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Dairy-Free, Cocoa-Free Carob Chocolates

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Valentine’s Day is full of temptation with so much chocolate in the shops. Unfortunately, with multiple food sensitivities, including dairy intolerance and a bad reaction to cocoa, I cannot eat chocolates any more. I was really missing them. I was put off trying some of the other “chocolate” recipes I have come across, as they seemed quite complicated. With a few minutes to spare while prepping for a Valentines Day dinner party, I decided to try my own version. I am so glad I did!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Chocolate is a delicious treat and for those who cannot tolerate cacao, carob is a great substitute. Carob is high in antioxidants thanks to the polyphenols it contains and it has been shown to lower cholesterol. It is also high in calcium and in selenium a mineral important for overall health that’s not so easy to find. Without using simple sugars, this is an excellent treat!

By Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN

Dairy-Free, Cocoa-Free Carob Chocolates

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:20-30 mins
  • Servings: 12

Ingredients

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons organic carob powder

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in a saucepan.
  2. Take off the heat and add sifted carob powder, syrup and vanilla powder.
  3. Pour into silicone moulds and set in the freezer for at least 20 – 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from moulds and store in the fridge until ready to eat.

 

Suggested Variations: 

Try adding 2 drops of peppermint oil to make chocolate mint flavour. Or the grated zest of one orange to make chocolate orange flavour.

Melt coconut oil in a saucepan. Take off the heat and add sifted carob powder, syrup and vanilla powder. Pour into silicone moulds and set in the freezer for at least 20 – 30 minutes. Remove from moulds and store in the fridge until ready to eat.   Suggested Variations:  Try adding 2 drops of peppermint oil to make chocolate mint flavour. Or the grated zest of one orange to make chocolate orange flavour.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 53; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Potassium: 7mg; Carbohydrate: 3g; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 0g

 

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4 thoughts on “Dairy-Free, Cocoa-Free Carob Chocolates

  1. Renea Ashley

    After realizing they traffic children to work cocoa plantations, I gave up my favorite of favorites- chocolate. Thank you for an alternative!

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