Christmas Carob Dog Treat Recipe

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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!

Use doggy-safe carob to stuff his stocking with homemade treats that are made with love.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.

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.