Carob & cacao: ‘chocolate alternative’ recipes

December 31, 2015 10:39 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re craving chocolate, but determined not to give in, then try these ‘alternative’recipes instead. Carob is, in fact, nothing to do with chocolate, coming from a completely different tree. However, it looks the same and has a similar ‘mouth feel’ – as well as being tasty in its own right – so might well satisfy you. Cacao on the other hand, is actually chocolate, but chocolate in its natural form, with all the good stuff still there and none of the bad stuff added!

Carob cookies


125g self-raising flour

Pinch baking powder

50g soft brown sugar

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch salt

4 tsp carob powder

50g chopped dates

100ml milk (non-dairy milk is fine)

75ml rapeseed oil

Vanilla extract

25g carob bar chunks, grated or chopped


Grease a baking tray and preheat the oven to 180C.

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, carob powder, cinnamon, salt and dates in a bowl. Add the milk, rapeseed oil, dash of vanilla extract and the grated or chopped carob and combine thoroughly.

Place spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking tray and bake for around 10 minutes.


Cacao nib granola


150g oats

50g flaked almonds

35g dessicated coconut

30g maple syrup

20g honey

80g butter

2 tbsp cacao nibs, divided into 2 portions


Preheat the oven to 160C. Mix all the ingredients, except for 1 portion of the cacao nibs, together, and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning regularly. Leave to cool, then add the remainder of the cacao nibs.

Store in an airtight container and eat for breakfast!

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