Carob Bliss

by HEAB on December 23, 2010

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Victoria suggested I try making carob coconut butter, and so I did. Victoria, I love you.

Into the food processor went 1 bag of unsweetened coconut (I just used a local grocery store’s generic brand) and 100 grams of carob chips.

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Hit the on button and keep scraping down sides of processor…

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until you get this…it can take a while. Be patient.

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Pour carob coconut butter into an 8 ounce jar…

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Then enjoy OITFP…

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Oats In The Food Processor :)

{ 77 comments }

Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!) December 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

Wowza! Yummmm!

Just think, if it weren’t for Summer’s allergies, you never would have discovered this…

LesleyG December 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

Always love your creativity! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

Ohh my gosh Heather, yesterday I made chocolate-pomegrante PB in the food processor. You should totally do it with carob! I blended the chocolate in the vita first then pureed it with the peanuts, then stirred in dried pom in the end. Gives this perfect chew factor! Heaven. I enjoyed PB in the FP, sans oats hehe

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I’ve never had dried POM seeds, but I love regular POM seeds with chocolate. I bet your PB is delicious Felicia!

Robyn jones Clark December 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

I HAVE to try this!!!!

Lauren at KeepItSweet December 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

great idea! is summer doing better now that you cut back on chocolate?

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Lauren,
Not really, but I’m going to keep avoiding it for a while. :(

Lauren at KeepItSweet December 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

aw well good luck! hopefully she will start feeling better soon

Rachel (tea and chocolate) December 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Oats in a food processor–how funny! And carob butter sounds wonderful. I just discovered carob recently and I love it!

Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

What a fantastic idea!

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) December 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

SO happy you found a chocolate alternative :) Life can go on now!! :)

Christin@purplebirdblog December 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Uhhhh… YEAH!! Need somma that! :)

Matt December 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

You are a genius ;)

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Ohh that sounds wonderful. I havent had carob in a long time- I rememeber it being too bitter for my taste at the time. That was when I was first starting to eat healthier…I’d probably be able to handle it now.

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Mary,
Yes, you should try carob again. The chips are pretty sweet. Love them. :)

Gloria December 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

OITFP – amazing! I usually end up using my fingers to “clean” the residuals but this is way better :)

Baking 'n' Books December 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Oh my God – Genius! I love Victoria now too.

I made a Banana-Coconut-Almond Flour cake with carob chips and totally thought of you! (and there’s no added sugar or oil – who knew?)

It’s here if anyone’s interested ;) : http://bakingnbooks.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/a-banana-cake-to-balance-out-the-holiday-pound-cakes/

Baking 'n' Books December 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Okay – and that is NOT my picture! For some reason, I’m linked to this girl who had a blog by this name in the past…really not cool Wordpress!

She’s pretty though! :)

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood December 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Omigod, I remember I made an Almond Joy-version of nut butter when I first got my Magic Bullet. Unfortunately, that also killed my Magic Bullet. :( Oh well! It was still very delicious and enjoyable.

And I’m thinking that I want me some carob coconut butter now too! But I can’t quite imagine the texture. The last time I made it, it was really gritty. Is the texture of coconut butter supposed to be smooth or gritty when you make it?

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Syliva,
It’s kind of gritty – not as smooth as Artisana’s coconut butter or Cacao Bliss. You can smooth it out by blending it in the Vita-Mix after processing it, but I’m too lazy and don’t really mind the grit.

melissa @ the delicate place December 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

wow haha OITFP! perfect! this looks heavenly!

courtney December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I applaud your efficiency at getting the food processor clean. I am making almond butter today–I think I am going to have to do this myself. Otherwise it is just wasteful, clearly ;)

Namaste Gurl December 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I’ve never– shockingly– tried carob. Crazy, I know. Definitely a product that’s on my list of “to buy” at Whole Foods along with many, MANY other items :-)
Glad carob is bringing you working well!

Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm

So, so happy that this worked. I’m wondering now how carob would work in Brunsli (almond-chocolate cookies), which are also done in the food processor. Maybe I’ll do “carob” day over on my blog at some point.

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Victoria,
Yes, I’m all for carob day! So funny as someone just sent me a recipe for Brunsli. Now, if I could just find some carob powder in this town. Maybe after Christmas when the stores have restocked.

Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I can call it “Carob Day: Sponsored by HEAB.” The Brunsli recipe I use just calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, carob chips should sub in pretty well if you have time to try it (yeah right!) Since it also includes spices (especially cinnamon), the difference between carob and chocolate likely wouldn’t be that drastic.

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

Victoria,
I agree. I need to try the Brunsli with carob chips, and I love the idea of a HEAB sponsored carob day! ;)

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I know I say this at least 15 times every day, but I seriously cannot WAIT to get a food processor!! 3 days and counting until I am in my new apartment and can begin buying nice things again :D … and then I will be making myself some carob coconut butter!

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Melissa,
You will love your food processor. It and my Vita-Mix are the two most used appliances in our kitchen. Enjoy!

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I used to think carob chips were weird, but they’re actually pretty good!
Oats in the Food Processor always crack me up…not your average OIAJ. :-P

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Carob Coconut Butter…NICE!
I have a HUGE order, i.e. a gallon sized bucketfull, of Tropical Traditions Coconut Flakes waiting for me when I get home. I am going to finally try my hand at my own coconut butter.

Up til now, it has just seemed silly to make coconut butter when i ALSO have jars and jars and jars of coconut oil. But, I just need to try it! I know that coconut oil and butter are technically different. In cooking, I pretty much use coc oil anywhere i see coc butter called for….but making things into CHOColate is a big priority :)

GREAT WORK Heather!

:)

HEAB December 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Averie,
We buy Garden of Life coconut oil in bulk and have several jars sitting in the cabinet from our last order. However, that never stops me from making jar after jar of coconut BUTTER. Love my coconut oil, but I NEED my coconut butter. ;)

Susan December 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Great idea by Victoria!

I plan on making some coconut butter before I head back to school!

Alexandra December 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, HEAB! It meant so much to me!
That looks so yummy! I tried making your coconut butter once, but it didn’t work. :( But coconut butter is on my Christmas list!

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

Alexandra,
Of course – I love checking out new blogs. I was a new blogger myself not too long ago. ;)

Kim Oxbro December 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Oh yes! This looks delicious. I’m thinking of doing a caffeine detox in January, and this might just be what helps me get through the cravings ;)

VeggieGirl December 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

This reminds me of my former days as a carob-holic ;)

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) December 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

HAHAHA, so what’s next, oats in the dutch oven? ;)

Merry Christmas, HEAB!

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

Diana,
I was thinking more along the lines of OITCI, Oats In The Cast Iron. ;)
Merry Christmas to you as well!

Corey @ the runners cookie December 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I was reminded the other day how much I love coconut – I’m sure this tastes incredible with the carob! Too funny, when I made almond butter last week in the food processor I couldn’t bare to waste what amount was coated inside so I added frozen bananas :)
Never had oats in a food processor…great idea!

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

Corey,
Adding frozen bananas – that’s a great idea too. Like carob coconut coated banana soft serve. Yum!

Ana December 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Yay, glad to know it is good with carob chips too! I almost did that when I made my last batch of coconut butter, I swear to you Heather!
Now this carob-coconut butter would be delicious on some pumpkin oats! :-)
Ana

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

Ana,
We are such kindred spirits – always thinking the same thing when it comes to yummy food. You’ve got great taste! :)

Katie December 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Oh me, oh my. That looks heavenly! I just bought some Kroger unsweetened coconut today because I have been craving it like mad! I need to make some cocoa coconut butter asap!

Katie December 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I love the line about patience. Patience, or rather the lack thereof, is what has kept me from making any nut butters. Someday I hope to become a patient person. Maybe.

Molly @ MollyRunsfresh December 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

OITFP.. I love it!

Allison December 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Wow! That looks so tasty! I love things that are so easy to make… and look so good!

Bridget December 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

That looks delicious! I have coconut…now all i need is carob chips!

Paige @ Running Around Normal December 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

OIAFP – HA! Loveeee that.

healthy chocoholic December 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

that looks so good!!! what do carob chips taste like, though?

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:31 am

Healthy Choc,
Carob has a very unique taste. It’s naturally much sweeter than cocoa. Personally, I love it, but I’ll be honest, it’s no dark chocolate. Someone once told me they thought carob tasted like a tootsie roll.

Samantha December 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Another must try! How’s the no chocolate going? I need a new food processor…mine works great but is tiny. I keep hearing great things about the ninja.

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

Samantha,
It’s going. I miss chocolate, but I”m loving on the carob lately. It gets the job done. I’m not sure what kind of food processor I have – it was a demo model that a friend gave me, but I hear both KitchenAid and Cuisinart make really good ones.

Ann Claire December 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Yum! OITFP, that’s a new one :) Sounds great!

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 23, 2010 at 9:19 pm

That’s such a good idea! Would make a great gift, too!!

dana @ my little celebration December 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Oats in the food processor – now that I need to try.

Thanks for the recipe, and for almond joy oats idea yesterday. Both look fabulous.

Merry Christmas to you and your little family, Heather.

Always enjoy your blog,
Dana

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 11:34 am

Dana,
Thanks so much and a Merry Christmas to you as well. :)

lisa December 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Food processors are great companions.

Lola December 24, 2010 at 12:59 am

Hey Heather!
What is carob? Does it tastes just like chocolate? I’m glad you could find a substitution! Life without chocolate seems a little grim!
I won’t be switching on my lap-top until 2011 hehe, so I wish you a Merry X-mas!!! lots of love for you, CD, and Summer :)
xoxo
Lola

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Lola,
Merry Christmas to you as well. I think I’ll be shutting down my laptop as well.

From Wikipedia: Carob, dried or roasted and having a slightly sweet taste, in powder or chip form, is used as an ingredient in cakes and cookies. Carob is sometimes used as a substitute for chocolate. The seeds, also known as locust beans, are used as animal feed. They are also the source of locust bean gum, a thickening agent used in numerous processed foods. In Egypt, carobs are consumed as a snack. Crushed pods are used to make a refreshing drink. Compotes and liqueurs are made from carob in Turkey, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Sicily. Carob has proven effective in relieving diarrhea in infants.[8] In Libya, a syrup extracted from carob named rub is used as a complement to an Asida meal. The so-called carob syrup made in Peru is actually from the fruit of the Prosopis nigra tree.
Carob has also been used as a non-toxic alternative to chocolate in dog treats, as the theobromine in chocolate is fatally toxic to all animals, even humans in high enough doses (in raw form).

Carob has a very unique taste – different from chocolate, but I love it. It’s naturally sweeter, and the chips are totally addictive! :)

Marty December 24, 2010 at 3:33 am

Looks easy peasy and sooooo yummy! What a wonderful gift too! Hello and Happy and Merry Christmas to you, CD, Ms Angel Summer and the big black four-legged furry buddies! From a lovely -42 here tonight high of (-32 tomorrow). Hey, the bright side, we gained a minute of sunlight today! A wee bit over 3.5 hrs of sunlight?! Looks cold air coming from Canada for y’all for Christmas, better keep those woolies out! Love, m

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Marty,
Yes, we might actually have a white Christmas here in Nashville. Will be the first time in years. Wishing you a warm and very Merry Christmas. Much love, Heather :)

Little Bookworm December 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

Love the Oats in a Food Processor! :) Hope you, CD and Summer have a great day tomorrow!

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

You too LB! :)

Gena December 24, 2010 at 8:44 am

OMG, ridonculous. I adore carob in any form, and this is now a must-try for me!!!

Merry xmas eve honey :)

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Merry Christmas to you as well Gena. :)

Courtney (Pancakes and Postcards) December 24, 2010 at 9:51 am

ha, amazing! i need to try this, i don’t know a lot of carob recipes or really what to do with it… must experiment!

Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter December 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

Add a nice food processor to the list of kitchen appliances I want when I get out of college… the carob-coconut butter just looks absolutely fantastic.

Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover December 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

Hahahaha!
OIAFP?!
Love it :D
Happy Holidays, Heather!

Katherine: Unemployed December 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Bliss is a great word here… looks so good. I wish this was whirling in my kitchen downstairs right now

KL December 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm

What type of Carob Chips do you use? I LOVE Carob Chips Unsweetened –I use to use Sunspire– but I think they changed their formula –they taste different to me now –kind of waxy. I am on the search for SOY FREE Carob Chips–also unsweetened. Should make my own but waaayyyy to lazy :)

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

KL,
Not sure – my mom bought me 2 bags. I think the first one I opened are the Sunspire unsweetened, but the bag has a new design or something as it didn’t look like their old one. I’ve never seen carob chips without soy lecithin. Let me know if you find some.

carlee December 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I totally had that one right when i saw the OITFP! I said it aloud to myself and to my knowledge I was …correct!!!!! go me!
Is carob good in your oats?
Do you like carob flavor?

HEAB December 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Good call Carlee!
Yes, I love the flavor of carob. It’s naturally sweet and so yummy in my oats. It’s no chocolate, but definitely makes a good sub.

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast December 24, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I love oats in a food processor! LOL

Susan December 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

Baaahahaha. You’re awesome Heather. End of story.

Merry Christmas!! Hope the fam is having a fabulous day together :)

Kath December 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

That looks amazing! Must be great with almonds as well! :D (I must admit I still haven’t made home made almond butter because I was afraid to overheat my blender when blending for a rather long time, and now I’m at my parents’ home – read “away from my blender” – and just have a very small one to make almond milk. Whew on that at least! So I’m eating from a big pot of store-bought almond butter … But I will give it a try when I’m back. I can’t wait, tbh. If necessary, I have to blend with breaks inbetween. ;) )

Carob is something I’ve never tried, but I just wiki-ed it and it looks very interesting and try-worthy! :D

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