What Is Carob And How Do You Use It?

I finally figured out that chocolate was the culprit that was causing my son to get headaches. I searched for an alternative and read about carob and how it is a popular substitute for chocolate. We made the switch and it worked! Let’s talk about what is carob and how do you use it?

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Carob Pods

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What Is Carob?

Carob comes from a tree in the legume family and is grown in the Mediterranean region. The pods contain pulp that is harvested, dried, and roasted then ground into powder. The powder is sold as carob powder or made into carob chips, similar to chocolate chips.

Carob powder and carob chips look and behave just like cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The difference is in the taste. Carob does not taste like chocolate. It has more of a toasted flavor, naturally sweet and less bitter than chocolate.

Carob Powder

Carob is caffeine free. This stimulant, which is in chocolate, can affect some people who are sensitive to caffeine. Since carob does not have this, it makes a great alternative. No more headaches for my son.

How Do You Use It?

Whether you are using carob powder or carob chips it is simply an even exchange from chocolate to carob.

Carob powder: 1 to 1 ratio

Carob Chips: 1 to 1 ratio

Baking Chocolate: 1 ounce baking chocolate = 3TBSP carob powder+ 1 TBSP water

Where Can I Buy It?

Carob Powder: The carob powder that I keep in my pantry is from Azure Standard. It has a very mild lightly roasted flavor which my family enjoys. Another brand is Anthony’s Carob Powder. This brand has a more robust roasted flavor and is darker in color.

Carob Chips: Unsweetened Carob Chips are my go-to for all of our baked goods that include carob chips.

Carob Recipes to Try:

No Bake Peanut Butter (Carob Crust) Cheesecake

Almond Flour Carob Cake

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Carob Chip Cookies

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