Carob Candy

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 Satisfying a sweet, salty, creamy craving – Vegan, Grain/Gluten-Free

Last fall we had a really fun day preparing recipes for the new book and photographing them.  Most of the participants were the local candidates for the Natural Wellness Academy “Holistic Health and Life Coaching” certification.  A few of the remote students (we have candidates in 9 different countries!) wanted to participate as they love preparing and photographing food.  This photo is from coaching candidate, Kristie Oren, who contributed a great Gluten-Free Pancake recipe last year, too.

This is one of the recipes in my upcoming book, The Forever Plan – 8 Simple Steps to Enlightened Eating due out early fall 2015.  The original inspiration for this delicious snack comes from my ultra-creative colleague, Stephie McCarthy.

You can find sunflower butter rather easily, but it will be from roasted seeds, not raw.   That doesn’t bother me  but the fact that most sunflower seed butters are loaded with sugar is an issue.  It’s always best — in my opinion — to have the option to sweeten foods with more enlightened choices!  MaraNatha and Once Again are the only organic brands I’ve seen without added sugars.

My favorite sweeteners (in this order!) are erythritol, coconut nectar, raw honey and maple syrup.  There are many low-glycemic options like stevia, yacon syrup, Jerusalem artichoke syrup, coconut crystals that I urge you to investigate and try for taste.  I am not a big fan of agave these days, but if you use it from time to time and are not a diabetic, that should not be a major problem.  The original recipe calls for vanilla-flavored stevia drops (Nu-Naturals brand has them) but I have never adapted to the taste of stevia.

Carob is a good vegan substitute for chocolate but not identical in flavor.   It is slighty sweet and blends well into drinks and desserts.     Made from grinding the dried pod of the carob tree (St. John’s Bread) into a powder, most brands of carob are actually toasted and not raw. You can also buy raw carob at some health food stores and online. Some people are sensitive to cacao and others avoid it as they consider it a stimulant and not strictly raw and use carob instead.  You can use either in this recipe.  Here’s another remarkable Raw Fusion recipe using carob powder – Carob Crispy Candies.

Sunny Carob Candy

Equipment:

  • Bowl
  • Mini-Cupcake Tin or Candy Molds

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sunflower butter (source one that has no added sugar, ideally)
  • 1/2 cup carob (or cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 30 drops of vanilla stevia drops or 3-4 TB. of honey, agave or coconut nectar
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • Whole nuts for decoration
  • Coarse grained sea salt

Directions: Mix the first 4 ingredients, then adding enough of the sunflower seeds to thicken the batter. Sprinkle in salt for a sweet/salty taste, or use more salt and no sweetener for a salty snack. Press into mini-cupcake or candy molds.   Decorate the top with some of the remaining seeds.
top with whole nuts and a light sprinkle of whole grained sea salt. Freeze until firm.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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