I first came across Asparagus Thin through Gluten-Free Mommy’s Gluten Free Menu Swap. I was intrigued by her international, healthy recipes and adventurous meal planning. I had thought about trying one of her recipes, but hadn’t had time yet when I came across her Gluten-Free Carob Brownie Recipe. I was immediately excited because I’ve been meaning to experiment more with carob and I had a big tin of carob powder in my pantry waiting for an opportunity like this. For the health conscious, carob doesn’t contain caffeine and is usually well tolerated by those allergic to chocolate. For this lunchbox edition of “Adopt-a-gluten-free-Blogger” I decided to make her recipe. After all, what lunchbox is complete without a little something sweet for dessert? The only ingredient that threw me was the sugar substitute. Perhaps in keeping with the Asparagus Thin name, the newly engaged Manda uses sugar substitutes in baking. I don’t use artificial sweeteners, but I thought perhaps agave nectar would be a good natural substitute. But I had a feeling that Manda’s proportions were for a powdered sugar substitute. Hmm. I decided to use 3/4 of a cup of agave nectar instead of sugar to combat the differences between liquid and dry materials, and otherwise followed the recipe as written. It baked nicely, and although at first I was afraid I might have overbaked it, my fears turned out to be groundless. The funny thing is that while the recipe was good hot, I actually found that I liked the texture and flavor better at room temperature or cooler. For some reason, a lower temperature brought out the subtle flavor of the carob. Also, at room temperature or cooler, the brownies seemed less chewy and more fluffy, oddly enough. It turns out the DH is not a big fan of carob, but I really enjoyed this recipe. I only wish I could find a gluten-free carob chip to add to them- I think that would take them from a tasty and almost healthy sweet to a real decadent yum-fest. Anyone know of any source of gluten-free carob chips?
This is a wonderful recipe for anyone interested in experimenting with carob. I hope you’ll check out more of Asparagus Thin’s tasty recipes, such as her Shundal Chickpea Snacks, Intriguing Cinnamon Mevlana Pilaf, or her Coconut Pumpkin Potato Curry. They would all be wonderful in a tiffin (an Indian lunch box) or as a tasty dinner at home.
*In the spirit of our Lunchbox/Tiffin/Bento theme, these carob brownies are pictured in a lovely metal tin I bought at a market in India. I inverted the tin and used it as a “brownie-cutter” to get a brownie the perfect shape. And then someone had to eat the scraps left, so… well… I did. Tough life, this food blogging business. :)
Interested in more gluten-free carob recipes?
Gluten-Free Coconut Carob Cake Recipe
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Carob Cookie Recipe
Gluten-Free Carob Devil’s Food Cake Recipe
Gluten-Free Healthy Carob Brownies
Carob Banana Smoothie Recipe
Coconut Carob Truffle Recipe- with chocolate
Enjoy! I have found some seriously tempting carob recipes in the process of writing this post- I think it’s time for me to spend more quality time in the kitchen with my tin of carob! Please share the URL if you have a post with a tasty gluten-free carob recipes and I’ll add it to the list.
Have you enjoyed some gluten-free carob today?