These yummy treats have hints of banana, peanut butter and what LOOKS like chocolate. That’s the surprise, chocolate free but sure looks like it, and 100% dog safe.
Careful though, your dog loving friends might knock these treats right out of your hand as you offer them to your pup, (or you may even be tempted to try one yourself). You’ll have to reassure them that the chocolate look alike on top is just melted carob.
Banana, Peanut Butter and Carob Easter Surprise Dog Treats
1 banana- mashed
1 cup Oat Flour
2/3 cup rolled or flaked oats
½ cup fresh chopped parsley
3 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
½ cup carob chips-melted
- Preheat Oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 160 degrees Celcius
- Mash the banana
- Place the oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg in a bowl. Add the banana and mix well.
- Roll into 1” round balls. (You will want to remove jewelry; this stuff is sticky.)
- Place on a lined cookie sheet.
- Bake in 300F degrees (150C) oven for 40 minutes until slightly golden on the outside.
- Allow to cool.
- In a double boiler or using a pot with water in the bottom and a bowl on top over low heat, melt carob chips. Use a spatula to mix until smooth. TIP: Carob crystalizes over high heat so keep your heat on low/low-medium.
- Dip balls in melted carob and set on parchment paper.
- Chill in fridge. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
- TIP: When selecting peanut butter to make dog treats, ensure you use only purchase natural peanut butter containing only natural ingredients and no sweeteners.
Theobromine is found in chocolate and is highly toxic to dogs. Carob looks and tastes similar to chocolate but is a safe alternative and dogs LOVE it.
Unlike chocolate, carob does not contain theobromine, caffeine, formamide, or phenylethylamine- dangerous ingredients to your dog. It does contain vitamins A, B, and D as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein and contains pectin which helps flush toxins from the body as well as fiber.
Parsley is not only nutritious, but it helps to soothe the stomach and combats stinky dog breath.
Many products are sweetened with artificial sweeteners including Xylitol which is extremely toxic in small doses and can be lethal.