Carob chips and carob powder are wonderful to use in healthy baking. They can be used instead of chocolate and/or a combination of chocolate. In being a mommy of a two year old and a three year old, I have the natural desire to want to bake sweet treats for my little pumpkins, but I have NO desire to give them sugary chocolate that is unhealthy for them and carob is a wonderful, healthy alternative.
Why Bake With Carob Chips and/or Carob Powder?
If you are not familiar with carob, it is a powder that is ground for the pods of carob trees. Carob is naturally sweet, unlike cocoa that chocolate is made out of. In order to make chocolate sweet it has to be processed with sugars and chemicals and carob does not.
Health Benefits of Carob Chips and Carob Powder
CAROB: 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 chocolate does to make it taste good. Carob therefore doesn’t have the additional sugar, corn syrups, chemicals, additives and processed chemicals that chocolate does.
And there is more………………!
- Carob is caffeine free (great for kids)
- Carob does not have theobromine, the stimulant that is harmful to dogs and cats.
- Carob aids with digestion and is thought to help prevent lung cancer.
- Carob is used to stop diarrhea. (An old remedy and great to use with kids)
- Carob is high in calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E which is good for your skin and bones.
- Carob has anti-viral and anti bacterial properties that can help keep kids healthy. (This is a result of the gallic acid that is in carob)
Do Kids Like Carob Chips and Carob Powder in Baked Treats?
My kids LOVE carob to the point that carob chips were actually used as their “potty training treat.”
I put carob chips and carob powder in so many things including carob chip peanut butter cookies, carob brownies, carob chip cookies, chocolate banana phyllo dough with carob chips, carob chip blueberry muffins, carob muffins, carob latte’s for mommy, carob ice cream and carob whipping cream. I must admit that my carob baked treats can be SO good by anyone’s standards. I particularly like the taste of carob chips, and often use them in my healthy baking recipes. Just go to the search box and type in “carob” to see all the recipes.
So for all you healthy living mommies who want to bake delicious sweet treats for your little ones, try using carob powder, carob chips, unsweetened cocoa and grain sweetened chocolate chips as a substitute for “sugar processed chocolate” and feel good that your kiddos are eating healthy treats.
Don’t forget, it is recommended to store carob powder in the fridge! Enjoy!