I was surprised to see you can't buy AIP compliant carob "chocolate" chips online. The store bought varieties I found contain suspect ingredients such as beet sugar and soy lecithin (in most cases likely GMO) as well as other emulsifiers. No thank you!
So I decided I'd make my own. Now, I could have lined a small container with parchment paper, made a bar and chopped it into chip-sized morsels, however I don't want to "make do". I wanted them to look like they were store bought. In fact, to use the words of my daughter several years ago, "I just want something from a packet!"
I went onto Amazon and found, and highly recommend I might add, these awesome chocolate chip molds. The chips pop out very easily without any breaking or sticking, and they look the real deal!
Use these choc chips in my awesome sweetener free Banana Carob "Chocolate" Chip Cake. Other good things to make with carob are my Homemade Carob "Chocolate" Bars. And if you can't get the molds mentioned above, making and chopping these bars into morsels will be a fine second best! Try my Carob and Plum Cake - when it's not plum season it's equally amazing with apricots, cherries or pears. And everyone's favourite treat, Vanilla Carob Ice Cream Bars - think Kondike gone healthy.
AIP Carob "Chocolate" Chips
Makes 3/4 cup
Download the recipe here!
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut butter
6 tbsp carob powder
Put 1/2 inch worth of water into a medium pan and bring up to a gentle simmer. Put the coconut oil and coconut butter into a heatproof bowl that will sit nicely on top of the pan. When the water is simmering, set the bowl over the top and allow the contents to melt, stirring frequently. Remove the bowl from the heat, wipe the underside dry and sit it on a cloth, on your counter top.
Add the carob powder 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well between additions to thoroughly incorporate. Continue until you have added all the carob, and the mixture is smooth.
Lay your chocolate chip molds onto flat trays. Using a syringe, pipette, piping bag or a small spoon, fill the molds to the top. Tap the tray gently on the counter top so that you remove any air bubbles in the carob mix. Place into the refrigerator for at least an hour until set. Remove the chips and keep in a container in the fridge until needed. You will have extra mixture so keep this to one side and when the first batch has set and been removed, fill the molds once again, melting the mixture in the same way that you did at the start.