Healthy Living

Carob-Counter

Looking for a healthy way to indulge your sweet tooth? Have a look at these ideas to make your cake and eat it too!

Carob and Fig Muffins
Makes 10-12 muffins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups (200g) rolled oats, ground
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup (25g) carob powder
  • ½ cup (75g) coconut sugar
  • zest of 1 organic lemon or orange
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds + 6 Tbsp. water
  • 1½ cups chopped figs (about 5-6 figs, reserve 1 for garnish)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine chia seeds with water; stir, then set aside.
  2. In a food processor, blend rolled oats on high until you have a rough flour. Place in a large bowl. Add all other dry ingredients then stir to combine.
  3. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Stir in the chia seed gel.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Gently fold in the chopped figs. Spoon batter into a lightly greased muffin pan or muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Add a single slice of fig on top of each muffin for garnish, if desired.
  5. Bake in a 350°F / 175°C oven for 20–30 minutes (depending on size) until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely. Enjoy. Store in an airtight container for 4 days or freeze.

The Raw Brownie

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups whole walnuts
  • 2½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raw cacao (or carob powder)
  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.
  2. Add the cacao and salt. Pulse to combine.
  3. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mixture that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together (if the mixture does not hold together well, add more dates).
  4. In a large bowl (or the pan you plan on putting the brownies in), combine the walnut-cacao mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a lined cake pan or mould. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is also easier to cut these when they are very cold). Store in an airtight container.

You will be totally surprised at how incredibly rich and satisfying these are, with a complex flavour that remarkably comes from only five ingredients. That being said, these five ingredients should be of the best quality you can find, as the true taste of each of them shines through in a big way.

From www.mynewroots.org

The health benefits of carob are numerous. First, the pod is high in insoluble fibre, which acts like a broom in the digestive tract, sweeping the colon clean and speeding the passage of waste through the gut. It’s rich in antioxidants, which help defend your body against free radical damage. Carob is also high in calcium and iron making it a great food for moms-to-be. But just about everyone can use more of those minerals, so eat up!

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