Carob is a popular chocolate alternative and can be used instead of cacao powder in cakes, cookies, muffins, hot beverages and other confectionary products. Carob is lower in fat and calories than chocolate, and carob products are generally safer for diabetics than conventional chocolate and candy.
The nutritional benefits of carob include substantial amounts of vitamin E, calcium, antioxidants and protein. It also contains a compound called gallic acid that works to boost the immune system. Carob does not contain caffeine so it is a good alternative for those who are sensitive or have high blood pressure.
On The Australian Organic Directory you will find companies that sell Australian produced, certified organic carob products.