The carob tree, or Ceratonia siliqua, has fruit that looks like a dark brown pea pod, which carries pulp and seeds. Carob is a sweet and healthy substitute for chocolate. Using it for health benefits goes back 4,000 years to ancient Greece. You can eat carob pods when they’re fresh or dried, too. People who add carob to their diet have seen benefits like weight loss and decreased stomach issues. Carob tastes similar to chocolate and is a great alternative because it has:
- a lot of fiber
- low amounts of fat and sugar
- no caffeine
- no gluten
Because carob is naturally sweet, it can help satisfy your sugar cravings. If you do find that it’s not sweet enough for your taste, try adding stevia.
Rada’s is a local brand who makes these chocolate alternatives in Bali! 4 flavors to choose from.