Delicious carob recipes are becoming more popular.
Carob treats can provide outstanding nutrition, as well as delicious flavor! Nowadays it's easy to buy carob too. Are you familiar?
Carob is often used as a substitute for chocolate. Are you familiar with carob? Or need some excellent recipes? Well we have great information here.
Carob comes from the brown pod of the carob tree and is found in the Middle East. It is highly nutritious in vitamins and minerals, and is great to include in elderly nutrition snacks. It has also been known as the locust bean, or just locust. Eating locust and honey was also mentioned in the bible.
Using natural and healthy honey along with carob would indeed make a highly nutritious combination. Especially for dessert! We’re all looking for more healthy desserts, especially if our loved ones have elderly issues causing dietary problems, or if they need a nutritional boost.
Carob is naturally sweet, so I use less sweetener in my carob recipes. You can find it in the stores as powder (similar to coco powder), as carob chips (similar to chocolate chips), or in syrup form.
When we lived in Kuwait, I bought the fresh, dried carob beans in the market. I then washed and dried them, ground them in my electric grinder myself, and made my own carob powder. This is a laborious task – it took about two hours to prepare and grind one cup of carob powder. But it was certainly an interesting experience!
Besides the recipes below, you can also take a look at our main dessert page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes
to see how you can modify them with carob.
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Our Carob Recipes
Here are a few really good carob recipes that my family loves. Especially the first one.
No-Bake Carob Yummies
This is a yummy family recipe (one of my kids’ favorites, and my elderly father too) using carob chips instead of chocolate chips. This recipe calls for carob chips, which can be found in the natural foods section. It also calls for honey (raw honey is best) or pure maple syrup as a sweetener. I’ve made it both ways, and personally prefer the maple syrup.
2 cups of carob chips
½ cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
2 Tablespoons of milk
4 Tbsp butter
3 cups oatmeal
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are great)
Grease an 8x8 cake pan with butter; glass is preferable for cutting and removing the bars later. Melt the following together slowly in a sauce pan (double boiler is best): carob chips, honey or syrup, milk, butter.
Put the oatmeal in a large mixing bowl. When the wet ingredients are melted and stirred together, add the mix to the oats. Then the nuts. Mix well. Press into a greased pan. Cut into squares while still warm. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. This is one of my unique healthy snack recipes – and is still one of the favorites of my grown kids. They ask me to make it every Christmas.
Chilled Carob Cream Pie
3/8 cup of carob powder
8 oz cream cheese
3/8 cup honey
1 cup Half-and-Half
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup water
I package of gelatin
Blend everything together except the gelatin and water. Prepare the gelatin according to instructions. Basically, in a small pan, sprinkle the packet over ¼ cup cold water and let it sit for a minute. Then stir over low heat until totally dissolved.
Add this into the above mixture, along with the other ¼ cup cold water, and blend in well. Pour mixture into the pie shell. Chill until set. Top with whipped cream, if desired. It’s also delicious with ice cream. This carob recipe makes a really good healthy dessert.
½ cup honey or maple syrup
½ cup oil
Add in order:
3/8 teaspoon salt
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup carob powder
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or regular flour)
½ Tablespoon baking powder
Lastly, add in 1 cup chopped nuts.
Bake at 350 F degrees in a greased pan for 25 minutes or so. A very yummy carob recipe!
Carob Frosting or Dip
This carob recipe for frosting is delicious on the brownies, above! It also makes a great dip for fresh and dried fruit, or nuts (fondue style).
Blend all ingredients smoothly together:
2 Tablespoons butter
¾ cup non-instant milk
¼ cup carob powder
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
4 Tbspn milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Yes, you can use carob on S'mores instead of chocolate. Do this either one of two ways: by using a carob candy bar (as you would a chocolate bar), or by using the frosting recipe above.
you probably know, S'mores are often made around a campfire or even
home fireplace in the winter time. You only need a few ingredients...
* Carob bar, or frosting (instead of chocolate)
* Marshmallows (you can get natural types in a natural food store)
* Graham crackers (including natural)
* OR a flat cookie of your choice (like ginger)
See our page all about how to make S'mores the gourmet way! You'll get lots of ideas on making your carob S'mores especially delicious, and use them as easy elderly activities too.
If you're using a carob candy bar, make the S'mores as usual, by roasting the marshmallows, then layering in on a graham cracker (or cookie), topped with your carob square.
If you're using the carob frosting,
spread it on the graham cracker (or cookie) first, then place the
roasted marshmallow on top.
Carob Microwave Cake -- in a Mug
of our readers submitted a fabulous and easy microwave cake recipe with
an option for using carob powder instead of cocoa. This takes just
three minutes to bake. And about five minutes to put together. And it's a
real cake from scratch. This is also a really good elderly activity. For those of you wanting natural and healthy
ingredients, and perhaps a sugar substitute, there are options for those
as well. One of the unique carob recipes. Go to Microwave Cake.
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