I have to be honest with you and tell you that the real reason I made this spread is because it's another fun way to get a hit of maca, some metabolism boosting coconut oil, calcium rich and chocolatey carob and if you use raw honey (more on that later) then you'll get a good dose of nutritious, anti-inflammatory and healthy ingredients that also taste great ! And it's not full of stimulating caffeine which for some is a good thing but there are some that don't do too well on it or if you are inclined to eat too much this is a great substitute. I suggest you don't look at it as a chocolate substitute anyway, just enjoy it's unique and pleasing taste.
Benefits of Raw Honey include:
Promotes and aids:
- Good digestive health
- A powerful antioxidant
- Strengthens the immune system
- Eliminates allergies (especially if you use local raw honey where the bee's gather the honey from local pollens)
- Can stabilise blood pressure and balance sugar levels
- Relieve pain
- Calm nerves
- Has been used to treat ulcers
- Expectorant and anti-inflammatory so is used to treat bronchitis and asthma
For reasons mentioned it's always best to purchase local raw honey. The upside is you can usually question the beekeeper as to where it's from, if it's actually been heated and is it organic or as close to organic as possible.
Makes: 1 x small jar
Ingredients: please feel free to adjust quantities to your own palette and needs.
6 tbs raw honey, agave or maple syrup
6 tbs raw coconut oil
1-2 tsp Maca
1-2 tsp Lacuma
4 tsp raw carob powder
1/2 tsp each ground cinnamon and vanilla powder
Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine and remove any lumps that may be present.
It's quite smooth and creamy when first made but you will find the next day it's not so. If you don't like that then just make small batches you are going to use on the day. I find it's ok as the taste is still there.
Store in the pantry as it will get too hard in the fridge. It should last a while as all of the ingredients are pantry staples.
You could try halving the sweetener especially if you are not using raw honey as raw carob powder and lacuma are naturally sweet.
It would be great spread on sliced fruit such as apples, bananas, pears, strawberries etc
The pictures show it served on my Luvinglife Grain free bread. (There's always a loaf of this in our house :-) )
Do you like the idea of having a chocolate alternative? and what do you think of Carob? Yes or No?