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I’ve made this one a few times with a few changes each time and I think that I finally have it down. These cute little loaves never stay around for very long in my house. This tasty treat allows my family to get in our sweet fixes though a healthy means…it’s a win-win for all.
First, if you don’t know about quinoa, let me school you. Quinoa is a “grain,” well…not really, but it’s close. It’s the most nutritious grain-like seed available and has been cultivated for centuries. Quinoa will fulfill your cravings for carbs (like pasta and rice), but without the guilt, gluten (and gut). Quinoa naturally has a low glycemic index, which is great for those watching their sugars. Still not sold?
- Quinoa is a complete protein and also contains all nine essential amino acids
- Quinoa is high in fiber and and has niacin (these will help not only maintain, but also lower cholesterol)
- Quinoa is quite mild and almost buttery, which makes it very versatile (you can use it in place of rice or pasta, making your dishes much more healthy)
In this recipe I use quinoa flour, which is made by simply grinding quinoa into a flour. I have used Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa Flour in the past, and I like it just fine, but I recently discovered that my local health food store sells it in bulk with a prettier price tag. 😉 With a quick Google search you can find a 22oz (1lb 6oz) bag for around $10 and have it mailed to your door (again, it’s much, much cheaper in bulk).
Now, what is this carob I speak of? What a gem of a find this has been for me! Because of crazy food allergies in my household, almost all chocolates are off limits. Boo! I was really bummed at first, but then I started doing my research and found a substitute…carob. It’s crazy, but I like it even better than regular cocoa powder…truly and sincerely! It is similar to a dark chocolate…yum. Here’s the lowdown on carob…
- Carob comes from the carob pod, which is grown on carob trees in warm climates (like California in the US)
- It is very high in protein (up to 80%)
- Carob does not contain the stimulants caffeine or theobromine (found in cocoa), so yes, Oliver…you may have another piece of carob mini loaf before bedtime 😉
- Carob is great for food allergy sufferers
I purchase carob at my local health food store in bulk (just over $1lb), but again, with a quick Google search I found just over 1lb of carob powder for about $4.
Alright, now that you’ve been schooled are you ready to create my delicious Quinoa Carob Mini Loaves? Let’s do it!
|Quinoa Carob Mini Loaves (recipe makes 8 mini loaves)|
I hope that you aren’t intimidated to make these delicious loaves. I know that using new ingredients can be a bit intimidating, but this recipe really is incredibly easy, they are remarkably tasty, and you will be treating your family and you to a healthy, sweet treat!
Let me know when you try these Quinoa Carob Mini Loaves!
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy
This recipe has been entered into a contest with The Blueberry Council (Little Blue Dynamos)!
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