Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hot Carob Drink

Carob comes from the seed pods of a locust tree that is common in the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle East. Rich in may nutrients and sometimes used as a natural sweetener, carob is considered a very healthy food. Because it is an excellent source of pectin, it's used to sooth tummy ailments. Although it doesn't really taste like chocolate, it is frequently used as a chocolate alternative. It's delicious in hot drinks, puddings, cookies, and pies. Some individuals who don't care for the sweet flavor of carob alone love it when it has a touch of coffee or coffee alternative (like Roma) added. Here's a simple carob recipe that I enjoy.

1 heaping Tbsp carob powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch
6 to 8 oz water or soy milk*
vanilla to taste

stevia or other sweetener of choice

1. Mix the carob powder and cornstarch in the water until smooth.

2. Heat the ingredients, stirring occasionally, and serve with a little vanilla.

*I prefer the soy milk option for enhanced flavor.

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