We’ve all sat on the couch before with our favorite TV show playing and some delicious homemade cookies in hand. This is typically where my pup walks up and gives me the biggest, saddest puppy eyes he can, just begging for a bite. Unfortunately for them, it’s a quick decision to tell them “No” as the cookies contain chocolate or cocoa powder which can be harmful to dogs.
I’ve recently started substituting Carob in most of my baking recipes for this reason. Well, for that reason and because my dogs get into anything and everything, and I don't want to risk them getting into a bag of chocolate chips one day. Now I can share my delicious baked goods with my furry family any time!
What is Carob?
Carob is becoming more and more well know as the “healthier” alternative to cocoa and chocolate. Carob is harvested from carob trees. The pods contain a sweet pulp that is dried, roasted, and then ground into a powder.
How is Carob Different from Cocoa?
Just like cocoa, carob grows in pods on a tree. The difference (other than the tree the pod was harvested from) is which part of the pod is used. A carob pod typically contains a brown edible pulp and tiny inedible seeds. After being fully dried out, the pulp is roasted and ground down into a powder. Cocoa powder on the other hand, is made from the edible beans from inside the cocoa pod. Aside from how it’s made, carob and cocoa have many health and flavor differences as well.
Carob can be purchased in a powder form or as chips similar to chocolate chips.
While carob is naturally sweeter than cocoa, it could never compete with the well known flavor of chocolate. Carob has a sweet, nutty, roasted flavor, which is just as delicious in my opinion.
Carob contains as much Vitamin B1 as asparagus or strawberries and the same amount of niacin as lima beans, lentils, or peas. It also contains more vitamin A than eggplant, asparagus, beets, and cocoa powder while also being high in vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Carob is also caffeine-free!
Is Carob Safe for Dogs?
Carob is 100% natural, safe and healthy for your dog. So next time you’re sitting on the couch treating yourself to some tasty carob chip cookies, don’t forget about your canine companion, throw a little chunk of cookie his way so you can both enjoy! You could even try out this delicious Carob Chip Cookie Recipe that both you and your pups will love!
Carob Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour - 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup old fashioned or quick oats - 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar - 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 cup carob chips (NOT chocolate chips)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1.) Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking pans with silicone mats or parchment paper; set aside. In medium bowl, whisk both flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2.) In large bowl, using an electric mixer, mix shortening, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy; about 1 minute.
3.) Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue to mix.
4.)Stir in carob morsels. If dough is too dry, hand mix until chips are evenly dispersed.
5.) Roll about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough into the shape of a ball, separating about 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking pans. Lightly press the tops of each dough ball to give a slight disk shape.
6.) Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool in pan for 5 to 10 minutes before removing.
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