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.
Makes about 24 servings
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 cup carob powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
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.