Every time I eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Kirby puts on his perfected "drool" look. You know, the one where he has the saddest puppy eyes and the tip of his tongue is hanging out. It just slays me every time and I know he knows it! Oh my God how I love this little fluffy boy and to tell him no can be down right heartbreaking but I know chocolate for a dog is poison.
The solution? Creating a Kirby's Peanut Butter Cup with carob just for him which is what I did. The little stubby tail going into such a spin as if it could literally lift him off the ground tells me he's happy and the world is right again. So turn your pup's "drool" look into an amazing tail spin with these easy little cups of carob filled with peanut butter.
Carob is low in fat and sodium, high in fiber, potassium, and calcium, and can improve digestion. It has a natural sweetness and contains very little fat, no caffeine and encourages the absorption of calcium. Even though carob looks like, smells like, and has a taste that is similar to chocolate, it does not contain theobromine, the part of chocolate that is toxic to dogs. Peanut butter is high in protein, amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus and niacin.
Peanut Butter Cups
Calories from fat: 36
- 1 cup unsweetened carob chips
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- Melt the carob chips and coconut oil in a double boiler on the stove stirring until completely smooth. You can also do this in the microwave but I tend to burn it that way.
- Using a silicone mini mold or mini cupcake liners, fill each one with 1 teaspoon of the carob mixture. Let it sit for about five minutes to harden.
- Place the peanut butter in a baggie, snip a corner, and squeeze a dab in the center of each carob mound. Press down the peanut butter with your finger to flatten it.
- Cover with 1 teaspoon of the carob mixture.
- Let them set for about fifteen minutes and voila - dog friendly candy!
Carob tastes similar to bitter dark chocolate which I love so Kirby is sharing these!
You can make them thinner by using "just enough" of the melted carob to cover the bottom of the mold and then "just enough" to cover the peanut butter.
These can be kept in an airtight container for a few weeks or in the freezer in a zip-lock bag for several months if they last that long.
Note: I had to order my carob chips online since I couldn't find them locally. I ordered from nuts.com and was pleased with how quickly my order arrived! I think the price is reasonable at $4.99 per lb plus I like the resealable bag they came in.