When it comes to how chocolate can be made, the average consumer usually thinks of one thing: cocoa beans. While cocoa-based chocolate is what you’re likely to find in the chocolate bars at your supermarket checkout, there are actually different ways of achieving that familiar chocolaty taste so many adore. Carob, for instance, is a substance that comes from the pods of Fabaceae tree, a member of the pea family. We know what you’re thinking – how could something off of a pea tree possibly produce a taste akin to chocolate? Well, friends, not only is it possible, it’s delicious!
There are carob chips, powders, and syrups for adding into your baked goods and cooking, and carob has actually gotten so popular that some companies are even using it as a healthy chocolate alternative in their snacks and sweets. Whether you’re interested in carob out of curiosity, as a healthier chocolate alternative, or because you’re allergic to chocolate, there is likely a carob product out there that suits your tastes. Here are 10 carob sweets and treats to get you started!
Chatfield's All Natural Carob Powder
Hot chocolate is a wintertime favorite. If you want to make yours a little healthier this winter, consider swapping out cocoa powder for Chatfield’s All Natural Carob Powder. This product is made from one ingredient: natural roasted carob powder. It is gluten-free, caffeine-free, and non-GMO. Reviewers have been using this product in all sorts of ways in the kitchen. In addition to making hot chocolate, people have been adding this powder to smoothies, using it as a chocolate replacement while baking, and mixing it with coconut oil to make chips or a spread. To see what you can make with it, you can get one 16-ounce can for a little under $5.
Landau Carob Rice Cakes
For a chocolatey treat that won’t completely negate a day of healthy eating, check out Landau Carob Rice Cakes. These brown rice cakes are coated in carob flour and dehydrated cane juice and contain no artificial preservatives, flavors, or colors. Each serving (one rice cake) has 115 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, eight grams of sugar, and one gram of protein. Reviewers are saying that these rice cakes are delicious, “nice and crispy,” and great for people with chocolate allergies. You can get 12 five-ounce boxes for $49.
Missy J's Peanut Butter Carob Cup
Chocolate and peanut butter, the quintessential flavor pairing. Enjoy a guilt-free version of the traditional peanut butter cup with Missy J’s Peanut Butter Carob Cup. This non-GMO treat is made from vegan carob chips, peanut butter, coconut sugar, coconut oil, brown rice syrup, brown rice, dry roasted peanuts, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Reviewers are loving these cups calling them delicious, “the perfect replacement” for those allergic to chocolate, addicting, and undeniably healthy. To see if you feel the same, you can get a pack of 12 for about $27.
Plamil Carob Confection
Plamil Carob Confection is a no frills carob-based “chocolate” bar that is made from three ingredients: cocoa butter, carob, and sugar. Specifically, the bar contains 10 percent added sugar (that’s about 30 percent of the added sugar in a 70 percent cocoa chocolate bar, according to the company). Reviewers are saying that this bar is tasty and smooth, although a bit on the expensive side. You can get one 45-gram bar for $9.
GoMacro Almond Butter and Carob Bars
Carob also lends a wonderful chocolaty taste to energy bars without actually being chocolate. GoMacro Almond Butter and Carob Bars for instance, are made from organic brown rice syrup, organic almond butter, organic puffed brown rice, organic carob powder, and organic coconut oil. Reviewers are raving about these bars, reporting that they delicious, energizing, “satisfyingly chewy,” convenient, and healthy. You can get a pack of 12 two-ounce bars for about $30.
Eden Foods Carob Soy Milk
People find chocolate milk pretty tasty, but it’s not exactly the most healthy beverage. That is unless you’re it’s Eden Foods Carob Soy Milk. This chocolaty non-dairy milk is made from eight ingredients: purified water, organic soybeans, naturally malted organic wheat and barley extract, organic carob powder, carob extract, calcium carbonate, kombu seaweed, and sea salt. One serving of this beverage (eight fluid ounces) is 170 calories and provides seven grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this beverage is lighter than chocolate milk, not quite as sweet but rather more refreshing. You can get one 32-ounce container for a little under $5.
Hoosier Hill Farm Carob Drops
While there are vegan chocolate chips on the market, if you want something a little healthier, consider checking out Hoosier Hill Farms Carob Drops. These carob chips are made from sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil (not to be confused with palm oil), carob powder, and soy lecithin. Reviewers are saying that these chips are “just the right sweetness,” work well in baked goods, and apparently taste “just like regular chocolate chips.” Just be careful about ordering these chips during hot weather, some reviewers said their chips got a bit stuck together likely from heat. You can get one one-pound bag for about $10.50.
Alwadi Al Akhdar Carob Molasses
Most people know about molasses, viscous by-product of refining sugar cane or sugar beets into sugar, but did you know that you can also make carob molasses? Alwadi Al Akhdar Carob Molasses is a natural sweetener made from pure carob that, according to reviewers, can be pretty much added to everything for a touch of sweetness. Reviewers describe the taste of this molasses as earthier than regular molasses with a slight cocoa taste and have been adding this sweetener to baked goods, smoothies, coffee, oatmeal, ice cream, and even with pita bread and savory dishes. To try it for yourself, you can get a pack of three 24.75-ounce jars for $18.50.
WinCrest Bulk Foods Carob Covered Peanuts
Fan of chocolate covered peanuts? Switch things up with WinCrest Bulk Foods Carob Covered Peanuts. This sweet treat is made from peanuts, sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, carob powder, lecithin, vanilla, salt, and confectioner’s glaze. Reviewers are reporting that this sweet treat is great quality, has virtually the same taste and texture as the chocolate version, and is a great alternative for people who can’t have chocolate. You can get a one pound bag of these peanuts for $12.
Bob’s Red Mill Toasted Carob Powder
For a carob powder with a slightly richer taste, consider checking out Bob’s Red Mill Toasted Carob Powder. This product is made from one ingredient: toasted ground carob. One serving of this powder (two tablespoons) has 48 calories, seven grams of sugar, and zero grams of fat. Reviewers are reporting that the flavor of this powder is rich and smoky, is just the right amount of sweetness, tastes pretty much identical to chocolate in baked goods (at least to some reviewers) and is very affordable. You can get one 18-ounce bag for $8.
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Make Some Chocolatey Carob Treats
Ready to make some carob treats? While some carob products include one or two recipes, here at One Green Planet, we have amassed so many carob delicacies, we have a whole dedicated carob section!
If you’re looking for something indulgent, try out this Raw Peanut Butter and Carob Fudge, these Raw Carob Caramel Cups, or these Cookie Brownies studded with carob chips. If you want something a little lighter, try out these Quick Sugar-Free Carob Bites, these Crunchy Raw Protein Balls, or these Fig and Carob Muffins.
For more ideas check out these 15 Desserts Made with Cacao and Carob or just check out the carob section!