Carob As a Chocolate Substitute For Dogs

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Dogs crave chocolate, too. In fact, if they have even a small taste of it, they will try to seek out more. But chocolate can be poisonous to dogs.

That's why carob can be a great chocolate substitute for dogs: it has a mild, sweet flavor and the color of dark chocolate, without any of the harmful stuff for dogs.

Try this tasty dog treat recipe that uses carob powder.

Why Chocolate is Harmful For Dogs

Chocolate contains theobromine, a natural stimulant found in the cocoa bean. The darker the chocolate, the higher the amount of theobromine.

Dogs can't metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans. So it builds up in their bodies and poisons them.

Small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting and diahrrea, while larger amounts can cause hyperactivity, tremors, high blood pressure, a rapid heart rate, seizures, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest.

What Is Carob?

Carob comes from the seed pods of an ancient tree, the carob tree, which grows in Mediterranean regions of Greece, Spain, Catalonia, and Sicily.

Carob seeds, also known as locust beans, are typically processed into chips, powder, or syrup form. It can be used in baked goods such as cakes and cookies as a chocolate substitute for those who are sensitive to caffeine.

Compared to dark chocolate, carob has a sweet and earthy taste, whereas chocolate has a sweet taste with bitter overtones.

And carob doesn't contain theobromine, the chemical harmful to dogs, so it's a great solution when you want to give your dog a sweet treat.

Working With Carob

When adding carob to baked goods such as cakes, you'll want to use powdered carob or the syrup. This will give your baked goods a rich, dark color and mild, earthy sweetness.

Carob also comes in a chip form, which is made by processing the carob with palm oil. This can be a great way to add carob to cookies, or for melting and adding a carob-coating to your treats.

Melting carob chips can be tricky!

The first time I tried it, the carob became very dry and remained lumpy even as I stirred it. Because carob has a lower fat content than chocolate, it's more delicate and requires a bit more care when melting.

See my tips for melting carob chips.

Carob as a chocolate substitute for dogs can be a great way to give them a sweet treat without the harmful chemicals of chocolate!

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