Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I Carob-out It

Carob (pronounced like: care-ob) powder is a chocolate substitute. Prior to trying it myself, I was convinced it was simply something used to make dog treats that look like chocolate but are suitable for dogs.

I got this container at Whole Foods last year.  It was about $5, and believe it... a little goes a long way.  It is much sweeter than cocoa powder at about 20 calories and 3 grams of sugar per tablespoon.

The great thing about carob is that it's vegan, and it really does have a different flavor than chocolate.  It can be mixed into recipes and hot drinks the same way as chocolate (start with a little at a time to account for sweetness!).  I have not tried it with regular milk, but it does go well with alternative milks.  On its own, at least in this powder form, it tastes kind of burn-y... if that's a good descriptor at all. :$

I will mention carob in a few of my future posts, so now you know what it is!

Oh, and did I mention it's caffeine-free? ;)

2 comments:

  1. yay for carob! i hope that by "mentioning carob" that means you will be posting some recipes. because i have a LARGE container that i need to start making some progress with.

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  2. Sounds really good. Can this be used as a substitute for cocoa powder, or do you think you would have to be a little careful to account for the sweetness? Would be interesting to try and incorporate some into my cookie baking!

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