{ sunday treat }

I thought I might do something a little different this morning. I have this fantabulous recipe for energy treats to share with you all. In search for a healthy treat I can make at home, a colleague gave me the idea of making Carob bars. Carob is 'a tropical pod that contains a sweet, edible pulp and inedible seeds. After drying, the pulp is roasted and ground into a powder that resembles cocoa powder.' Because of its resemblence, Carob can be used in baking to replace cocoa powder or chocolate. In my opinion it tastes a lot like semi-sweet chocolate. It has a slight bitter taste, with hints of coffee. And with further ado, here is the recipe: 1 cup of honey (preferably organic and raw) 1 cup of natural peanut butter (preferably organic) 1 cup of carob power (Bob's Red Mill brand is available at most natural food stores) 2 - 3 cups of your favorite healthy mix-ins (suggestions below): :: nuts :: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, etc. :: seeds :: flax, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc. :: dried fruit :: coconut, dates, raisins, apricots, ginger, etc. Heat honey and peanut butter in a large sauce pan over medium-low heat. stir until melted and fully combined. Remove from heat and stir in carob power until mixture resembles fudge. add your favorite mix-ins and stir well to combine. Press mixture into a 8" x 8" baking dish (or whatever similar size you have available). refrigerate until set. cut into squares and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain freshness, but are best enjoyed at room temperature! Let me know what you think!

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