Carob is a delicious substitute for cocoa in brownie recipes.
Carob powder is naturally sweeter than cocoa powder, and is a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and selenium. Plus, you get the added benefit of no caffeine.
The biggest reason carob powder is healthy for you, is it is natural. Carob come from the pods of Carob trees and they are naturally sweet. Carob doesn’t undergo the extensive processing that cocoa or chocolate does to make it taste good. Carob doesn't have the additional sugar, corn syrups, chemicals, additives and processed chemicals like cocoa and chocolate.
Cocoa powder is a staple in many pantries, and is often used to flavor desserts. If you are sensitive to caffeine or concerned about the stimulant's effect on your ability to sleep, you may be concerned about consuming desserts made with cocoa powder. A good choice is to use carob powder for your brownie baking needs instead of the cocoa.
Look for roasted carob powder in health food stores and large grocery stores. Chatfield's carob powder is a popular good brand to use. You can substitute carob powder for all of your brownie recipes.
These carob dream brownies are richer than traditional chocolate brownies, but have all the health benefits of carob and none of the guilt from caffeine.
Carob dream brownies
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup of carob powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of apple juice
- 1/3 cup of chopped cashews
- Non stick cooking spray
- Combine flour, carob powder, and baking powder in a large bowl.
- In a separate large bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients, except the cashews.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Stir in the cashews.
- Pour the brownie batter into an 8 inch square baking pan, lightly oiled with non stick cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.