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Carobella

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Many health benefits can be obtained by including the carob in your diet, as carob is great for persons with high blood pressure because it is naturally high in fiber and has no caffeine. It’s also a pleasant dietary addition or chocolate substitute for folks trying to lose weight because of its low-fat content. Carob syrup was used in ancient Egypt and used as a sweetener.

Carobella convinces my freind to go vegetarian for a month. It has a similar consistency and taste to a Brasilian favorite, called “Dulce de leche” made with sweet condensed milk mixed with chocolate. This reminded me of a story when I went on a trekking trip to Patagonia in 2018. My friends opted to go vegetarian for the duration of our journey as I promised to prepare all the meals for them. So into the fourth day of trekking, after we returned from an extended 20 km walk, we all washed up did our collective meditation.

Then we started preparing dinner, and I suggested making the substitute “Dulce de leche,” and one of the students challenged me. If I succeeded in making the substitute to “Dulce de leche” dessert taste exactly like Dulce de leche as good as it is in Brasil. He will go vegetarian for 30 days.  as I had already promised to make that dessert. The grand finale was the dessert, and the precisely convincing tastes of Brasilian dulce de leche had LUCAS take a bow to Carobella.  All our friends were in total agreement and gave a rousing “horah”, and as a gentleman, he kept his promise and went 30-day vegetarian. 

Carob is a chocolate alternative in many spiritual communities as “caffine” in chocolate is considered a stimulant. Thou, chocolate offers significant health benefits such as 632 antioxidants, theobromine, omega essential oils. The Mayan people considered raw cacao equivalent to gold. According to USDA National Nutrient Database, a cup of hot chocolate has 7.44 milligrams of caffeine in terms of quality and quantity of caffeine. In contrast, a single cup of brewed coffee has 96 milligrams that are 13 times more stimulating. So you don’t want to overstimulate your heart as it goes racing at 15 – 25 % more than your regular heart rate.  

Try this at home for your kids and you will certainly enjoyed yourself so all my friends who made and have all been super impressed with Carobella.

Carobella

Dessert European
By Dada Shivananada Serves: 8 - 10
Prep Time: 30 mins Cooking Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Carobella has a unique and tempting flavor. Hazelnuts which has another name called cobnuts or filberts. Nuts contain a notable measure of antioxidants and phytonutrients to prevent heart diseases, cancer and neutralize harmful free radicals. You can eat Hazelnuts raw, and when roasted, it will take on a mellow, sweeter character. However, it is high-fat like other nuts, causing hazelnut to go rancid pretty quickly; thus, it's best to refrigerate after purchase.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Hazelnut with skin roasted for 15minutes.
  • 1 cup Carob powder
  • 1 cup of coconut milk, cream, or powder
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of rice syrup, Optional coconut sugar (mascavo), dark brown cane sugar, molasses
  • 1 tbsp rice starch
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

1

Roast hazelnuts for 15-20minutes and blend in a stronger blender until powder then scrape the powder on the sides of the blend back to the center of the blender. And blend again until the hazelnuts turn into a smooth, creamy paste.

2

The next step is to add carob powder to the hazelnut mix, add rice syrup (or use the other sweeteners options)

3

stir continuously until the Carobella turns smooth, thick, and creamy.

4

Next, add coconut milk, powder, or cream and blend until the mixture forms homogenous cream.

5

Transfer to a jar and keep it refrigerated.

6

It will not keep too long as your kids and sweet tooth partner will find it and finish it.

Notes

Other alternatives are 3 ingredients carobella: 1/2 cup carob, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or other options), 1/2 cup coconut milk. Blend into a smooth paste, and there you are.

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