Lately I've been experimenting with healthy protein snacks with a touch of natural sweetness. I've got more to share soon, but for now... these carob bites have a chewy, fudgey texture are filled with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They get their sweetness from stevia and the slightly natural sweet taste of carob!
Carob Protein Bites
I added in some coconut flakes (not shreds) and slivered almonds to give some crunch and texture but you can add in whatever you like. Cacao nibs, goji berries, chopped nuts. The amount of stevia is completely up to you - different protein powders will vary in level of sweetness, so start with just a few drops of stevia and add to suit your preference.
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup carob powder
4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder*
1 tablespoon coconut milk
5 drops stevia, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons coconut flakes
3 tablespoons slivered almonds
Stir all ingredients together (from the first section) in a bowl, adding the oil last.
Stir in the coconut flakes and almonds.
Spread the mixture into a plastic wrap lined container (I used a container that could hold a sandwich).
Chill in the fridge until it firms up, or even store in the freezer.
*I used whey protein powder that is stevia sweetened. You can use a vegan/raw one or whatever you like.
Recently, Sarah of Queer Vegan Food launched The Queer Vegan Cookbook, Fun Unique and Delicious Vegan Recipes. The book features recipes from many chefs, including me (you'll find my raw avocado lime cheesecake in it)! The coolest part is that Sarah is donating 100% of the profits to the Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. I hope you'll check it out!