Carob Recipes – the dark brown pod of the Mediterranean
I love searching for ingredients that are good for you, that you can easily sneak in place of something else and gain the health benefits. One I love is Carob, so I thought I would share four carob recipes I love, hopefully you will too!
Let’s face it…..something you can add that tastes like chocolate, or add it with chocolate and maintain the health benefits, pass the plate love.
I am not an advocate of eating the whole plate, but lets just say if you did – it would be better than say eating a whole bar of chocolate.
The benefits of Carob
Carob – the dark brown pod of the Mediterranean Ceratonia Siliqua tree, more commonly known as Carob has a great many health benefits.
It has high levels of fiber, vitamins A, E and B-12, it contains absolutely no caffeine and is also low in sugar and fats – and it tastes like chocolate. So wonderful if you want to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.
Carob Powder comes from finely ground, dried and toasted pods of the carob tree. That is a great big bonus in my world.
This is a great ingredient for those wanting to add something to your recipes to help lower cholesterol, help with digestive problems, help with eye health, maintain a glow in the skin and could help aid weight loss.
This poly-phenol rich food is one of natures wonders!
4 Carob Recipes
I have worked on changing a few recipes to include this ingredient and replace chocolate completely in some recipes….
1. Carob Mole Sauce
Yields 4 to 6 servings
My first is easy and a great addition to a few meals.
You can serve it for an every night dinner or build a great meal for entertaining. I am talking about a classic Mole sauce.
Served with Chicken, Beef or even Pork this sauce adds depth and richness….
- 2 teaspoons avocado or olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion
- 1 tablespoon carob powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried coriander/cilantro
- 2 cloves garlic minced finely
- 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
- small can or fresh diced green or red chilli’s
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat
- Add diced onion a cook till translucent add the garlic and saute another two minutes.
- In a separate bowl mix together the carob powder, cumin, cilantro/coriander, tomato sauce and green chilli’s.
- Mix this together in the saucepan with the onions and the garlic.
- Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Serve as you like over meats, rice or as a base sauce over fajitas.
2. Italian hot chocolate
Makes 2 servings
Next we have a great take on an Italian hot chocolate, thick and creamy goodness. Perfect for a night in front of the fire, or just a relaxing moment and one of my fave carob recipes.
You can also add cocoa or melted chocolate in addition to the carob, but the carob keeps the calories low.
You can also substitute sugar for honey but we are heading right back into that “ may as well slather the calories on area”.
- 3 tablespoons carob powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons honey
- 1 ½ cups milk or almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract
- Stir the carob powder and cornstarch into the honey to make a paste.
- Stir the paste into 1 and 1/2 cups milk and pour in saucepan.
- Place over low heat; slowly bring the mixture to a low simmer.
- Whisk continuously until the mixture starts to thicken to a “pudding consistency” about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Serve in your favorite mug or cup, add a scoop of fresh whipped cream.
*You can add cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or peppermint oil for a different version, or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for an Aztec treat.
Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes
Yield: 6 Servings
Moving on to another favorite part of any meal…dessert.
Although this recipe is rich and decadent it is a great carrier for the carob powder.
Yes, it does have some chocolate, you can vary the size of the chocolate balls you make and control how much chocolate you put in.
- 1 1/2 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cake flour or your choice of gluten free cup for cup flour
- 1/4 cup carob powder
- To make centers, melt 2 ounces of chocolate (1/2 a baking bar) and cream in double boiler.
- Whisk gently to blend.
- Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
- Form into 6 balls; refrigerate until needed.
- To make cake, heat oven to 400°F.
- Spray six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray.
- Melt 4 ounces of chocolate (1 baking bar) and butter in double boiler; whisk gently to blend.
- With an electric mixer, whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, and vanilla on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and light.
- Fold melted chocolate mixture, carob powder and flour into egg mixture just until combined.
- Spoon cake batter into ramekins.
- Place a chocolate ball in the middle of each ramekin.
- Bake about 15 minutes or until cake is firm to the touch.
- Let it sit out of the oven for about 5 minutes.
- Run a small, sharp knife around inside of each ramekin, place a plate on top, invert and remove ramekin.
- Garnish with raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream.
*To substitute for chocolate, use 3 Tbsp. Carob Powder and 1 tablespoon of water in place of each square of chocolate. This wont work as well for the chocolate balls in this recipe but as a rule for substituting in a recipe that does not require melting and re solidifying it works as a great replacement.
* Don’t have cake flour — make your own. Take one level cup of all purpose flour, take out two tablespoons, and then add back in two tablespoons of cornstarch. Be sure to sift the flour cornstarch mix a few times before using. This also works with the gluten free cup for cup flour.
Carob and Clay Face Mask
So you’ve used these carob recipes to cook a great meal, entertained and served up some scrumptious items.
It’s your turn now!
Kick back with a cuppa and lavish in carob goodness.
This is a great face mask you can also use it on your chest and back. (you will need help for the back) 😉
- Mix a teaspoon of dark Carob powder and a teaspoon of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay in water to form a smooth paste.
- This clay is great for pulling out impurities and the carob will add a dose of vitamin E.
- You can also mix in a little Jojoba oil if you have dry skin.
- Apply it evenly all over the face
- Leave it on for 15 minutes until it dries off completely
- Rinse with warm water and follow up with a good oil moisturizer.
- Now you or ready to face the world or the pillow – choice is yours.
Carob – A very versatile powder
Well as you can see this versatile superfood powder can be added to everything imaginable.
It’s vitamin packed goodness can be used from sweet to savory.
Use a little imagination on your own and come up with some different uses for this wonder powder. Just remember carob is twice as sweet as chocolate, so if you use it with sugar cut back a little on the sugar first.
Let us know
If you enjoyed these recipes do make sure you check out my other ‘recipes from the garden‘ using wonderfully yummy home grown ingredients
We’d love to know in the comments below if you give any of these carob recipes a try.
We love them! and really hope you do to…..