Carob, Almond and Coconut Dulces
I have a close friend from the Philippines living in the U.S. and whenever he would get home sick I would make him these decadent treats. Philippines has much of my spanish culture so I will call these sweet bites dulces (Spanish for sweet treats). These dulces are not the exact treats my friend was used to eating in his country, but the almond flavor and consistency were close enough to make him feel cozy and happy (and less cranky). The coconut part of these sweets reminds me of little dulces that my grandfather Pepe would make for me in Peru when I was a child. He served these dulces for my birthday parties and alternate them in different flavors each year, recipes which I will eventually post. You can substitute cocoa powder for carob as it really just depends on taste and mood. When I use carob it’s usually because I don’t want caffeine that day and I just want something sweet and without chocolate (that’s because I eat too much chocolate already!). I am a chocoholic like most people I know and sometimes I get wired out eating too much of the good thing so I turn to carob, my other lover. Also, there are people who are just flat-out allergic to chocolate and carob is the best that they can do, making it is a great alternative.
- 8 ounces of creamy almond butter
- 1/2 cup of carob powder (sifted if possible)
- 1 cup of grated, unsweetened coconut
- 1/8 cup of liquid agave sweetener