Sometimes accidents are happy.
I went into a bio shop (health food store) the other day looking for carob, which I happen to actually like. The package I bought was opaque and when I opened it at home I realized that the powder was much lighter than normal. It was only then that I noticed that on the package was written “raw carob”.
Most carob powder, made from the pod of the carob tree, is dark brown. Roasting the pod creates a strong, very distinct flavour. I like it, some hate it. Raw carob, on the other hand, is a light brown and has a much more subtle flavour.
These simple balls are more than the sum of their parts. Somehow, the three flavours mingle to create a lightly sweet, delicate taste, without any one ingredient dominating.
They are also perfect for sending outside with children who come thundering inside from their outdoor shenanigans, starving but impatient to be back in the summer sun. I didn’t time myself, but these probably take less than five minutes to put together. And only one dish is required, which in my house is a definite plus.
I have an inkling that these would be amazing baked as well, but have run out of raw carob powder.
- 1 banana (mine was 180g)
- 1/3 cup coconut butter (homemade)
- 2 tbsp raw carob powder
- Mash banana with a fork. Mix in coconut butter and raw carob.
- Roll spoonfuls of dough into a ball (the dough will look sticky but it's not).
- If too soft, chilling the balls in the fridge will harden them nicely.
- Eat, and discover a new favourite food.
By coconut butter I mean pulverized coconut meat, also called coconut manna. I used homemade, so I don't know how the recipe would be with bought coconut butter.
Have you tried carob? Do you like it?