Recipe for Homemade Dog Treats with Carob Chips

by Lisa Miller
    Carob is safe for dogs to eat.

    Carob is safe for dogs to eat.

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    While we may love chocolate, that sweet treat is decidedly bad for our canine companions. According to WebMD, chocolate can cause severe illness and death, even in very small doses. Luckily carob, a legume rich in protein and vitamins that mimics the flavor of cocoa, is completely dog-safe. Adding carob chips to your homemade dog treats can boost the nutritional value and the flavor, something that your dog is sure to appreciate.

    Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Step 2

    Combine the baking powder, oats and wheat flour in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until well mixed.

    Step 3

    Place the peanut butter in a small, microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave for a few seconds, until the peanut butter just becomes malleable and easy to stir.

    Step 4

    Add milk, eggs and honey to the peanut butter and stir until completely combined.

    Step 5

    Pour the peanut butter mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat together with a hand mixer on a medium-low setting until just combined. The mixture will resemble a very thick cookie dough.

    Step 6

    Fold in the carob chips gently, making sure to incorporate them throughout the dough. You may use more or fewer carob chips, depending on personal taste.

    Step 7

    Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the treats turn golden brown. Allow treats to cool completely before giving them to your dog.

    Items You Will Need

    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 3/4 cup unflavored rolled oats
    • 1 tablespoons baking powder
    • 1/4 to 1 cup carob chips
    • 1 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • Large mixing bowl
    • Small mixing bowl
    • Hand mixer
    • Cookie sheet

    Tips

    • You can add roasted carob powder to the dry ingredients for extra cocoa flavor.
    • These treats may be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or frozen for six months.

    Warning

    • Do not overfeed your dog. Consult with your veterinarian about your dog's individual nutritional needs.

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    About the Author

    Lisa Miller has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work can be found on Associated Content and eHow. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Missouri Southern State University, and is currently a full-time graduate student working on her master's in experimental psychology.

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