Well, I can’t have chocolate any more (thank you pregnancy hormones). I’m not too disappointed because the cocoa industry is filled with slavery and child exploitation. For those of you who can still enjoy chocolate, please buy Fair Trade.
Carob doesn’t have the same stimulant profile as chocolate. Theobromine, the stuff in cocoa that is super toxic to dogs, is only found in trace amounts in carob. Carob also is considered caffeine free. So if you’re taking a chocolate break because of pregnancy hormones or to share dessert with your pooch, you can still have these brownies.
5 oz carob chips, unsweetened
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
Heat in sauce pan until melted. Stir constantly with a heat-resistant silicon spatula. Remove from heat and stir to cool to about 110 degrees F. You should be able to touch it. Add:
1 TB vanilla
Whip vigorously to incorporate. Then add:
1 Cup rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
5 oz carob chips
Incorporate fully then turn out into 8×8 square greased and floured baking dish. Spread evenly to corners.
Cream cheese mix:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Whip together with electric mixer until uniform. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture onto brownie mixture in baking dish. Use a table knife to slice the cream cheese mixture into the brownie mixture. This will make marbles.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until pick inserted into center of brownie batter comes out clean. Rice flour brownies take longer to cook than wheat flour brownies and should be cooked completely. Cool at least 10 minutes before slicing for even cuts.