Dogs-Love-Em Carob Brownies

Most people have heard somewhere along the way that chocolate is toxic to dogs. This is true.  However, there is a rather tasty substitute for chocolate that is perfectly safe for canine consumption. It’s called carob. Carob is the edible pulp of a pod harvested from a Mediterranean evergreen known as the carob tree. Carob is naturally sweeter than chocolate, and it does NOT contain theobromine, the chemical found in cocoa pods that makes chocolate poisonous to dogs.

Carob is commonly sold powdered, in chips, or as a syrup. These brownies call for carob powder, which can be used interchangeably with cocoa powder in most human food recipes. In my small town I was able to find carob powder at both the health food store and the regular grocery store, so I don’t think you’ll have any trouble hunting it down. I found that the price of carob powder is comparable to that of quality cocoa powder and it’s just as easy to work with.

Carob Brownies

Carob Brownies

Makes about 24 servings


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1/4 cup carob powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons honey


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Combine the flour, carob powder, and baking powder.

3. Add the eggs, oil, applesauce, and honey, and beat well to combine.

4. Immediately pour the batter into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Bake until the brownies are fully set and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.

5. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into 2-inch squares.


NOTES: This is one treat that it’s easy to enjoy right along with your pets–which makes it a great recipe to make for a doggie birthday party or play date. I’m not ashamed to say that I ate one of these brownies, and it was actually pretty good. Not as sweet and flavorful as a real chocolate brownie (obviously) but still enjoyable.


These treats should be stored in the refrigerator. You can transfer the uneaten brownies to an airtight container for storage, or simply leave the cut brownies inside the baking pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap before placing in the fridge.


9 responses

  1. thank you so much for visiting my blog!! I LOVE YOURS!! Mom and i just signed up to follow and we sent you a friend request for Facebook too! Maybe if Mom gets off of her lazy butt she will try some of your recipes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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  3. These brownies are awesome! My dog loves them, and I thing they are pretty good too. I made one batch following the recipe and another batch but added 1/4 c. of mashed bananas and topped with peanut butter. They are delicious!

    • Andrea, this batter was definitely thick when I made it, but I still got it into the pan pretty easily using a rubber spatula. If your batter is too thick, you could try stirring in a little more applesauce or some water to help it pour more easily.

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