Here at Veterinarious, we celebrate every holiday with our dogs. Sometimes that means fun outings, sometimes it means special presents, but you can pretty much guarantee it always means special treats.
If you celebrate Easter, whether that means a nice turkey dinner or a chocolate egg hunt, this year, let your pup celebrate too! These Easter treats for dogs are a fun play on a chocolate Easter favorite, but without the chocolate.
Carob – Dog-safe “Chocolate”
We all know that chocolate is a no-go for dogs. It contains a compound called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. And of course those chocolaty treats can also contain other no-gos like caffeine, sugars, or sweeteners like xylitol. The high fat content isn’t good either.
Carob, on the other hand, is a definite go!
Carob is the fruit harvested from the carob tree. With a mildly sweet flavor, it functions almost just like chocolate. Carob powder has been used in health foods as an alternative to cocoa powder for humans for years, but humans aren’t the only ones who benefit. Pups can too!
And benefit they do!
Carob contains a variety of healthy nutrients:
- vitamins A, B, and D
How to Make Easter Treats for Dogs
A few simple ingredients are all you need to make healthy, delicious Easter treats for dogs.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp carob powder (or melted carob drops)
- beetroot juice for color (optional)
- Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler
- Stir in the the carob powder (or melted carob drops)
- Add the beetroot juice if you are using it
- Pour the liquid into small moulds or an ice cube tray
- Refrigerate until thoroughly set
Store cool or refrigerated (coconut oil can soften or melt at room temperature). They’re good in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
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