Chocolate. When the craving strikes, it’s almost impossible to find a substitute that satisfies as much as rich, velvety chocolate does. Almost. But, today’s post proves that even if chocolate has been removed from your diet (like it has been from mine), you can still enjoy a treat that is a close second to that dark, magical, chocolatey bliss!
Throughout my autoimmune protocol (AIP) journey, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what foods I’ve missed the most. And the first thing that always comes to mind is chocolate! I’ve tried to curb my chocolate longings with fruit desserts, coconut butter, coconut milk ice cream, and other AIP-approved treats, but it really wasn’t until I found carob powder that I was able to fill the chocolate void. In fact, my first experience with carob happened on my 32nd birthday, when my sweet mom made me a carob layer cake! I was in faux-chocolate heaven!
Now, let me just preface this recipe with a statement that carob is unique and doesn’t taste EXACTLY like chocolate. It’s actually a tad sweeter and has an almost prune-like smell. (It turned me off at first, but I promise it tastes better than it smells!) After baking with it, I can truly say that carob a great substitute for cocoa powder! Which brings me to my debut of my AIP Carob Banana Brownies! These delightful Paleo chocolate-like brownies are like a cross between banana bread and chocolate cake! Just a few bites of my fudgy, dense, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free bars will satisfy your chocolate cravings and not destroy your AIP diet! (Plus, it’s a perfect way to use up ripe bananas!)