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Hi Granolamama

I believe Carob is fine because, unlike cocoa, it does not contain any caffeine. I’ve seen recipes for the Candida diet using 100% unsweetened cocoa but I don’t think that is wise since caffeine is on the “no” list.

One tablespoon of unsweetened carob powder has 25 calories, no fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, and 6 grams carbohydrate. By comparison, one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 12 calories, 1 gram of fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, and 3 grams of carbohydrate.

Gram for gram a candy bar made with carob has about the same amount of fat and calories as a chocolate bar, although the taste and texture are different. Carob also contains three times as much calcium as cocoa powder. It doesn’t taste the same of course but it is the nearest you can get to chocolate. I use it a lot and am now so used to it that even the sight of real chocolate turns me off.

Funnily enough, hubby and I have just taken out a couple of brownies from the freezer, popped them into the microwave and had them with our mid-morning tea.

Good luck.