Moms like to say, "Eat your vegetables!" and that applies to doggies too! These wholesome treats are packed with vitamins and minerals from spinach, carrots, zucchini and pumpkin, and easy to whip up for your furry babies.
5 slices bacon
4-5 slices Cheddar or American cheese
2 cups unsweetened carob chips (Note: Do NOT use chocolate chips!)
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Cook bacon in a skillet over low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Coarsely chop bacon; set aside.
Using 2-inch small dog bone cookie cutter, cut 15 dog bone shapes out of cheese slices. Set aside.
In medium bowl, microwave carob chips uncovered on high 30 seconds; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer. Be careful not to burn the chips. Stir in peanut butter.
Spread carob mixture on foil to 1/4-inch thickness, about a 9-inch square. Immediately sprinkle with bacon and cheese; press lightly into carob mixture. Chill until set, about 15 minutes in freezer, or 30 minutes in refrigerator.
Remove from foil; break into 18 pieces. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.
Yield: 18 treats
Stirring is important when microwaving carob, as the chips will retain their shape even though melted underneath. They'll burn before they turn to liquid.
Always use CAROB chips, not chocolate chips. You can usually find them in the baking aisle of most supermarkets. If you can't find them there, check the organic food aisle. Or buy on Amazon*.