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#1 of 11 Old 08-04-2002, 01:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
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what is it? is it healthier than chocolate? does it have caffeine? will you give it to your 2 1/2 olds ?
ds tasted chocolate a few months ago and of course loved it so I was wondering if carob would be healthier in any way??? and yes, for the mama too!!
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Hi Luma

I actually have a carob tree growing in my front garden, though I have no clue how to extract the carob from thepods!!

Carob is a healthy alternative to chocolate. I found this out about it also..

"Although this product has a slightly different taste than chocolate, it has only one-third the calories (total 1595 calories per pound), is virtually fat-free (chocolate is half fat), is rich in pectin, is nonallergenic, has abundant protein, and has no oxalic acid, which interferes with absorption of calcium. Consequently, carob flour is widely used in health foods for chocolate-like flavoring. A very fine polysaccharide gum--mucilaginous, odorless, tasteless, and colorless--can also be obtained from the pod and is now used in many products. There are also several putative medicinal uses of the plant, and singers formerly chewed the pod husks in the belief that this clears the throat and voice"

I'm not sure if it has caffeine. I should think if it hasn't that it would be perfectly ok for a 2 year old to eat it.
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I don't think carob has caffeine in it and I think it's supposed to be "healthy". Don't quote me on this. I thought I once *knew*.
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all of that sounds verrrry good to me!
thank you both
im gona try some next time and hope the toddler will approve!
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Ask at the health food store. (I'm assuming you can't get it a Walmart!) And there's gotta be info on the package. Can't get it here but put it on the list for our city shopping trip. Thanks for bringing this up. I *used* to enjoy carob.
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Carob powder itself is very high in calcium. It also seems to...uh...keep things moving along very nicely. It seems to have a laxative effect on us. I also find that when I make a cake with it, I am satisfied with eating a smaller portion because it is very filling (probably the fiber). I love it and use it in place of cocoa in every recipe.
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I guess you could make brownies with it then?
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No, carob does not have caffeine in it and it is naturally sweet, low in fat, and high in calcium.

I give DD carob chips for a snack sometimes. I like to rotate her snacks a bit.

Here's the carob brownie recipe I use from Cynthia Lair's book: "Feeding the Whole Family":

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup carob powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs, separated
2/3 cup concentrated fruit sweetener or maple syrup
1/3 cup cold-pressed vegetable oil, or melted, unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Cafix disolved in 1/4 cup hot water (a coffee substitute made from grains, figs and other natural ingredients - may substitute any coffee substitute available in your grocery/health food store)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, carob, salt and nuts; set aside.

Separate eggs into two bowls. Beat yolks with a whisk. Add sweetener, oil, Cafix in water and vanilla to bowl with yolks; mix well.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold whites into brownie mixture.

Pour into lightly oiled 8-by-8-inch pan. Bake 30-40 minutes.
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Sometimes refined sugar is added to it--like inferior stuff you find in GNC, though. Most health food stores have vegan carob. And you might want to be careful, I've heard many people say (and myself included) that it has a natural laxative effect...
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I would recommend Bob's Red Mill brand toasted carob powder - it's the best in my opinion. No refined sugars added or anything. Carob & Compliments is another good brand - it comes in a little canister.
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arriba arriba! cant wait to get some!!!
thanks for the recepie tessamami
we will be careful with the lax effect though!
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