Spiced Carob Cake Bars (sugar free)

Cake bars, they’re a thing, right? Pinterest agreed when I asked Google, anyway, so I thought I could share these spiced carob cake bars. They’re sandwiched between layers of ooey-gooey date caramel and completely refined sugar-free. I’d say sugar-free, but I’m sure someone would argue about the natural sugar content of dates! So: refined sugar-free, vegan, spiced carob cake bars, let me count the ways I love you.

Naturally sweet cake bars

I like these cheeky little cake bars because they’re actually not too bad on the ingredient front. I don’t mind the kids taking a bite (for such tiny little ones they take massive bites!) and looking at me like they’ve shared in something naughty. And I don’t mind quickly inhaling one of these while they’re pulling all the drying laundry off the airer. They don’t make me feel quite so guilty as when I inhale half a packet of Oreos, y’know?

The ingredients are kept little-kid friendly by being completely free of (refined) sugar. They do have fruit in, so they’re naturally sweetened. And arguably contribute towards their daily intake of fruits! Arguably… might not be an argument I’d accept from them in a few years though. But instead of sugar, these carob cake bars have apple puree and blende dates.

Why carob cake bars?

I’m still conquering my fear of carob, so after making my cinnamon carob energy bites, I thought a nice bit of cake would be the next thing to try. I mean, if you eat something in a cake you’re pretty much guaranteed to like it forever, right? Like carrots! Anyway… in all seriousness, after Buy Wholefoods Online sent me an array of ingredients to try out, and after making the energy bites, it was still the carob powder that called to me. It’s cheeky cocoa-esque nature that isn’t really chocolate at all… It demanded that I tame it. Or try to.

And so: spiced carob cake bars. I’m still don’t think one should pretend carob is chocolate. I paired it with ground ginger here instead, which gives the cake a bit of a punch (a gentle punch!) that melts into a delicious blend of flavours once the date caramel frosting joins in too.

If you like carob cake bars…

Then you might like to try these healthy vegan snack ideas too!

Spiced Carob Cookie Bars

    Ingredients

    • cake
    • 125ml non-dairy milk
    • 1 tbsp ground linseed + 3 tbsp water
    • 90g apple puree
    • 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
    • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 3 tbsp carob powder
    • 150g plain flour
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • frosting
    • 50g dried dates
    • 55g tahini
    • 2-3 tbsp water (optional)

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 175°C (fan)
    2. Bake for 25-30 minutes - I test mine by sticking a cocktail stick in the middle. When it comes out clean, it's done!

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