These carob date bars are as easy to make as my orange date bars which I posted not that long ago but these taste quite different … sort of chocolaty goodness. Don’t these just jump off the page at you? Go ahead, pick one up and eat it … you know you wanna!
You might wonder why I post so many treats considering that the autoimmune protocol recommends that we limit treats and especially fructose to between 10-20g per day. Soon after starting the autoimmune protocol I lost fifteen pounds, ten of which I couldn’t afford to lose. If I have a treat once a day then I can maintain my weight … without these treats I continue to lose weight even if I increase my consumption of good fats. Fingers crossed, I may even be gaining a bit of weight back.
This past weekend I went hiking with six women in Cathedral Lakes Park in southern British Columbia and took along these carob date bars which were a huge hit. I have to confess that after I shared most of them I had to hoard the rest so that I had something to eat on the long drive back home. Can you relate? Confessions of a food hoarder … it drives my husband crazy but I think that a lot of us on this protocol fall into this trap.
I apologize to those of you who can’t eat coconut or dislike it. It seems that I use coconut in some form in at least half of the recipes that I concoct. What would I do if I became intolerant to it?
Coconut in my carob date bars:
- nutrients found in coconut: manganese, copper, iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, B vitamins, vitamins C and E. See the Paleo Mom.
- coconut is a good source of fiber.
- coconut has antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.
- coconut has a fairly high environmental impact because it is transported from South East Asia where it is grown as a mono-culture crop.
- choose to buy organic to minimize the pesticide exposure experienced by the farmers.
- the farmers who grow coconut generally live in poverty.
- choose to buy Fair Trade Certified™ so that farmers earn some additional money.
Food to Heal Ourselves
These carob date bars are a great snack especially for those times when we have a craving for sweets.
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
3 cups dried (shredded) coconut
1/4 cup coconut flour (optional)
1/4 cup toasted powdered carob
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups pitted medjool dates
1 cup currants
Put pitted dates in a bowl and cover with very hot water.
Let sit for 10-15 minutes until softened.
Process until mixed.
Add currants and process again.
Drain the dates reserving some of the liquid.
Sprinkle salt on the hot wet dates.
Add dates to the coconut mix in the food processor and process on low until mixed in.
If necessary, add a bit of the date water so that the mixture sticks together.
Spread all of the coconut date mixture in an 8X8 inch pan, patting down firmly and evenly and then smoothing with the back of a spoon.
You can use another variety of dates but if they are not as soft as a medjool you may have to add some date liquid to the coconut mix.
I've added the coconut flour because I have a lot left over after making coconut milk and am trying to use it up.
See this recipe at Phoenix Helix Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #131