious medley of texture, flavour and nutritional goodness. I’ve added ground almonds for their naturally delicious flavour.

Shelled hempseeds for their superstar healthy profile, for that pleasant nutty taste and also, quite importantly, that comos effect they make, scattering themselves through the bars like little twinkling stars in the night sky.

A touch of vanilla adds a little dance of delectablness too.

Carob Cosmos Bar Video

Come join me in my kitchen. Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to make them…

 

Let’s hear it for Carob Cosmos Bars…

Carob Cosmos Bars with Hemp Seeds (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, no refined sugar)

Carob Cosmos Bars with Hemp Seeds (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, no refined sugar)

Yield: 6 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A super healthy energy bar using carob, dates, almonds and hemp seeds.

Ingredients

  • 100g (1 cup) dates
  • 75g (3/4 cup) ground almonds
  • 25g (4 tablespoons) shelled hempseeds
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. If your dates aren't already soft and slightly squishy to the touch, then you'll need to soak dates ahead of time for 30 minutes. Soak and then thoroughly drain off the water. If you don't have a food processor and want to make this with a hand blender, then I might suggest soaking your dates for longer, for about an hour (but bear in mind, your bars might end up a tiny bit softer that you want, in which case adding back in some extra ground almonds at the end might help. Play with it.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a food processor, until everything is mostly broken down. A few rustic chunks are fine. It should hold together nicely if you squeeze some of the mixture between your finger tips.
  3. Line a loaf tin (or similar sized container) with parchment paper and compact the mixture down really firmly. Taking time to make sure it is pressed down to allow it all to hold together. This might take a minute or two and is quite an important stage to make sure you get firm bars rather than crumbly bars.
  4. Pop it in the fridge for about half an hour to let it firm up some more before chopping into bars.
  5. Please check out my video for a quick tutorial on this recipe.

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