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Have you tried carob flour? Not to be confused with cacao powder, this interesting flour alternative has some unique characteristics worth exploring in the kitchen from both a flavour and nutritional perspective.
What is Carob Flour?
Carob comes from a pod of a tree of the same name, which is native to the Mediterranean. The ripe pods contain a sweet pulp that is dried, roasted, and then ground into a powder, otherwise known as carob flour.
In cake batters, carob flour performs just like other flours.
Carob vs Chocolate
Unlike cocoa powder, carob flour contains virtually no fat, so it will perform differently to cacao in cooking in the sense that it won't melt or burn.
Carob powder is less bitter than chocolate and naturally sweet flavour as well as being caffeine-free and high in fibre.
Carob can be substituted for chocolate powder in equal parts.
What are the nutritional benefits of carob powder?
Carob is rich in Calcium, Vitamin A and B and minerals.
Now you're convinced about this alternative baking solution, why not try giving it a go in a selection of recipes and try baking carob flour into spiced carob cookies to carob banana bread to a creamy carob pudding instead.
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