Dog Safe Peanut Butter Swirled Carob Brownies

Your furry friends will love the new twist on the traditional Dog Safe Carob Brownies with the addition of Peanut Butter Swirled over the top!

Dog Safe Peanut Butter Swirled Carob Brownies | URBAN BAKES

You may have read it in a caption on Instagram, ‘Grizz and Choco leave footprints on my heart’ and they sure do.  They have always been the highlight of my day.  No matter how bored they get when left alone or that earlier in the day I may have accidently raised my voice at them for shredding toilet paper from the bathroom garbage, or perhaps the “resentment” they had towards me for not allowing them to sleep on my bed at night which they later (I believe) retaliated by hiding my slippers by morning, they always show their love with excitement every time I walk through the front door.

They’ll bark and grunt and jump and lick, and will continue to bombard me with this love and affection until I acknowledge their existence with pat down their backs and kiss on their head.  You see, we have this special thing going and despite the fact that I tend to topple over them during these moments, it works for us and that’s what I call, love.  Unconditional love that I look forward to each and every time I see them.

Grizz and Choco | for more Dog Safe Snacks

There is a saying I once read that goes something along the lines of, “a dog is only a part of your world but to a dog, you are their world,” source unknown.  Let that sink in for a moment.  It kind of gives you perspective, huh?

You see, I don’t have any children of my own yet and like any young adult female who has dogs for kids (keeping my age vague here people- shhh, ok!), I’m sure one can understand where I come from when I say that I take joy in knowing that there is a living being at home waiting for me, one who will greet me with excitement everyday, and of course, I must admit, one who doesn’t speak.  ;-)  Sometimes this gal here simply needs quiet time after a long day.  But to give back to the precious two that I adore, I would do anything to keep them happy.  Even if it calls for me to bake them snacks every now and then no matter how exhausted I may be because it comes from the heart.

Grizz-Lee |

Doesn’t Grizz-Lee look like a model here?!  He’s such a good boy, listening to every sit and stay command.

I know listening to me must have been torture for him with that overwhelming temptation of peanut butter and carob in front of his face!

Grizz-Lee |

Good boy, I’ll tell ya.  Good boy.

And my little Chocolate Choco-monster, this girl will eat everything in sight!

Dog Safe Peanut Butter Swirled Carob Brownies | URBAN BAKES

Onto some new news, I recently opened a new Instagram account for my dogs and their friends @URBANFURBABY in which I will posts pictures of them and the dog safe foods they eat so I invite you to come along and let’s be friends there too.  Also, I have opened for quick access to all of the dog-safe recipes.  It’s in the beginning stages at the moment but I hope to gain popularity with more pet-safe treats.  Perhaps even cat snacks too!  If there is something you would like to see made for your furry loved ones, leave a comment below.  Always in need of new ideas.

**Note: All dog foods found on URBAN BAKES has been tested by me (yes, I try it too!) and is ensured that all ingredients are dog-safe through creditable online sources and veterinarians.  However, there are several common allergies/intolerances that can develop over time which may include and is not limited to certain proteins, corn, wheat and soy.  Please check with your veterinarian if your pet can consume any of the listed ingredients found in this recipe.**

Creditable sources about food allergies: here and here.

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Dog Safe Peanut Butter Swirled Carob Brownies | URBAN BAKES

Dog Safe Peanut Butter Swirled Carob Brownies

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  • Author: URBAN BAKES
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Your furry friends will love the new twist on the traditional Dog Safe Carob Brownies with the addition of Peanut Butter Swirled over the top!


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  • 4 ounces Neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. In a medium bowl, mix Neufchâtel cheese, peanut butter together until there are no visible white streaks. Add egg and vanilla, mix until light and creamy; set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Generously grease bottom and sides using a baking spray with flour; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk oil, honey, 4 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla until just combined. Add flour, carob powder and baking powder and mix until just combined. Note: small clumps of carob may be present.
  4. Evenly spread batter into lined baking pan. Drop scoop peanut butter-cream cheese mixture over brownie batter. Using a toothpick or butter knife, cut through both mixtures to form swirls. Gently tap pan a few times over the counter to settle any gaps that may have formed from the swirls.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cut into squares appropriate for the size of your dog. ENJOY!


For thinner brownies, use a 9-inch square baking pan.

Full fat versions of cream cheese and peanut butter may be substituted.

There are several common dog allergies/intolerances that can develop over time which may include and is not limited to certain proteins, corn, wheat and soy. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet can consume any of the listed ingredients found in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Canine
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: Ask your veterinarian

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13 thoughts on “Dog Safe Peanut Butter Swirled Carob Brownies”

  1. Hi is baking powder safe to use for dogs? Also could I replace the whole wheat flour with any other flour as my dog is on a meat based diet

    1. Hi Jaya, baking powder is safe to use in baking snacks for dogs. For the flour, I’m not sure what’s the best recommendation to substitute it with. Maybe a corn flour or oat flour may be good? I recommend asking your veterinarian just to be sure. If you bake these, I hope your little one enjoys it!

    1. Hi Beth,
      I’ve never frozen brownies but have read around that you can for up to 3 months if they’re wrapped well. They say to prevent freezer burn, it’s recommended to cover the brownies in parchment paper then tightly wrap plastic-wrap around it, followed by aluminum foil. The amount of coverage should also prevent the brownies from absorbing typical “freezer smell.” Give it go and let me know how it went. Happy Baking!

      1. Hi!
        I own a dog bakery (3 years now) and used to be a vet tech, vanilla extract is incredibly toxic to dogs because their bodies can’t digest it and it includes alcohol in it unless you find alcohol free vanilla extract (: I have tried this recipe but substituted it with cinnamon instead and it was great! I also substituted the vegetable oil with coconut oil since vegetable oil is super fattening for dogs as well but overall good recipe! Not sure which vets okayed them to have vanilla extract but sometimes vets don’t know every little ingredient that could be bad for a pupper. And any pups who can’t have whole wheat flour can use almond flour, coconut flour, or rice flour (: your human recipes are super yummy too!

        1. Hi Jordan,
          Thank you for trying this recipe and for your kind words about my human ones It’s been years since I’ve made these for my babies. They’re in good health till this day but I agree, vanilla extract is toxic. Had it been 1/4 teaspoon or so in the recipe, I personally would not be too concerned because the alcohol content in extracts burn out upon heat, leaving the vanilla flavor behind. However, upon further review, I don’t see how this ingredient is truly necessary so I’ve pulled it out completely. I’ll have to try it with cinnamon or with the alcohol-free version. It sounds like a great substitute. Thank you for this suggestion!
          I’m curious though if there were another reason for the fat substitute? Some people don’t know so I speak with all sincerity that both vegetable and coconut oils have the same TOTAL fat of 14 grams/tablespoon. Coming from my dietetics and veterinary background, I understand coconut oil in small amounts is okay for dogs when used topically (skin or fur). Nutritionally, the biggest and most important difference between the two oils would be the linoleic acid content (Omega-6 fatty acid) which is an essential nutrient (meaning the body cannot make it on its own). Coconut oil has 0.2 amount of linoleic acid/100 calories of fat whereas, vegetable oil can range between 2.1 to 5.9 depending on the type such as canola vs corn, respectively. Sources of whom I trust: Tufts University and
          And you’re right, some doctors don’t have all the right answers about the ingredients. I’m just happy to see more research is being done on animal nutrition and with people like yourself who genuinely care about the health and safety of our little ones. Thank you!
          – Connie

  2. I have some adorable paw-shaped silicone pans — that would basically make these brownie bites. Would I need to adjust the cook time if I’m using a brownie bite pan?

    1. Hi Lani,
      The baking time will depend on the size of the pan. What size is it? As an example, if I were to bake this batter in cupcake size molds, I would bake for 15 minutes and check for readiness. If the toothpick inserted in center comes out wet, you might want to consider increasing the bake time by another 5 minutes. I haven’t made this recipe in anything other than an 8-inch pan but this is exactly what I would do when testing recipes. Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you :)

  3. Are you able to suggest an alternative to that cheese? It’s quite tricky to find in the UK and when you do it’s a little expensive.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ben,
      The most similar cheese I am aware of comparable to Neufchâtel cheese would be regular cream cheese. For either cheese, an 8 oz block may cost $2.00 USD (fairly inexpensive in the US). Do you have this kind in the UK? Ideally, you may want to stay away from a high sodium or high fat cheese and one without herbs in it. If a low fat or skim option is available, I recommend this over the full fat version.
      – Connie

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      These brownies should last up to a week stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It could last longer but it’s freshness may begin to decline. Hope this helps! Happy baking!
      – Connie

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