Carob Dog Biscuit Recipe

With Chickpea and Brown Rice Flours

This dog biscuit recipe is wheat free and gluten free. It uses carob, brown rice flour, and chickpea flour. All natural and healthy ingredients for dogs.

Dog Biscuits with Carob Dogs love the taste of chocolate, which is unfortunately toxic for them. Fortunately, carob is a safe and healthy chocolate substitute.

This dog biscuit recipe is low in fat, high in dietary fiber and protein, as well as trace minerals (e.g. iron, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus).

Health Benefits of Carob

Carob is high in dietary fiber. The fiber in carob contains polyphenol compounds (e.g. flavonoids, quercetin) that are powerful antioxidants. According to a study in the journal "Food and Chemical Toxicology" in 2003, carob is believed to have anti-cancer properties.

Carob also has high mineral contents - it contains high levels of calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, and copper.

In addition, carob is rich in tannins. The tannins found in carob are not water-soluble, so they don't bind to proteins and render them unavailable, as many types of tannin do. Instead, the tannins in carob have a drying effect in the GI system, so carob is helpful for dogs with mild diarrhea. On top of that, the tannins in carob bind to toxins, making them inactive, and they also inhibit bacterial growth.

Although the taste of carob is not, in my opinion, as heavenly as chocolate, my dog seems to think otherwise and really loves anything with carob in it! Hope your dog feels the same way...

Recipe: Gluten-Free Carob Dog Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup carob powder
  • 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flours, carob powder, cinnamon, and coconut flakes.
  3. Add yogurt and mix well.
  4. Add water a little bit at a time until a dough is formed.
  5. Knead a few times and add more water if dough is too dry.
  6. Let the dough sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  7. Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4" thick.
  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
  9. Put cut-out biscuits onto the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes.
  10. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • The dough is a bit soft and difficult to handle. Take care to adjust the amount of water so you have the right consistency.
  • The dough is also a bit sticky - it's best to be rolled out between 2 sheets of saran wrap.
  • If you want the biscuits to be extra hard, let them cool down in the oven after it has been turned off.

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