How to Make Carob Chips

Updated February 21, 2017

Carob powder is a mild sweetener that is made by grinding the seed pods of the carob tree. It is commonly used as a chocolate substitute in vegan recipes, as the flavour is similar to that of cocoa. The colour and texture of carob chips is nearly identical to chocolate chips. This recipe yields 2 cups of unsweetened carob chips which can be used in any recipe that calls for chocolate chips.

Sieve 1 cup of carob powder by pouring it through a wire mesh strainer. Press all of the large chunks through the mesh with a spoon, and then measure the powder again. Sieve more powder if less than a cup is measured.

Place 5/8 cup of coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Melt the coconut oil, and then pour into a mixing bowl with the sieved carob powder and stir until a thick paste is formed.

Use a stick of butter to liberally grease a baking sheet. Spread the thick carob paste over the baking sheet at a thickness of about ¼ inch, and then transfer to the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes or until hard.

Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and use a sharp knife to cut the sheet of carob into ¼ inch wide strips. Cut the strips into small, ¼ inch size squares, and then use a spatula to remove them from the baking sheet.

Place the carob chips into a large zippered plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. The carob chips can be used in any recipe requiring chocolate chips or chunks, or can be eaten plain as a snack.


Add 3/8 cup of an alcohol sweetener, such as sorbitol, xylitol or erythritol, to the melted coconut oil and sieved carob powder to make the carob chips sweeter. Use ½ cup and 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil instead of 5/8 cup if sweetening.


Keep the carob chips in the refrigerator at all times unless preparing to use. At room temperature, the chips will melt and lose all form.

Things You'll Need

  • Carob powder
  • Strainer
  • Spoon
  • Coconut oil
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Butter
  • Baking sheet
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Zippered plastic bag
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