I have a secret.. and it means I may have to change the name of my blog. I think I’ve found something I prefer to chocolate.. carob! When I was experimenting with raw food I had a bad experience with carob. I ordered some off of a popular auction website… and well, what I got was very strange. It smelt like pet shops. And it was very bitty. I thought I had bought carob flour. But I think I actually bought pet food. I made these carob ‘brownies’ made up of raisins and coconut and carob flour and they looked AMAZING. But they tasted like a pet shop. I really tried to like it, I added it to smoothies but it just had this odd, grainy texture and pet shop aftertaste that I could not enjoy.
At the weekend my mum and I went to a health food shop and I saw a box of carob powder, so I bought it and hoped maybe I just got a dodgy batch last time.
And I obviously did. Because this box of flour was just like cocoa powder. It smelt like the carob bars I have been devouring, not like pet shops. So I did what all good ladies do on a Sunday, I made pancakes.FRIGGIN, CAROB AND COFFEE PANCAKES. AND THEY TASTED GOOD.
Carob and Coffee Pancakes
2 tbsp spelt flour (any wholemeal flour of your choice)
1 tbsp flax (optional – add 1 more tbsp of flour if you take the flax out)
1 tbsp carob flour
1 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 tsp instant coffee
1 tsp sugar/splenda
1 egg white
1/2 cup almond milk/milk of your choice
Whisk together all ingredients, and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a small drizzle of olive oil, or cooking spray. When the pan is hot, add in approx 2 tbsp of the mixture. When the top begins to bubble, flip pancake and cook for another 1 – 2 minutes.
Have you ever tried carob? Share your favourite recipes and favourite ways to eat it! I made some delicious muffins this weekend!