In Love with Carob

I was snooping through my daughter's "Spanish Culture" workbook the other day, trying to learn about our new home myself and I noticed the photo of a very familiar tree on the main native plants page, it was Carob! and it turns out we are surrounded by this beauty! In fact, there are a bunch of them on our daily walk to school every day. This was a big discovery for me since I thought Mesquite was the only species of Carob, we've been eating it for years in the form of dried powder (mixed into our smoothies, breakfast mixes and chocolate). I couldn't wait to learn more! So the very next day, right after pick up, we collected tons of dried pods from the trees and started our "Carob Flour Project". We watched a bunch of YouTube videos and a few days later, we enjoyed our very first Carob Cake! Anya and Zaya's favourite part was the stone grounding and separating the seeds from the pods, and of course… the CAKE!

I am absolutely hooked on this new flavour since I discovered how abundant it is in this part of the world. My eyes light up every time I see a tree and the "free wild food" aspect is even more tempting. We have free Carob Flour for life! 

Health benefits:

  • Mineral rich food (Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Selenium). Specially rich in Potassium, Iron and Calcium
  • Rich in Vitamins A and B
  • Alkalizing food, balances body pH
  • Rich in Soluble Fiber (Reduces the absorption of Cholesterol, decreases the movement of glucose into the blood and delays stomach emptying)
  • Often used as an alternative to Chocolate for those with caffeine sensitivity
  • Gluten Free
Our daily walk to school, and hear it is! 

Our daily walk to school, and hear it is! 

Carob is native to the eastern Mediterranean, the ripe grounded pods from the Carob Tree taste like caramel and they have a deep brown color, which is why Carob has commonly been used as a common substitute for Cacao. It's normally available toasted but you can find the raw powder (ground from the pods), much higher in nutrients which is of course ideal!

Did you know that you can give raw carob pods, straight off the tree to a teething baby as a rusk to soothe their gums on? Some people call it Nature’s Candy Bar!
Carob Trees

Carob Trees

Carob Tree leaves

Carob Tree leaves

Dried Carob Pods

Dried Carob Pods

Flowering Carob

Flowering Carob

The odor is slightly cheesy because of its Isobutyric Acid content.
Stone grinding and seeding the pods, great squatting exercise!

Stone grinding and seeding the pods, great squatting exercise!

NEW CAROB RECIPES!

Raw Carob Flour 

Raw Carob Flour 

Recipe#1 - Carob Cake

Recipe#1 - Carob Cake

Recipe#2 - Raw Carob Snack Bites

Recipe#2 - Raw Carob Snack Bites

Recipe#3 -  Raw Carob Drink

Recipe#3 - Raw Carob Drink

#1Carob Cake

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 Cups Nut Mylk (Almond, Hazelnt, Coconut, Sunflower, Hemp)
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (or any Gluten Free if you prefer)
  • 1.5 Cups Carob Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Stevia Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Pinch of Salt

Preheat the oven at 350℃. Blend all the ingredients. Bake for 40 minutes.

#2Raw Carob Snack Bites

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Carob Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Grounded Mixed Seeds (Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Golden Flax)
  • 1 Tsp. Coconut Butter
  • 4 Pitted Dates

Mix all the ingredients. Make it into shapes. Decorate.

#3Raw Carob Drink

Blend the pitted pods with water. Sieve, chill and serve. 


SOURCES:

Photos by: The Mindful Sprout

Book: Superfoods The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe

Video: Is Carob Good for You?