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cmoore
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 4:53am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Carob ... So this is a superfood for me.

I mixed a nice cup of hot carob powder with a some almond milk and water, sweetened it with stevia, mixed in some cinnamon and not only was it very tasty but Ill be darned if it didn't clear my sinuses wow... WTH.... how does that work ..... I love it!

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great stuff in carob.....look up the components....

some of its benefits are stated here
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP063

helps our gut among other actions

you heal the gut, you heal most things bothering you....that s a fact


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I do keep saying that I just LOVE carob!!


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great thread.

I hadn't realized that carob is so healthy. It's a diamond for me.  

I notice the Carob extract Dr D sells has dutch cocoa powder in it. Chocolate is a temporary avoid for me.  

Can't help but wonder if there is any dif in Cocoa powder and Chocolate? Just terms? or maybe processing?  Not a big deal really - just wondering.  
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purlgirl....

FYI

What is the difference between chocolate and cocoa?
Cacao trees
Cocoa is the fruit of the cacao tree. There are around fifteen different types, including the Criello, the Forastero and the Trinidario. Six tropical countries account for almost 80% of world production: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia, Cameroon and Nigeria. The cacao tree produces large fruits, pods, containing the cocoa beans. Machetes are used to harvest the pods in November.

Chocolate contains a minimum of 35% cocoa components.

Processing of the beans
The pods are broken open and the beans are fermented for three to four hours before being left to dry in the sun for three weeks. This is the time the cocoa beans develop their typical taste. The beans are then shipped to Belgium, where they are processed in various ways. After cleaning the beans are roasted and skinned. The kernels are ground, which releases the cocoa mass (mixture of cocoa powder and cocoa butter). Then the different ingredients (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, soya lecithin) needed to obtain the type of chocolate are put in the mixer (conching) to produce what is known as couverture chocolate.

Manufacturers
In Belgium there are two major couverture chocolate manufacturers supplying the various markets (ice-cream makers, chocolate makers, confectioners). These are Barry-Callebaut, which has the largest production plant in the world, and Belcolade, which is part of the Puratos group. Also deserving of a mention is Côte d'or, which turns cocoa into chocolate only for its own needs.

Chocolate varieties
The taste of the chocolate depends on the mixture of cocoa beans from different sources, each of which have their own qualities. There are more than 500 kinds of couverture chocolate, forming three main families: dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.


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cmoore,  how much carob powder do you use? Lin


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Chloe   - thanks for the very interesting article  
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Love it too!  Try it with honey and almond milk like a hot cocoa.  Even nicer replace honey with a teaspoon of molasses.  Kazaaam!


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Carob is so sweet on its own, I often find I don't need to add any sweeteners at all. Chocolate is naturally more bitter, so I usually have that with blackstrap molasses. I'm not allowed stevia or honey, though I do use agave sometimes.


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Thanks for this thread. I have now mastered making a carob/almond milk and agave hot drink, it's very good and fills that need that hot chocolate used to fill!


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I make a carob slice for my man, and he snacks on it every second day, as he needs to gain weight.
I invented a recipe which I can post if anyone needs it.
Also, when we were travelling a couple of years ago we found mature carob trees in a park in Central New South Wales, (Aust). and I've just germinated half a dozen of the seeds, hoping they will survive in my cold climate. They have leaves quite similar to avocados which I also germinate for decorative use in pots (plant half a dozen in one pot). If I find that the carobs won't survive in the winter here, I will also put them all in one decorative pot, and have a pretty 'shrub' for my covered verandah.



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Carob is a diamond for me.  It is less likely to keep me up at night compared to cocoa.  But I find cocoa tastes better.  Has anyone tried a hot carob drink without the almond milk?  
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Quoted from Jenny
I make a carob slice for my man, and he snacks on it every second day, as he needs to gain weight.
I invented a recipe which I can post if anyone needs it.
Also, when we were travelling a couple of years ago we found mature carob trees in a park in Central New South Wales, (Aust). and I've just germinated half a dozen of the seeds, hoping they will survive in my cold climate. They have leaves quite similar to avocados which I also germinate for decorative use in pots (plant half a dozen in one pot). If I find that the carobs won't survive in the winter here, I will also put them all in one decorative pot, and have a pretty 'shrub' for my covered verandah.


Jenny, I'd like that slice recipe if you have time to post it please! Carob is a diamond for me and I have nearly a kilo of organic carob powder at home.

Thanks in advance!

Andy


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Yes Jenny - please share    
It's a diamond for me as well, and I've been tinkering with it but can't figure out what I'm lacking to make it truly appealing.
I remember realling loving it when Trader Joe's sold carob bars years ago. Of course they would be out of the question now - with all that sugar and whatnot...


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Here goes.......this was created essentially for an O type, but is pretty adaptable and useable by others.
Prepare a very large loaf pan with two layers of bake paper to make sure that all sides are protected.
Plan to heat oven to 150 degrees,
  
4 cups frozen red or black currants, or other tinned fruit as appropriate to taste and type
4 cups of carob powder (that's two packets the way I purchase them)
1 cup each millet and rice flours
good oil, 2 tablespoons
agave syrup  half a cup
water 2 cups
4 eggs
pinch salt

Mix all together, being careful not to add the eggs to the frozen fruit in the first instance as they will curdle.

Cover pan with a tight layer of alfoil and cook for 2 hours in middle of oven,  then leave to cool down with heat turned off for another 2 or 3 hours. When totally cool, invert and slice for future use. I pack them in plastic containers, and they last in the fridge for several weeks.Best not to slice whilst still warm as it can break easily. If you prefer to cook in two smaller cake pans, you can reduce the cooking time to 1 and a half hours, but it is best to rotate the pans half way.



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Thanks Jenny! A great idea!!! Sounds so lovely.  


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Thanks Jenny, sounds lovley - I can't wait to give it a go!

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Thanks Jenny - I'll have to give it a try  


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thanks for doing that ABJoe, what a buzz..I had no idea it was such  a universal dish as I specifically created it for one very idiosyncratic individual.
ps 150 degrees is medium to lowish heat.. depends what system you are on, faranheit or celcius.



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ps 150 degrees is medium to lowish heat.. depends what system you are on, faranheit or celcius.

Were you saying 150C - if so, it should be about 300F - about where breads are baked.


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According to Dr. D, carob helps with nervous exhaustion. Tastes good too.
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Thanks Jenny, sounds lovley - I can't wait to give it a go!

Andy


I agree!   Been wondering how to incorporate my diamond carob as well.

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Quoted from ABJoe

Were you saying 150C - if so, it should be about 300F - about where breads are baked.

Apologies for my confusing information...yes, we work in Celsius in this part of the globe




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Jenny  the recipe sounds wonderful.

I don't have Agave -   do you think 1/2 cup honey would work ? (do I need to inc or decrease amt?)
Also no Millet flour.   I do have Quinoa, Sorghum & Teff  - would one of these work?

I could get Agave & Millet but they are neutral - it would be nice to use all diamond/bennies

Mark -- "According to Dr. D, carob helps with nervous exhaustion..."   Good to hear that.
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