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Homemade Unsweetened Carob Chips without Palm Oil

How to Make Unsweetened No Palm Oil Carob Chips [Video]

Unsweetened carob chips that are as delicious as chocolate chips, but without the adverse effects of cocoa. Just 2 ingredients, 1 bowl and 10 minutes of your time!

Should you be one of those people intolerant to cocoa, but still wish to enjoy your chocolate chip cookies, then homemade carob chips are for you! My carob chips use no sweeteners or adverse additives and don’t require any advanced cooking skills.

Furthermore, the same recipe can be used to make carob chocolate or carob bars to give you the possibility to enjoy that so-needed piece of chocolate in the afternoon!

Homemade Unsweetened Carob Chips without Palm Oil

My homemade carob chips are:

  • Easy-peasy to make
  • Require no advanced cooking skills
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Candida diet friendly
  • Low glycemic
  • Sweetener-free
  • So versatile!

The ingredients in my carob chips

Most recipes for carob chips use hydrogenated palm kernel oil or coconut oil. Now, the problem with carob chips made with coconut oil is that it’d not be possible to bake with them – they’d simply melt away! Of course, if you want to nibble on them raw, you might as well go for coconut oil, but it’s a definite no-no if you need the chips to stay intact when heated.

Palm oil is an entirely different issue! The palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced, as the land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations.[1] So, do you really want to support all that? Furthermore, while palm oil may have some health benefits, it may also increase certain heart disease risk factors.

Taking all that into consideration, I went for cacao butter, which contains only traces of caffeine and theobromine (more on that in post Carob: Benefits, Uses, Carob vs Cocoa).

Needless to say, the second ingredient in my carob chips recipe is carob.

Homemade Unsweetened Carob Chips without Palm Oil
All you need to make carob chips!

What is carob?

Ceratonia siliqua, known as carob is a flowering evergreen tree in the pea family. It is widely cultivated for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens and landscapes.

The ripe, dried, and sometimes toasted, carob pods are ground into carob powder, which can be used to replace cocoa powder.[2]

As carob is naturally sweet, the powder can be used as sweetener in baked goods, candies, and desserts.

Read more on carob from Carob: Benefits, Uses, Carob vs Cocoa:

  • Carob benefits
  • Uses of carob
  • How to use carob powder in cooking
  • Carob vs cocoa
  • Adverse effects of cocoa
Homemade Unsweetened Carob Chips without Palm Oil

Raw vs roasted carob powder

There are three varieties of carob powder (in terms of roasting):

  • Raw carob powder – either no heat or under 47.7°C (118°F), of a light brown colour. Raw carob is subtly sweet and not at all bitter with a pleasant almost caramel-like taste.
  • Light roasted carob – heated to about 93°C (200°F) and of a lighter-dark brown colour. This variety has the sweetest taste.
  • Dark-roasted carob – high heat roasted up to 204°C (400°F) and of dark brown colour. Resembles cocoa the most as it becomes a bit bitter of taste.

I personally have tasted only the roasted varieties and I can tell you, that the dark-roasted carob is really intense! So, I like to combine the two or use only the light roasted carob.

Make sure to read how to use carob chips or carob chocolate further below!

Finally, I’d love to hear what you think of carob chips – would you give them a try instead of chocolate chips made of cocoa? Let me know in the comments below!

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Homemade Unsweetened Carob Chips without Palm Oil

Unsweetened Carob Chips

  • Author: Nele Liivlaid
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 100 grams 1x


Unsweetened carob chips that are as delicious as chocolate chips, but without the adverse effects of cocoa. Just 2 ingredients, 1 bowl and 10 minutes of your time!




  1. Start by melting cocoa butter in a double boiler (or in microwave).
  2. Then, whisk carob powder into the melted cocoa butter. You may use only light roasted carob or a blend with dark-roasted carob. I’d suggest adding not more than a tablespoon though as dark-roasted carob is quite intense.
  3. Next, pour the liquid mass into a small cake tin or bread loaf lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Finally, place the firmed carob chocolate onto chopping board and using a sharp knife, chop it into as small pieces as you like. Store in a glass jar in fridge.


You’d get 13.5 GL points

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Category: Desserts


  • Serving Size: 100g / 3.5oz
  • Calories: 607.6 kCal
  • Sodium: 15.8mg
  • Fat: 55.3g (82% of kcal)
  • Carbohydrates: 40g (26% of kcal)
  • Fiber: 17.9g
  • Protein: 2.1g (1.4% of kcal)

How to use carob chips and carob chocolate:

You can use carob chips anywhere you’d use chocolate chips:

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Homemade Unsweetened Carob Chips without Palm Oil


  1. This is great, Nele, I’m excited to try to make my own carob chips now. Do you think you could come up with a good candida-friendly chocolate or carob smoothie? 🙂

    • Nele Liivlaid

      I’m so glad Lauren! 🙂 Do you mean like a sweet (dessert) smoothie? I’m not into smoothies myself at all, but I could make an effort if there’s demand 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Cunneff

    I purchased carob chips to melt over cookies, but it separated into an oily mess with a gritty very UNsmooth texture in the rest. Now, I am pretty determined to make this recipe work, so I’m casting around for the right product that’s a little less difficult to work with. Any tips?

  3. Mike Tuchscherer

    Thanks for publishing this recipe, delicious results!

  4. I tried the recipe but my carob turned chunky and the oils from the cocoa butter seperated. Any ideas?

    • Hi Tiffany! Did you add carob gradually and whisk? You could also start mixing the liquid cacao butter into carob gradually. Let me know how it goes!
      Although, as you can see from the video, I poured all the carob into butter. If your carob has chunks in it, I suggest sieving it first.

  5. Just wondering if this needs to be tempered to stay crunchy like chocolate?

    • Hi! Since the main ingredients are cacao butter and carob I guess it’s act similarly to chocolate. I never have tempered it, so I can’t tell for sure. But yes, without tempering it melts quite quickly between the fingers. Thanks for this idea 😊 I need to try it out myself!

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