Thursday, February 6, 2014

Caroby Valentines Treats

It's almost Valentine's Day, and Pinterest is flooded with tons of chocolate recipes. Chocolate seems to be on everyone's mind this time of year, and all the stores are packed with Godiva and Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes. I am going to throw the whole system for a loop by posting some carob recipes. That's right, carob, as in that powder so similar in taste and appearance to chocolate that you would be fooled at first glance. Trust me, your Valentine won't mind these sweet caroby breakfast treats. They might even convert from a chocoholic to a carob lover.

Double Carob Chip Baked Oatmeal (1)
Double Carob Chip Baked Oatmeal
1 1/3 cup quick or old fashioned oats
2 tbsp carob powder
¼ tsp baking powder
dash of salt
2/3 cup applesauce
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp carob chips

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and oil a ramekin. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add in the applesauce, vanilla, and milk. Finally, stir in the carob chips. Pour this into the ramekin and bake for 15-20 minutes.

double carob hot cereal (3)

Double Carob Hot Cereal
serves 2
1 cup water
1 cup milk
¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain rolled cereal
¼ cup quick oats
½ cup applesauce
¼ cup carob powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 egg white
2 tbsp carob chips
½ tsp vanilla extract
dash of salt

Stir together the cereals, carob powder, salt, and chia seeds together in a pot. Add the water, milk, and applesauce. Mix everything together, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir and reduce the heat to medium low. Cover and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. Whisk in the egg and vanilla. Remove the pot from the heat, dish the cereal out into bowls, and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

double carob chip muffins (1)

Double Carob Chip Mini Muffins
makes 24
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup flour
¼ cup carob powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted
¼ cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup orange juice
½ cup applesauce
½ cup carob chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and oil a 24 hole mini muffin pan. Mix all the dry ingredients together, and then whisk in the wet. Finally, stir in the carob chips. Divide the batter between the muffin holes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Is anyone in the mood for some breakfast in bed?

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