CAFFEINE-FREE

Iced Carob Milk

11/03/2018
iced carob milk
Serves 1
Equipment
Blender
Prep time
5m

Here is how I ended up making this yummy, healthy iced carob milk. I had been trying to get on the wagon for the last 2 months, when I realized I desperately need a caffeine fix at 4 PM. I tried different things to help me fight off the sluggishness from caffeine withdrawal, but in vain. One day, I made a firm resolve in my mind and promptly took a nap from 3.45 PM to 4.30 PM. At least I didn’t have coffee.

Then I chanced upon carob. I read about all the benefits it offers and decided to give it a try. This iced carob milk was so flavourful that I forgot all about my need for coffee! I thought of topping it with some vanilla ice cream to complete the cold coffee look but decided against it. I had the same thing for the next 5 days and realized I am sleeping much better at night, because there is no residual caffeine in my system.

Carob has many health benefits like boosting metabolism and heart function. It is also rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. So a single serving of carob powder will give you a nutrition boost.

Carob Nut Butter – Healthy and Nutrient packed

24/02/2018
carob nut butter
Prep time
30m

Recently, I was at the store to buy our monthly stock of nut butters and jams. As I was going over the ingredients, I kicked myself (mentally) for buying something with so much salt, stabilizers and hydrogenated oils. I put it all back (the nut butter, not the jam – that is a skill I have yet to acquire) and decided to make my own!

A little reading on the how of the process and I decided to make Carob Apricot Nut butter or Carob ‘Nutella’. This nutty, chocolate-y nut butter turned out so much better than any store bought ones I have ever had. I wondered why I didn’t try this earlier. Moreover, it is sugar free and caffeine free, the two things that make me happier when my son devours it.

Almost everyone loves spreads, especially kids. Our family is no different, be it a jam or nut butter or a chutney. As a working mommy, I find it easier to just slap a load of my son’s favourite spread on a chapati or a whole wheat bread and call it a snack. It is filling and nutritious. I gifted a friend with IBS a jar of my homemade carob apricot nut butter, because it is gluten free. He was very happy because he could finally savour something close to nutella!

Carob apricot nut butter goes well with crackers, as a spread on breads or as a dip with apples. You can serve it to your guests and bask in glory when they go wow.

Word to the wise. You may have to make a big batch as it is difficult to stop eating once you start!