Monday, 15 January 2018

{RECIPE} Carob Peanut Butter Cinnamon Heart Dog Treats


Pucker up, valenpups!  These no-bake treats combine the irresistible flavours and scents of carob and peanut butter with breath freshening cinnamon and coconut oil. Smooches for pooches?  Count us in!


The treats were created in layers, as shown, but can also be created as a homogeneous mix  if you prefer, or you can adapt to make without the carob, peanut butter, and/or cinnamon to suit your dog's sensitivities, palette, and/or your own personal preferences. Easy peasy!  My dogs both enjoy coconut oil straight-up, but I created these indulgent treats with special Valentine chocolates as my inspiration.

Carob Peanut Butter Cinnamon Heart Dog Treats

Ingredients can be easily scaled to suit your own mold (see tips and tricks below) and you can strengthen/weaken the flavouring add-ins to suit your preferences. Measurements are indicative only for the treats as pictured. With the exception of the peanut butter, the treats will be firm when chilled no matter what ratios you choose. The peanut butter layer may be slightly softer than the plain/carob layers when chilled instead of frozen, so I've sandwiched it in the middle, just in case. You can use less peanut butter or adapt to omit completely if you wish.  

1 cup coconut oil divided into three lots of 1/3 cup each
Approximately 2 tbsp of carob drops (or a small amount of carob powder, if you prefer)
Approximately 2 tbsp of peanut butter
Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon

Working incrementally so each layer sets to the touch before the next is applied, melt together:
  • Layer 1: 1/3 cup of coconut oil with the carob
  • Layer 2: 1/3 cup of coconut oil with the peanut butter and cinnamon
  • Layer 3: 1/3 cup coconut oil
Layer the liquid into the mold. Tap lightly if needed to evenly cover, and then refrigerate until set to the touch before adding the next layer. Once all layers have been added, refrigerate (or freeze) until thoroughly set before removing from the mold. Store refrigerated or frozen (see tips and tricks below).  


Tips and Tricks:
  • Flexible silicone molds or ice-cube trays work great for making fun little shaped treats.  If you want a precise measure of a specific mold's capacity, you can do a test pour from a measuring cup of water to measure the volume required to fill your tray. Volumes are very easily scaled, and you can customise the type and amount of flavour add-ins to suit your pet. 
  • Be mindful of treat size/consumption relative to your pet's size and any other individual factors. I give my dogs small quantities of coconut oil (often with turmeric as they boost the benefits) on a regular basis, but always in moderated portions.  
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol (E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • Ceylon cinnamon is usually the recommended form of cinnamon for dogs, if used.In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. 
  • Carob drops are often sweetened, whether you are buying them from the human baking good section or specially marketed dog treats. Many are a combination of sugars and oils with carob powder, some are unsweetened carob and oil mixtures.  Yogurt drops are much the same.  Either way, there's nothing wrong with an occasional special treat, but always read your ingredients to know what you're buying and eating/sharing.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated or frozen as coconut oil will soften and may melt at warmer room temperatures - especially with the softer peanut butter middle. They can be eaten from frozen too, if you dogs like icy treats. 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.



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  2. Great idea for giving my dog her coconut oil in a treat shape instead of by messy spoon! I have plain with cinnamon in the fridge setting now! =) Thank you!

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    1. You're very welcome! Plain is soooo easy to do and my dogs consider it just like a treat instead of a supplement, which is always a bonus! I hope your dog enjoys getting hers as well. :)

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  3. What brand of coconut oil did you use for these?

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    1. Hi there! Unfortunately, I'm not sure exactly what brand I used for these treats. The treats pictured were made and photographed in late 2016 (I know!) whilst I was prepping last year's Valentine posts but I had more posts than scheduled slots so they were held over in my pending post files. I have a few quality coconut oil brands available in our local shops that I switch between depending on price and what's on sale. :)

      There are a couple of different options but (other than reputable organic and/or fair trade certifications, if those important to you) the main difference between different options is whether the oil is unrefined (virgin) or refined, and how the processing was done.

      Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is considered by most to be "the best" option, processed from the meat of mature coconuts without using chemicals to alter the taste, scent, colour, etc. This type of coconut oil generally has higher levels of the so called "good stuff" and also it has that distinctive coconut smell/taste that some people (and our dogs) really like, but not everyone does in which case expeller pressed/refined oils might be a better personal choice. They're also easier on the wallet. Look for refined products that are mechanically processed and chemical free.

      I hope that helps! :)

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