Carob Dog Cookie Recipe

By Valdette Muller| February 13, 2019 | Blog

We love our dogs so much it is no surprise that we pet owners enjoy spoiling them.

During the Valentine month of February, we give and receive gifts our selves and from others. The most common of these gifts is chocolates.

Sadly, chocolates are toxic and very harmful to our pets. So, to prevent spoiling V-day with an unexpected trip to the vet, make sure you keep these tempting morsels hidden away this February. Thankfully there is a better and more healthy alternative to chocolate both for you and your dog.

What is Carob?

Carob is made from the seed pods of the carob tree. Native to the Mediterranean region (scientifically known as Ceratonia siliqua). Carob powder is low in fat and high in fiber. The powder can be found and purchased at any health food store and some grocery stores. It makes an excellent substitute for cocoa and can be used in the same way to add a chocolate flavour to drinks, baked goods and confectionery. It contains no caffeine, phenylethylamine, fromamide nore large amounts of theobromine which is what makes ordinary chocolate and coco powder so toxic for dogs and cats.

It is a hypoallergenic and can be powdered like cocoa, made into chips, or melted for dipping. It is naturally sweetened, which means we do not need to add sugar to sweeten like we would with chocolate. Most dogs simply cannot resist Carob dipped biscuits, or even carob dipped medication!

Here is a step-by-step recipe for Carob dog cookie treats.

Carob Dog Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup carob powder (available at health food stores, some grocery stores)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flou

Directions

  1. Combine the water and yeast. It is important to note that unbaked yeast dough is extremely toxic to dogs, so make sure to keep this dough out of reach until after it has been baked. (This recipe may also be mixed in a bread-making machine. Use the “dough” cycle on the bread-making machine, then remove the dough and divide it into 3 equal portions.)
  2. Blend the yeast mixer with carob powder and the vegetable oil. Slowly mix in the whole wheat flour, the cornmeal and the all purpose flour. (See flour substitution options below.)
  3. To prevent the dough from sticking, sprinkle and spoonful of flour onto your rolling pin (if it’s non-stick) and your working surface (pastry board, granite counter, cutting board).

Carob dog cookie roll out dough

  1. Roll the dough out to 6 mm thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters of your choice.
  2. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet or non-greased silicone baking mat. Bake for 55 minutes at 135º C.

This recipe yields 44 cookies on average.

For crispy cookies (good for tartar prevention on dogs’ teeth) let the cookies dry overnight in the cooling, turned-off oven.

Store cookies in an airtight container or in the refrigerator. You may also freeze cookies, just allow them to thaw out before presenting to your dog.

We advise that you discuss any change in your pet’s diet with your veterinarian before introducing to a new food — including a cookie treat.

Substitutions for Wheat Flour

If you would like to use a flour other than wheat, consider the following:

Coconut flour: You cannot substitute coconut flour for wheat flour at a 1:1 ratio. They are not equivalent. Coconut flour is very absorbent and very little is needed to successfully produce a recipe. In baked goods, you generally want to substitute between 1/4 cups and 1/3 cups of coconut flour for 1 cup of grain-based flour.

Rice flour: It is recommended that you substitute 7/8 cups of rice flour for one cup of wheat flour. However, rice flour tends to have a grainy texture. A smoother texture can be obtained by mixing the rice flour with the liquid called for in the recipe, bringing the mixture to a boil and cooling it before adding to other ingredients. In this particular recipe, however, there is not any liquid required. Since these are dog cookies, the texture may not be an issue. Coarse cookies are best for dogs’ teeth to break down tartar.

Oat flour: One cup of wheat flour is approximately 3/4 cup of oat flour. Oat flour can be hard to find, so consider making it yourself by grinding or pureeing rolled oats. Rule of thumb: 1 and 1/4 cups of rolled oats is equivalent to 1 cup of oat flour. It is important to note that oat flour tends to make baked goods more moist than wheat flour.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Recipe by Nation Wide, Pet Health Zone

Sources: https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/health-connection-organic-carob-powder?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIisTL-PSh4AIVQtbACh0uxwgPEAAYASAAEgLCFvD_BwE

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