Dog Carob Treat Recipe

Dog Carob Treat Recipe

While flowers, candy hearts, and chocolate are popular Valentine's Day gifts for humans, they are not appropriate for your four-legged loved one. Chocolate is especially dangerous and can even be deadly to dogs as it contains theobromine, a chemical that belongs to the class of chemicals that also includes caffeine. As an alternative to chocolate, this recipe calls for carob — a tropical Caribbean pod that tastes very similar to chocolate but is considered safe for dogs.

All you “knead” is love and a few ingredients to make these carob treats for dogs.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup carob chips
  • ½ cup unsalted peanut butter (be sure it doesn't contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol)
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 ½ cups warm water
  • Heart-shaped or holiday-inspired cookie cutters

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
    2. Combine peanut butter, flour, oats, and water into a large bowl and mix well.
    3. Once dough forms, knead it on a lightly floured surface until firm. Tip: Add a little water if the dough is too sticky to handle.
    4. Roll the dough out to about an inch in thickness and cut out shapes using your cookie cutters or a small knife.
    5. Bake for 40 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the treats stay in the oven until they harden (about 1 to 2 hours).
    6. Prepare your carob chips by melting them in a double broiler (or other indirect heat source) while stirring occasionally.
    7. Once the treats have cooled, dip them into the melted carob and place on a cooling rack until carob hardens.

Recipe inspired by HGTV.com. This article contains recipe information that is considered suitable for pets. However, it is important to consult with your veterinarian before offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.

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Dr. Sam Gilbert, VMD

Sam Gilbert, VMD

Raised in Northern Virginia, Dr. Sam Gilbert received both his BSE and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gilbert completed a one-year small animal internship and additional surgical training before relocating to New Jersey for roles in the medical device and animal health industries. Dr. Gilbert currently serves as the Zoetis Petcare HQ Medical Lead for pet owner directed initiatives in dermatology and cross-portfolio therapeutic areas. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and cat.