Original Carob Chips Recipe, from Nourishing Traditions
Makes 1 cup
3/4 cup carob powder
1/4 cup of rapadura
1 cup coconut oil (what grade of coconut oil you use will determine whether you have a coconut taste in your chocolate)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon chocolate extract
Place all ingredients in a glass container and set in simmering water
until melted. Mix together well. Spread mixture on a piece of buttered
parchment paper and allow to cool in the refrigerator (I have done this
in the freezer, as well). I like to use a loaf pan with the parchment
paper in it to get a thicker chocolate. When hardened, remove parchment
paper and cut into chips. Store chips in an airtight container in the
Because the coconut oil does melts easily, do keep this in the refrigerator and beware that it melts quickly in warm hands!
Note: I use maple syrup instead of rapadura and leave out the chocolate extract.
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*We avoid soy products. (Soy lecithin is in so many things that it's nearly impossible to avoid it entirely.) Improperly fermented soy (which includes all soy products except miso and tempeh) causes fertility problems and a host of other MAJOR problems that I encourage you to become familiar with. Do your family a favor and do not feed them soy!
*We don't use processed oils. Instead we use olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil. We do not use Canola oil! We like eating avocados, nuts, and seeds for their natural oil content. We always soak our nuts, seeds, and grains to make them more easily digestible.
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.....The taste of any new food may be unpalatable at first; but repeated nibbles cause one gradually to acquire a taste for it. Many children, if given cod liver oil from infancy, actually enjoy its taste. This is true of any food. It is really infantile not to be master of one's taste as regards that which insures health." ~Leah D. Widsoe