We're in the middle of a snow day here, and while a big part of what I want to do is just huddle under a blanket and watch a movie, another big part of me is in the mood of baking, since eating delicious baked goods right out of the oven, while amazing any time, is even more of a treat on a chilly wintry day.
So I'm going to leave you with this awesome recipe for carob muffins that I made the other day. I made mine gluten free and refined sugar free, but you can make yours with gluten and white sugar to keep down the costs if you don't have nay food restrictions. It is naturally vegan- no need for any egg replacements. It is allergy friendly- top 8 free.
Carob is said to taste similarly to chocolate, but to be honest, it doesn't taste exactly the same, just similar. But it also tastes kind of like spice cake somehow, so ends up being really tasty combined with cinnamon.
This is now my go-to recipe for carob powder, and since I have a lot of carob growing nearby, can't wait to make some more carob powder (soon as the snow melts) so that I can make these muffins again.
This makes 18 muffins.
2 cups all purpose flour or any gluten free all purpose flour mix- or 1 cup green buckwheat flour and 1 cup short grain rice flour (I didn't use any xanthan gum)
2/3 cup carob powder- either homemade carob powder (in which case, use the finer powdery stuff, not the meal) or store bought.
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup coconut sugar or 1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup oil (any is fine)
1 1/4 cup water
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
2. Whisk them together to ensure you have a uniform mixture.
3. Add the liquid ingredients.
4. Whisk again to ensure there are no clumps.
5. Put in muffin tins and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
P.S. I'm pretty sure this would work just as well as a cake, either in two 9x9 or 2-3 loaf pans, but I haven't tried it myself, so you'll have to try it out and tell me how it works.
Have you ever baked with carob before? What have you made? Has your family enjoyed it?
What do you like to do on snow days? Is baking on your radar when it is cold out?