Hot carob is a delicious and nourishing drink if you’re looking for a caffein-free hot cocoa substitute! It’s full of vitamins and minerals and totally delicious!
After a quick look through my blog, it might surprise you to know that I didn’t grow up on chocolate. Not even chocolate chips in cookies. My mom was super conscious of my sugar intake growing up, and so things like candies and chocolate chips were no-nos.
What did she use for treats instead? Carob. Instead of regular brownies, we had carob nut brownies. Our milkshakes were carob, and instead of chocolate chips, my mom used carob chips from the health food coop.
After leaving home I discovered that chocolate was pretty necessary for my life, but carob continues to be a comforting treat that I’ve now passed on to my family.
Health benefits of carob.
Hailing originally from the Middle East, carob is an evergreen flowering shrub in the same family as peas. Just like the cocoa tree, carob is harvested for its beans.
While you’re comparing it to cocoa powder, carob has some interesting features that any health foodie will love. Unlike cocoa, carob is caffein-free, so there’s no worries giving it to your kids (not that I worry about giving my kids homemade hot cocoa anyway). It’s also quite a bit sweeter on its own when compared with cocoa, which is quite bitter plain. So you don’t need as much sweetener when using carob (or any, if your like me).
The tannins in carob contain gallic acid, which is and antibacterial antioxidant, as well as being antiviral and antiseptic. Carob also contains vitamin E and, as a drink, is helpful in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis. It’s is also high in omega-6 fatty acids, folate, magnesium, and phosphorus, and has whopping amounts of calcium and potassium!
What kind of carob powder?
For this nourishing hot carob drink, I love using both raw and roasted carob powder. Raw carob is noticeably sweeter than roasted carob, but roasted is a little nuttier. For raw carob, I love The Australian Carob Co.’s product and for roasted I prefer Azure Organics. Here are some places you can get it:
- raw carob powder from Azure Standard
- raw carob powder from Amazon
- roasted carob from Azure Standard
- roasted carob powder from Amazon
More carob deliciousness.
If you’re interested in trying even more delicious recipes with carob in them, here are a few of my favorites. Generally speaking, you can just substitute carob powder for the cocoa powder in any chocolate recipe, 1:1. I find that you don’t need as much sweetener in the carob version, though.
- Banana Walnut Carob Brownies
- Homemade Carob Chips
- Carob Zucchini Milkshake
- Buttermilk Carob Zucchini Cake
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Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1/4 cup carob powder (I use this one from Azure Standard, but you can also get it on Amazon)
- 2 teaspoons gelatin (I use Perfect Supplements)
- 1/4 coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 cups milk of choice (I like my homemade coconut milk)
- 1/4 teaspoons Himalayan salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla (try making your own!)
In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk together carob powder and gelatin.
Turn heat on to medium-low and stir in honey and coconut oil until melted and creamy.
Slowly whisk in milk and heat through.
Turn off heat and stir in salt and vanilla.
Enjoy plain, or with the topping of your choice.
Makes about 5 mugfuls.
Store leftovers in the fridge and reheat later.
Oh so good! Made this with collagen instead of gelatin and it was sooooo delicious!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Joni! 🙂
It’s cold and gloomy here today, and this looks so perfect right now! Love all the healthy ingredients too.
Thanks, Jean! I aways want a cup when it’s cold and gloomy outside, too!
The best delicious comforting drink for winter!
Thank you, ChihYu!
I had no idea carob was so good for you. I thought it was like the cocoa bean’s sad little cousin but you make it sound and look so good I have to try it!
Haha! You should totally try it!
My mum used to buy us carob when we were kids instead of chocolate. Think I may buy some now and revisit it as a hot drink. Sounds lovely and comforting. Love that you’ve used the word deliciousness, one of my favourite words!!
Thanks, Carina! I hope you get to enjoy a cup!
What a tasty alternative to hot chocolate! I am a super-consumer of hot drinks in cold weather, so this will be in my rotation for quite a while! Thanks!
You’re welcome, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy it!
Just ran across this for the first time. I am going to have to look into this. Looks like I could swap it out for my morning coffee.
Yes! If you’re trying to get away from caffeine it’s a great sub! I hope you enjoy it!
I haven’t heard of this before. I’ll have to do some more looking into it.
I hope you get to enjoy it!
I don’t have gelatin, can I still make it without the gelatin?
Yes, definitely! The gelatin is just there to make it a little more nutritious. 🙂