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I am not really sure what carob is made of, should it be more of a "sometimes food"?

I am trying to avoid giving my one year old daughter food with little nutritional value. While I was pregnant, I discovered a great recipe for healthy oaty cookies which are made with dried fruit and apple concentrate instead of sugar, and unsweetened carob instead of chocolate. I am not really sure what carob is made of so was wondering if it should be more of a sometimes food or if it is ok as a regular snack for my toddler?

Leann...
Answer: Hi There, Well done to you! Carob is fabulous for little ones, we have carob bites in the cupboard a lot (organic puffed rice covered in carob). Carob is a pod from a tree, a little like cocoa beans, actually they look more like vanilla pods to be honest. All natural and great. Carob is caffeine free, and while carob compared to cocoa is lower in fat and sugar, it is what happens to it in production that is important. Often fat and sugar are added along the way so just check labels of carob products. Carob is also reputed to be a reasonable source of calcium. So your recipe sounds brill! Don`t forget to opt for naturally sundried fruit (brands without 221/sulphur dioxide). Bon appetite, Leanne
Answered: 15 May 2009