browniesDedicated, generous, and caring, Debi and Tom Athos have devoted their lives to children, family, and the planet. They also create fun times and great healthy meals for their large family in Asheville, NC. Debi and Tom founded Organicfest and the company Natural Lifestyles Supplies with the highest quality food and cookware. Chef Tom, as he is known, creates these delicious carob brownies. Carob has no caffeine and more nutrients than chocolate. You will fall in love with these brownies on Valentine’s or any other day.

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup carob powder
½ cup soy or almond milk
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup safflower oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch sea salt

 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine carob powder, syrup, oil, soy milk, and vanilla in medium size bowl mix well with a whisk or large spoon. 
2. Mix pastry flour, baking powder and sea salt together in a bowl. Pour carob mixture into flour and mix well.
3.  Lightly oil baking pan or glass baking dish and powder lightly with flour. Pour brownie mixture into baking dish, smooth top, place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Variations: Top brownies with organic pecans or walnuts before baking. Or put some inside the batter, bake and enjoy!
Did you know…Carob comes from the pods of the Mediterranean locust tree. The carob pods are roasted and ground into a sweet powder that has a similar flavor of sweetened chocolate. Carob is often used as a chocolate substitute because it is naturally sweet and caffeine free. Carob is also high in calcium, too. Organic Chef Tom  has been cooking natural foods for over forty-five years. He has cooked in natural restaurants across the USA including the East West Cookery in New York City, 7th Inn in Boston, The Unicorn in Miami Beach and his own restaurant, The Garden Cookery in Maine. He is the founder of Natural Lifestyle Online Market  now owned and operated by his daughter, Jasmin.

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