Do you want to eat healthier and diversify your diet? Or offer your child tasty alternatives with controlled ingredients for commercial sweets? Carob powder may be the answer to your search!
The best intentions of each parent are sometimes hindered by unimportant details, such as lack of inspiration when it comes to new recipes in the kitchen. Because children and adults alike deserve to eat healthy and tasty, we still offer you some interesting recipes in which you can capitalize on the benefits of carob powder.
Do you remember how good the cup of cocoa milk from childhood was? Well, if you don't have the courage to give your child cocoa the night before bed – and you're good to go! – you can use this solution, much more "domestic" and without agitated side effects.
You can use cow's milk or you can opt for almond milk, the latter combining very well, as a flavor, with carob powder.
If you use almond milk, obviously you have to prepare it beforehand. For this you need a handful of almonds (about 20 seeds) and 200 ml of water. Let the almonds soak overnight, then put them in a blender with water and grind until they are completely crushed, following which the mixture is strained.
In the milk – regardless of its origin – add half a teaspoon of carob, a teaspoon of honey and a drop of cinnamon. Drink cold or warm, possibly with a muffin next to it.
Carob pudding pudding
This recipe has the advantage of being not only delicious, but also suitable from an early age, from the beginning of diversification, so you can enjoy it with your child. To prepare it, you need a quarter cup of brown rice, a quarter cup of millet, 2 teaspoons of carob powder and a well-ripened pear or a banana.
The rice is hydrated, washed and boiled in a cup of water. When it is half cooked, add the millet (necessarily peeled) and eventually add more water. When both grains are well cooked, add the carob, put the lid on and leave for a quarter of an hour or as long as necessary to cool.
The fruit you have chosen is passed well in the blender, until the paste phase. Then add, in the bowl, the mixture of rice and millet and strain, resulting in a thicker puree. It is consumed on the spot.
We know that you do not like the idea of giving your child commercial chocolate, proof that in the range of recipes with carob powder this is one of the most sought after. For a delicious dessert you need 1 packet of butter, 2 teaspoons of honey, 250g of powdered milk, a cup of almonds, a cup of nuts, a cup of raisins, 8 seedless dates and a spoonful of carob powder.
Melt the butter in a bain marie, let it cool a little and mix it with the honey, until it is perfectly homogenous. In this mixture add the carob powder, dried fruit and chopped walnuts. Once they are evenly distributed, add the powdered milk and mix well.
Choose a suitable tray, depending on the look you want to give the chocolate, and put the mixture in it. If you want, you can sprinkle it with coconut, for an extra flavor and a more convincing look. Leave it in the fridge for a few hours, after which it can be cut into the shapes desired by the consumer.
Carob cream with fruit
Carob cream is an unctuous, pleasant and healthy dessert, especially when you add carefully selected fruits. The variant we propose to you is one that vegans can also like, so we hope you like it.
You need half a liter of vegetable milk, 60g of finely ground rice, 4 teaspoons of maple syrup, a pinch of vanilla knife, 4 tablespoons of carob powder, 200g of vegetable cream and 2 bananas or 4 pears.
Boil the milk together with the rice flour. Boil for about 5 minutes – you will probably need to stir constantly – then leave to cool.
Once cooled, add the maple syrup, vanilla and carob powder to the cream obtained and incorporate well. Whip the cream and mix it in the composition, to give it a finer and more airy texture.
Cut the fruit into slices. Put, in transparent glasses for a more impressive visual effect, alternating layers of fruit and cream.
If you want to take things further, add extra flavor and have a suitable decoration at hand, you can mix a tablespoon of sesame seeds with a tablespoon of cane sugar, which you will fry together in a frying pan, no oil. You can use the mixture obtained to decorate the dessert, but you can also add a layer of sesame among the layers of fruit.
Carob cake is an easy and quick recipe, ideal for beginners or for moments when you do not have much time, when carob powder proves its quality as a substitute for cocoa.
You need 80g carob flour, 140g wholemeal flour, 90g sugar (here it depends on you how sweet you want the cake to come out, you can eliminate it completely and you can only rely on the sweet taste of carob), 180 ml milk, 60g butter, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and lemon juice. If you want to give it a special look, you have to prepare yourself to prepare a glaze without 100g of dark chocolate and 80 ml of whipped cream, or, even better, you can prepare a carob cream.
Boil 60 ml of milk which is then poured over the carob flour and mix. Mix the butter with the sugar and vanilla until a cream results; add the mixture with carob flour in the composition. Pour in the rest of the milk, add the flour, baking powder and baking soda with lemon juice.
Once the resulting dough is perfectly homogeneous, you will put it in the form of baking, pre-lined with paper, and you will bake it at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Apply the glaze, or consume it in the form of a pandispan, depending on the shape in which you baked it. Or you can serve it with vanilla ice cream, which will enhance its taste.