Wednesday, February 6, 2013

All Natural Fudge For Dogs

Chocolate for dogs for Valentine's Day?

Sure looks like chocolate fudge from the photo. In fact, Christina Chase, the baker, said that she took some samples into her office and a co-worker tasted a treat and remarked that it was too chocolatey!

Christina said that as long as her dogs enjoyed it, that was all that mattered. (They asked for more.)

chocolate for dogs
All natural carob "fudge" for dogs

Of course these homemade dog treats are not made using real chocolate. Chocolate's chemical structure is toxic to dogs and it should not be given to them in any amounts. Carob is used by doggie chefs to create the look of chocolate. Some people also find that ti them, it tastes similar to chocolate....or better.

Now your dog is not going to turn down one of these tasty morsels because it doesn't taste like chocolate. But sometimes you have to please the human dog owners first. One lady told me she will not let her dog eat anything that she doesn't like herself. 

Carob is an all natural product - it is a legume that grows on a carob tree. Some people think it tastes similar to chocolate. It does not have the 
dog-toxic caffeine properties of chocolate.

All Natural Doggie Fudge
(Recipe by "Andea", adapted from "Jeanne Marie Martin")

What you need:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup carob powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Greased baking pan (e.g. brownie pan)
  • Stir the peanut butter and honey in a saucepan over medium heat until softened.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and mix together well.
  • Press the mixture into the greased baking pan. 
  • Let it cool. 
  • Cut into small squares.
  • Decorate with red quinoa for a Valentine's touch

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