Carob pods and carob powder

What Is Carob Powder?

Carob powder is a cocoa powder alternative made from the carob tree. It’s a natural sweetener often used to sweeten candies and cookies, but it has a slightly unique taste. It can be substituted 1-to-1 in recipes for cocoa powder. Carob powder is a bit healthier than cocoa powder, although they both taste very similar to chocolate (most chocolate is made from cocoa powder). The most significant benefit of the carob powder is that it is naturally sweet, so, when making your favorite recipes, you don’t need to add as much, or any, sugar.

Carob is typically less bitter than chocolate and may have a roasted, slightly nutty flavor. Carob is naturally high in fiber, and it is caffeine free. Plus, it’s safe for your dogs. Chocolate and the theobromine found in it are toxic to dogs and cats. Carob does not contain any of this, so your pets can have a carob powder treat. Even though it’s safe, many veterinarians recommend not feeding carob to your pets because it could cause them to develop a taste for chocolate. They can mistake real chocolate for the carob treats and that causes problems.

You can use carob in many of the same ways you would cocoa powder. It can be added to smoothies or mixed into delicious desserts. You can make a hot carob drink, similar to hot chocolate. It can be used for dusting fruit for a slightly nutty and chocolatey flavor (it’s awesome on strawberries). If you’re new to using carob, most chefs recommend mixing half and half carob and cocoa until you get used to the unique flavor. Carob is much healthier than cocoa, as it is:

  1. Low fat & low carb

Low fat isn’t so much of a concern on the Hallelujah diet, but we want to keep our added sugars and carb intake low. Because there’s no added sugar to carob, it’s a great alternative when you want a slightly sweet flavor.

  1. High in calcium

Collection of dried fruitsCarob contains 42 mg of calcium in 2 tablespoons of the powder. This isn’t much, and it isn’t going to make a huge difference for your intake, but it’s an incredibly high amount of calcium for the serving size. Plus, carob powder has no oxalates, so this calcium is readily absorbed.

  1. Good for your cholesterol

A study on carob powder found that the antioxidant polyphenols found in the insoluble fibers of carob help lower LDL cholesterol in people. Plus, in those two tablespoons of carob powder we mentioned earlier, there’s also 0.35 mg of iron, 6 mg of magnesium (super important), 99 mg of potassium, and trace amounts of riboflavin and niacin.

  1. A bowel movement stabilizer

Carob is rich in tannins, similar to wine tannins or the polyphenols used to protect plants, and tannins give an astringent feel to foods and wine. Research has found this tannin helps keep our bowels moving without harsh laxatives. It’s a natural remedy for diarrhea and may be safe for treating diarrhea in infants and toddlers.

  1. High in antioxidants

There are over 24 antioxidant compounds found in carob. They consist primarily of gallic acid and flavonoids. This gallic acid is a potent free radical scavenger and is shown in some studies to kill cancer cells. Other research has demonstrated carob flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective components.

When to Use Carob Powder

If you’re a fan of chocolate, and you are giving it up to be on the Hallelujah diet, carob powder is a great substitute. It can give you the satisfaction of the taste without any of the drawbacks of real cocoa or chocolate. We recommend using it mixed into your juices and to use it as a condiment on various fruits. If you have any recipes using carob powder, we welcome you to share them in the comments below. Since carob is naturally sweet, it can help reduce your need for sugar, too.

A word of warning: Pregnant women should avoid using carob powder in large quantities. Although generally considered safe, some pregnant women have had adverse reactions to using carob powder during pregnancy. We recommend being safe and keeping your use of carob powder low if you are pregnant.

Chocolate (Carob) Mousse topped with Almond in glassesTry this recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 piece ginger
  • 3 tablespoons carob powder
  • 2 cups milk alternative
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cardamom

Directions

Heat ginger and milk alternative in a pot at a low simmer for 5 minutes. Add carob powder and stir until incorporated.

Pour into individual mugs, adding honey, cinnamon, and cardamom. Let sit a few minutes to cool. Top with more carob or cinnamon powder before serving.

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14 comments

  1. carolyn b. calhoun

    Thanks for all the positive aspects of using the carob powder. Surprised at all the positive uses with the carob powder, and it’s even safe for,the dogs! Appreciate the recipie for the drink made with the carob powder. Sounds good for a cold winter night!

  2. I love carob, but everywhere i found it, it tastes nothing like chocolate. I prefer to just look at it as its own thing.
    If you go into thinking it tastes like chocolate you will be disappointed.

  3. Didn’t realize Carob powder had so many great benifits. Thanks for the information and recipe.

  4. Carob is excellent stirred into almond butter.

  5. This was great to read about all the different things about the carob powder. It taste pretty good too. I have to agree with my co worker about the recipe with the carob powder in a drink. Th anks for the information.

  6. Isn’t it true that carob has a relatively high fiber content? The nutrition label on the container of carob, that I have, claims 27% of the DV of fiber, in 1 tablespoon.If so, why wasn’t that mentioned in this article?

  7. Thanks for the information and the recipe! It’s always good to have healthy treat ideas with little ones at home.

  8. Thanks for publishing the article. I’ve used carob occasionally for for 40 years,, and actually prefer it to chocolate.
    I am wondering however, why the HD carob powder has 4 gm s of sodium and yet it’s not listed at all in the ingredients. Why would there be sodoum in the producr at all? Please clarify.
    Thanks!

  9. I personally LOVE carob. Growing up on the standard american diet, chocolate was one of those things that I wasn’t addicted to, like some people I know, but I did enjoy it occasionally. I developed an allergy to caffeine as an adult, so it’s the closest thing I can have that reminds me of chocolate.

  10. Here’s an excellent carob fudge recipe. It’s been awhile since I’ve made it so I might have the portions wrong. Mix 1/2 cup of almond butter with 3/4 cup of honey. Then stir in 1 cup of carob powder. If it’s too dry add more honey. Then add in nuts and/ or raisins and let set over night.

  11. The above recipe looks good. I love to use Hallelujah Diet raw carob powder. It is not bitter like the cooked carob is. It is a real treat for me to make a pudding with the carob powder. Since I haven’t had chocolate for a long time, the carob is a great substitute and I don’t miss the chocolate.

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