Made from the dried fruit of the carob tree, carob powder is an all natural sweet tasting alternative to cocoa powder. Carob trees are now grown all over the world although originally were grown by the ancient Greeks. Carob is similar in flavor to chocolate but tastes sweeter r. The powder’s texture is a lot like cocoa powder. It is best used when added to desserts, drinks, and baked recipes.
One of its great advantages is that due to its natural sweetness there is no need to add additional sweeteners to it. Interestingly carob powder does not contain high levels of the dog and cat toxic compound theobromine, making it a safe treat to give to your four legged friends.Generally considered safe to eat, carob powder should not be consumed in large quantities by pregnant women.
Specifically, carob powder is made from the dried pulp of the carob pod (after discarding the inedible seeds). Once the pulp has been dried it is roasted and then ground into powder that has a texture similar to cocoa powder.
Carob powder can be used as a chocolate or cocoa substitute in any recipe. When doing so, you may need to cut down on the amount of sugar specified as the natural sweetness of carob will sweeten the taste. As a broad rule of thumb you should substitute about three tablespoons of carob powder for each square ounce of chocolate.
Some great ways to make use of raw organic carob powder in your daily diet are to:
Use carob powder to naturally sweeten smoothies
Use it as a topping on ice cream or yoghurt by sprinkling the powder over the top
Try the powder to make a hot drink as an alternative to hot chocolate
Use it to make brownies, pancakes or any other type cake
The benefits of using carob powder are summarised below;
Low fat substitute for chocolate, Carob powder contains virtually no fat although it does contain some sugar. To illustrate this -1 cup of carob powder contains 51 grams of sugar and under one gram of fat. By contrast 1 cup of choc chips has 50 grams of fat and 92 grams of sugar,
Low salt content
Contains high levels of calcium
Has no oxalates (Cocoa and chocolate do which prevents the absorption of calcium
Gluten and caffeine free
Excellent source of antioxidants
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