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 of carob, 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.
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!
I have worked on changing a few recipes to include this ingredient and replace chocolate completely in some recipes….
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….
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”.
*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.
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.
*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.
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) 😉
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.
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.
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