Superfood Spotlight: Raw Carob Powder

Post 41 CarobYes, it’s another post about food, because you know how much I L-O-V-E my food! It used to be for me that the thought of eating carob was right on par with blending up ashes and water and then drinking it. Yuck! This because whenever I would try it in the past (usually in the form of carob chips), it always tasted to me like something trying to masquerade as chocolate with a burnt favor. Ugh! Needless to say, I was not anxious to go near it again anytime soon.

But, recently, I had a change of heart when I was introduced to raw carob powder. Thank you, Scott Jurek! If you don’t know about him, Scott Jurek is unarguably one of foremost ultra-runners in the world. He mentioned in his book, Eat and Run, that if you don’t like carob, it’s because you haven’t tried raw carob. Now I was doubtful, but I decided I would give it a try. I got some raw carob powder by Sunfood on vitacost.com. Oh my goodness! This is my new utter favorite. It tastes chocolate-ish with a mellow caramel flavor and best of all, no bitter, burnt taste at all! Not only am I hooked on it, so is my husband!

Carob powder is made from the long bean-like pods of the carob tree, a flowering evergreen shrub which is native to the Mediterranean. Today, it’s also grown in the USA in warmer climes like Florida and the southwest. I consider it a superfood because of its incredible nutritional properties. It is high in fiber, a good source of calcium, and has B vitamins, potassium and iron. It’s also low in fat and it does not contain stimulants like the caffeine and theobromine in chocolate that bothers some people.

And boy is it versatile! You can use the carob powder just as you would use cocoa powder.  Here’s one my favorite recipes that I created:

Tracy’s Un-Coffee

1 Tbsp. Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage (the best coffee substitute, in my opinion!)

1 Tbsp. Sunfood Raw Carob Powder

6 oz. hot water

6 oz. Almond Milk (CLICK HERE to learn how to make your own)

  1. Froth the almond milk in a milk frother. If you do not have one, simply heat the almond milk in a pan on the stove.
  2. Heat the water (I prefer to do this on the stove in a pan, but you can use your microwave if it’s easier)
  3. Place the Dandy Blend and the raw carob power in a 12 oz. coffee mug
  4. Stir the hot water into the contents of the mug until smooth.
  5. Add the hot almond milk

You can also add sweetener if you prefer, but I find that it does not need it.

Both the Dandy Blend and the Sunfood raw carob powder (shown below) can be found at vitacost.com.

Post 41 DB Carob photo

So, give raw carob powder a try. I must warn you, though, it is addicting! To your good health!

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