My husband gets migraines when he eats chocolate. What could a person use to replace cocoa in recipes -eg. - I have a brownie recipe. Should the cocoa be replaced with flour or something else. Thanks
Gloria from Saskatchewan
Many people who are unable to eat chocolate use carob (powder). It doesn't taste exactly like chocolate but it's a very good substitute. I haven't bought any in years but I think you can get it in health food stores. My Mom used to use it all the time. I hope this helps. My daughter-in-law gets migraines from chocolate, too.
Try using powderd Carob from the health food store. Or you can get it in chunks like chocolate. However, it isn't chocolate in any way and tastes almost just like it. My husband can't use chocolate and he says he can't tell the difference when I make brownies out of Carob.
It won't really taste like chocolate without the chocolate, but blondies--brownies without the chocolate--are delicious. I don't have a recipe handy but there should be plenty of choices online.
Have you tried white chocolate?
Some brownie recipes can be made without the chocolate, but sugar has to be adjusted. The cocoa requires more sugar so just add less. There are a lot of fudge recipes that way. Also you might try using peanut butter in recipes.
I agree about the carob powder. My Mom gets migraines from chocolate and I bake her things with carob all the time. It's doesn't taste EXACTLY like chocolate, but it sure is tasty all the same.
Lisa from Indiana
If you use brown sugar with the carob powder you will find that the taste is excellent. In fact, I found that brownies with carob and brown sugar (or chocolate cake or anything) were nicer than regular ones made with cocoa and white sugar. Carob choco chips are not quite as good, but the powder for baking is terrific.
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