Carob (Ceratonia siliqua)
Carob is one of the most frequently used substitutions for chocolate. When I was little I use to spend a lot of time at my Grandmother's house, and she use to take me to the health food store to get Carob chips. While I admit it's not as good as chocolate, if you can't have chocolate for some reason or need to cut down on your sugar carob is a really nice subsitute. It does taste quite a bit like chocolate. Carob is a member of the pea family and is an evergreen shrub or trea. It started being used about 4,000 years ago in the Meditteranean. It was also used in ancient Egypt and Rome. The pods it produces were once actually used as a currency. Carob produces the carob fruit which can then be dried or powdered to use as a chocolate substitute. Another advantage to carob is that it does not contain theobromine, which is what's lethal to pet's in chocolate. It's was a very common sweetner before sugar became widely available.
Medicinally, carob is used for digestion problems including diarrhea, heartburn, and the intestine’s inability to properly absorb certain nutrients from food. These absorption disorders include celiac disease and sprue.Other uses of carob include treatment of obesity, vomiting during pregnancy and high cholesterol.
Spiritually it's useful for protection and prosperity. It can be burned as an incense to attract spirit helpers and familiars, or to deter poltergeists.
As some of you know I have really tightened up my diet over the past few years, getting rid of sugar in as many places as I could. One of the things I've always enjoyed during the cold winter months was a hot cocoa. Now that we are going into those cooler months and the fall air is getting crisp in the mornings and evenings I've found that craving coming back. As an alternative I found this recipe for Hot Carob.
What You Need
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon carob powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine milk and carob powder in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking to remove any lumps. Stir in honey and vanilla extract. Continue heating to desired temperature.
Love and Blessings,