Carob Pupcakes

by Alexandra Madani

Recipe of the week carob cupcake dog treats | Chelsea DogsImage Source:

Dogs cannot have chocolate and it is something that many owners find hard to swallow. If you want for your dog to be able to enjoy the same kinds of chocolate treats that you enjoy, but without all of the health problems that it will cause, you can simply turn to carob. This chocolate alternative has been enjoyed by diabetics and those on dietary restrictions for years now. Your dog can enjoy the sweet and delicious flavour with these pupcakes.

Working with carob can be quite difficult the first time that you try using it, but stick with it and you will get the hang of it. The main thing to remember with carob is that it cannot be heated that much. The more careful you are in handling the ingredient, the better your results will be. If this is still too much for you, think about changing the recipe to be a carob chip pupcake instead. Your dog will still enjoy it and you will not have to try to melt the carob.

If you are wondering where the sugar is, keep in mind that your dog’s system does not like and cannot handle a lot of sugar. The flavours that are included are more along the lines of what your dog will enjoy and will still offer the chocolate flavour you want your dog to have.


  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 large Egg
  • 14; cup Chicken Stock
  • 14; cup Carob Chips
  • 14; cup Peanut Butter
  • 14; cup Olive Oil
  • 12; cup Cream Cheese (non-fat or low fat)
  • 14; cup Peanut Butter


Preheat oven to 350˚ F (177˚ C).

Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl, sifting together to get rid of lumps. Add egg to centre of the dry ingredients. Pour hot stock over carob chips and allow resting for 2 minutes. Slowly mix together until carob has been incorporated. Add carob mixture to centre of flour with peanut butter and olive oil. Mix all ingredients together until just combined. Use a spoon to transfer the mixture to prepared muffin tin. Fill cups 2/3 full with mixture. Bake pupcakes for 15-18 minutes or until the centre is baked. Check with a knife to make sure it comes out clean.

While pupcakes are cooling, mix together cream cheese and peanut butter in mixer until fluffy and light. Reserve frosting at room temperature.

When pupcakes have cooled, garnish with peanut butter frosting and serve. If you want an additional garnish, you can use carob chips.

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