Kids love chocolate, but you can’t always let them indulge in it. carob powder is a healthy alternative to cocoa, chocolate and coffee because it has high B complex and A vitamins. This recipe uses carob powder instead of chocolate, and the end result tastes just as good!
- 1 cup carob powder
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- 4 tablespoons dry milk powder
- ⅔ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
- ½ teaspoon grated orange rind
- Mix the carob powder and water in a saucepan. Let it boil over low heat while stirring continuously.
- When the mixture starts boiling, add in the honey and Peanut butter.
- Continue stirring, and cook until the mixture thickens slightly.
- Turn off the heat and then let the mixture cool.
- In the meantime, put the wheat germ, Oats, milk powder, coconut and grated orange rind in a bowl and mix them all together.
- Pour enough honey and carob mixture in the bowl and mix until you get a dough-like mixture.
- If there’s any honey and carob syrup left, put it in the fridge.
- You can use it in milk shakes or as icing on brownies.
- Here’s where you can let your kids participate --
- Take about a spoonful of your dough and make a small ball by rolling it between your palms.
- You can also flatten the dough (1/2-inch thick) and use assorted cookie cutters to make different shapes.
- If you don’t have a cookie cutter, let your kids draw basic shapes on a sturdy board.
- Cut out the shapes they make and trace it on wax paper or aluminum foil.
- Then cut out the wax paper or aluminum foil and gently place it on top of the rolled out dough.
- Using a bread knife, cut around the improvised shape.
- When you’re done making balls or cutting out shapes out of the dough, place them on a flat tray and refrigerate for an hour or so.