Calling all chocolate lovers! Let’s talk carob today. You may have spotted carob bars, flour and chips in health food markets. However, did you know that you can easily the use carob pods in a variety of ways? Don’t be intimidated by theses uniquely shaped pods. After learning about all carob has to offer, you’re going to want to get yourself familiarized with this fantastic ingredient.
Health enthusiasts love carob for its roasted cocoa-like flavor and often use it as a substitute for chocolate or coffee. Carob is caffeine-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. It is an excellent all-around ingredient for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth without sacrificing too many health benefits. Processing these high-fiber pods may look complicated but trust us when we say it’s anything but. Simply grind up the pods in a food processor or blender and use as a stand-in for cocoa powder. Or after grinding up the pods, mix with a little boiled water to make a sweet chocolatey syrup.
This week in Melissa’s Corporate Kitchen, our Chef’s Team put together this phenomenal carob butter. Not to toot our own horn but this beats out other dessert spreads any day. After all, it tastes pretty close to cookie butter, except with healthier ingredients. Win-win for all! The natural chocolatey undertones from the carob pods mixed with the nuttiness from the cashews and sunflower seeds make for one dynamite combination.
Use this carob butter as a spread over gluten-free toast or a dipper for finger foods. We tried it with sliced apples and the results were simply delectable!