Homemade Carob Apple Dog Treats are an excellent and healthy way to show your furry friend that you love them. Made with natural ingredients, these treats are perfect for dogs that are allergic to traditional dog treats or have dietary restrictions. In this blog post, we will provide you with a simple recipe for making Homemade Carob Apple Dog Treats that are easy to make and will delight your dog’s taste buds.
What is Carob?
Carob has been used for thousands of years as a food source and is now commonly used as a substitute for chocolate in many recipes due to its similar taste and texture. Carob comes from the carob tree, also known as Ceratonia siliqua. The carob tree is native to the Mediterranean region, including parts of Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Southern Europe. The tree produces long pods that contain carob seeds, which are then processed to make carob powder.
Why Carob is a Great Choice for Dogs
Carob is an excellent choice for dogs as it is a safe alternative to chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs. Carob is also rich in antioxidants, fiber, and minerals, making it a healthy choice for dogs. Additionally, carob is low in fat and calories, which makes it an excellent choice for dogs that are overweight or prone to obesity.
Why Apples are a Great Choice for Dogs
As the human saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. This may not be exactly true for dogs, but apples are still a healthy, nutritious choice for our furry friends. Apples can help to freshen a dog’s breath, and are a good source of vitamin A and C, as well as dietary fibre. The antioxidants in apples can help strengthen you dog’s immune system, while the fibre can help regulate digestion and prevent constipation.
When feeding apples to your dog, keep in mind that seeds contain a small amount of cyanide, which is toxic to dogs in large amounts. Seeds and core should always be removed prior to baking or serving.
Benefits of Homemade Carob Dog Treats
Homemade Carob Dog Treats have numerous benefits. First, they allow you to control the quality and source of the ingredients, ensuring that your dog is getting only the best. Second, Homemade Carob Dog Treats are free from artificial preservatives, additives, and flavors, which can be harmful to your dog’s health. Third, Homemade Carob Dog Treats are cost-effective, as they are less expensive than store-bought dog treats.
Homemade Carob Dog Treats Recipe
Prep: 10 mins
Bake: 15-20 mins
Yield: about 32 medium
- 1.5 cups of dog safe flour (we used 1/2 cup oat flour, 1 cup chickpea flour)
- 1/2 cup of carob powder
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce or 1/2 cup of baked apple (without core, seeds or skin)
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 egg
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and carob powder.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the unsweetened applesauce, water, and egg.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface until it becomes smooth.
- Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut it into small shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Place the treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the treats are firm and lightly browned.
- Remove the treats from the oven and let them cool completely before serving them to your dog.
For moist treats, store in an air-tight container up to 1 week at air temperature. Freeze in air tight container up to 6 months.
For dry, crispy treats, store in an air-tight container up to 6 months.
Note: Once cooled, if treats have not reached desired dryness, they can be placed back in to the oven to dry out further
Homemade Carob Dog Treats are a healthy and tasty alternative to store-bought dog treats. Made with natural ingredients, these treats are free from artificial preservatives, additives, and flavors. Additionally, Homemade Carob Dog Treats are easy to make and cost-effective. By following the recipe outlined in this blog post, you can make delicious and healthy treats that your furry friend will love. So go ahead and spoil your dog with a batch of Homemade Carob Dog Treats today!
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