Christmas Carob Dog Treat Recipe

No chocolate for dogs this holiday season! Use doggy-safe carob instead to stuff his stocking with homemade treats that are made with love.


When the holidays roll around, I know one thing that’s for sure. There will be chocolate. A lot of chocolate. I won’t be able to escape it and I will gorge myself sick on it. As you know, dogs can’t partake in this holiday tradition because chocolate is toxic to them. But there’s a chocolate alternative that’s perfectly safe for dog’s to nom on – carob! It’s a little messy to melt, but once you get the hang of it, the results are tasty. Hope your holidays are as sweet as these treats!


Christmas Carob Dog Treat Recipe

Makes 20 cookies


Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


1 tablespoon Brewer’s Yeast


1 egg


¼ cup broth or water


5 drops mint flavoring


1 tablespoon vegetable oil


1/2 cup of carob chips for dipping


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all ingredients into large bowl. Mix until combined. If dough is still flakey, add broth or water slowly as needed.
  3. Roll out to ¼-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheet.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 30 minutes.
  6. Once cookies are cool, melt carob chips in a double boiler. I added 1/8 cup water and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to make the melted carob mixture smoother.
  7. Dip cookies into melted carob and set on cooling racks or wax paper to harden. Store in airtight containers or bags in the fridge or freezer.


What is Carob and Is It Safe for My Dog?


Dog owners that are looking for fun treats for their dogs will often seen carob as an ingredient. While it does look like chocolate, and is often used as a chocolate substitute, it’s free from the chemicals that make chocolate toxic to our pups. Not only is it safe for our dogs to eat, but it also carries several great health benefits that can actually add to their diets.


Carob is high in vitamin A, B1 and B2, calcium, niacin, iron, and magnesium. It is also high in both fiber and pectin, improving on your dog’s digestion, while also lowering cholesterol, and improving his (or her) absorption of calcium. This is key for improving bone health and preventing osteoporosis. By adding this to your dog’s diet, you’re not only having fun with the chocolate texture, but also boost your pet’s health and well-being.


For your pup, carob has a sweet flavor that naturally draws them in. In fact, carob has been used as a chocolate substitute in human health products for years now. It allows you to enjoy the sweet treat that chocolate provides without the guilt, especially for those that are trying to be mindful of their calorie intake.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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