Dog-safe chocolate recipes for Easter

dog-safe chocolate

It doesn’t seem fair that your pupper has to miss out on all the fun at Easter, so we’ve rounded up our favourite dog-safe chocolate recipes to keep your pup happy and away from the vet this long weekend!

Peanut Butter & Carob Cookies

INGREDIENTS
2 eggs
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 fine polenta
¼ cup carob powder (no sugar added)
30 carob buttons (no sugar added)
2 tablespoons water

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
2. Line two baking sheets with baking paper and set aside.
3. In a medium size bowl, whisk eggs and peanut butter together. Then add rolled oats, polenta and carob powder. Add a small amount of water if the mixture is too thick, and mix thoroughly until combined.
4. Wet hands and roll into small balls and place on prepared baking sheets.
5. Press a carob button firmly into the centre of each dough ball, flattening the balls slightly. Note: The balls will not spread or flatten during cooking.
6. Bake for 25 minutes.
7. Remove baking sheet from oven and leave cookies to cool on the tray for at least 10 minutes before moving them onto a cooling rack.

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Carob Pup Cups

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon carob chips
2 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoon natural peanut butter

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Fill a saucepan 1/3 way full with water and bring to a boil. Once water reaches a boil, turn it down to a simmer.
2. Place a heatproof bowl on top of saucepan. It should fit tightly and not touch the water. Make sure no steam gets into the bowl as it will ruin your melt.
3. Put half of the carob chips and coconut oil into the bowl. After a couple of minutes, start to mix them around. Continue mixing until ingredients reach a smooth consistency and there are no lumps.
4. Pour melted carob into an icing bag and add a thin layer into a silicone mold of your choice.
5. Freeze for 5 minutes to set.
6. Whilst waiting for the carob to freeze, lightly melt the peanut butter until it becomes thin in consistency. You can either do this in a double boiler or the microwave.
7. Pour peanut butter into an icing bag and add a thin layer into the mold.
8. Freeze for 10 minutes to set.
9. Repeat the carob melting process with the second half of the carob chips and coconut oil.
10. Pour melted carob into an icing bag and add a final layer of carob into the mold.
11. Freeze for 2 hours or until completely set.

Note: Pup Cups are a treat and should not be consumed regularly.

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IMPORTANT: Peanut Butter is safe for dogs when eaten in moderation and does not contain xylitol, so be sure to read the ingredients list carefully.

dog-safe chocolate

Why is chocolate toxic to my dog?

Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which can dangerously increase your dog’s heart rate and stimulate the nervous system. Cocoa Powder is the most toxic, but the type and amount of chocolate consumed can dictate the effect this sweet treat has on your dog.

Not sure if your pup has helped themselves to your secret stash?

Signs of chocolate poisoning include:

– Vomiting
– Diarrhoea
– Increased urination
– Tremors
– Restlessness
– Abnormal heart rate
– Seizures

If you are concerned that your pup has eaten chocolate, we advise calling your vet immediately.

Wishing you and your furry friend a very happy and safe Easter break, don’t forget to tag us @lykapetfood so that we can see your creations!

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