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Wheat- and Gluten-Free Carob Dog Biscuits (Recipe)

I had never baked with carob powder before, but it turns out that my Banjo is a huge fan. These homemade treats are great for wheat-sensitive dogs.

Carob Dog Biscuits
Carob is a chocolate substitute that’s safe for dogs. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful

I’ve been looking forward to trying this recipe because I’ve never used carob powder before. And, to the best of my knowledge, my dog, Banjo, has never had anything containing carob.

But she could barely unglue her snout from the bag of carob powder I brought home from the store and was my constant shadow as I whipped these quick biscuits together.

Carob Dog Biscuits
You can use brown rice flour instead of white in these carob dog biscuits.

Wheat- and Gluten-Free Carob Dog Biscuits


  • 1 cup white rice flour (or try different flours, depending on your dog’s allergies or preferences)
  • ½ cup carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup water


  1. Heat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough is formed and smooth. Add more water if the dough is too dry.
  3. Roll onto a heavily floured surface ¼-inch thick and cut the biscuits with a small cookie cutter.
  4. Place them on a nonstick cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 10–15 minutes or until your homemade carob dog biscuits start to crackle.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and refrigerate extra biscuits.
Carob Dog Biscuits
This recipe makes 3–4 dozen small carob dog biscuits.

Not wanting to overdo my dog treat supplies, I cut this recipe in half and came out with about 2 dozen cookies. I also had only brown rice flour, but it was a perfect substitute for the white rice flour.

The dough was extremely soft, so I recommend rolling it out slowly and gently.

The finished biscuits were little crunchy delights that Banjo seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

Carob Dog Biscuits
Banjo was my constant shadow as I made these carob dog biscuits.

I admit I didn’t try any myself, but it looks as though Banjo is a fan of carob dog biscuits. Maybe I’ll have to find a human treat recipe to try it out for myself.

Carob Dog Biscuits

Adapted from Doggy Dessert Chef.

vet-cross60pThis pet treat recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, and is safe for dogs in moderation, but is not a substitute for a complete balanced diet. This recipe was last reviewed and updated Aug. 24, 2019. Dr. Morgan operates 2 award-winning veterinary hospitals in New Jersey that offer an integrative approach to pet care. With a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, she has written several books on holistic pet care — including Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs, a holistic cookbook for pets.