I was away earlier in the year as you might have read, and I got this fabulous email out of the blue, asking me if I would like some organic carob pods to play with….and of course, I said yes! It was Kristen Morrison from Naturally Better Foods who wanted to know! To cut to the Readers Digest version, I had a long chat with the very energetic and dynamic Kristen about her amazing business that operates out of Victoria, and if you are at all inclined to want the best sourced, least fiddled with ingredients for your family, then head on over to her site and join up! She also has a fantastic book about her own experience with her darling little boy which is absolutely fascinating reading and a must for any mum with a child with (or without for that matter) any sort of health difficulties….so what did I do with the carob??
(Just giving you the heads up...) There was a bit of process involved to get to the carob powder stage…not really that difficult, just a little time consuming. The fragrant results however were well worth it.
SO…to process the pods, you must boil them in plenty of water (out of Thermomix in other words), then remove the seeds. Roast the seeds for about 25 minutes in a hot oven at 180ºC and then allow them to cool before milling at least 3 times 1 min/speed 10, cooling well in between each milling. Sieve out any hard pieces and discard.
Then you can make these delicious little treats; they are nut free, (unless using pistachios for coating) therefore perfect for school lunch boxes…or try chopping and adding them to Graneusli from For Foods Sake…quite a decadent, yet very healthy little mouthful!
The other great thing about Kristen and her site is that she is giving us the chance to give away a hamper to the value of $150 for you to spend in her online store…to be in the running, please head over to her Facebook page, ‘like’ the page and then put the comment “Tenina sent me” and Kristen will draw the lucky winner on Thursday 29th March…the same day as the Albany Cooking classes for those in the know!!
- 100 g seeds of choice (I used sunflower, pumpkin and linseed)
- 150 g pitted prunes
- 50 g carob powder
- 60 g maple syrup
- Pinch Pink Salt Flakes Pink salt flakes BUY
- Some chopped nuts, shredded coconut and more carob powder to roll them in
Place seeds into Thermomix bowl and mill 30 sec/speed 10.
Add remaining ingredients other than the rolling thingos of choice and blend 20 sec/speed 6.
Using wet hands, roll the mixture into balls and roll into either/all options to garnish.
Eat on a whim….but make sure everyone knows you made the carob powder…yourself..