Carob No Bake Cookies

As we saw in my post yesterday, swimsuit season is quickly approaching and this has me kicking into high gear with health and fitness. Finally, after a decade of regular yoga practice, I've gotten hooked on hot yoga, and I'm embracing some out there things like oil pulling.

While looking at new healthy recipes to try, I came across carob powder as a substitute for chocolate. Since I am a bit of a chocolate fiend, I figured I would give it a try. No bake cookies seemed like an easy enough place to start and I'm declaring my first venture into carob powder a success.


Carob No Bake Cookies
(I put links below to the exact products I used. You can find most of these at a normal grocery store and absolutely all of them will be at Whole Foods.)

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup carob powder
1 cup quick oats
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat the peanut butter, coconut oil, and agave nectar slowly until completely melted. Be careful not to burn it! Mix the carob powder, oats, coconut, and flaxseed in a medium mixing bowl. Add melted peanut butter, oil, and agave nectar. Add vanilla extract and mix thoroughly. Let cool. Fold in chocolate chips (do not add while still warm or they will melt completely!). Scoop onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Stick in freezer to solidify, store in refrigerator. Enjoy!


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