Wednesday, 16 September 2015

{RECIPE} Coconut Pear Bliss Ball Dog Truffles

There have been lots of bliss-ball recipes popping up in our newsfeeds recently, with back to school lunches and after-school snacks (like these healthy snack ideas), but human bliss balls are typically a little sweet for dogs and many contain doggy no-nos, like chocolate. That doesn't stop you from making your own dog-friendly version!  Any of our dog truffle recipes work wonderfully for this style of simple no-bake dog treat, including this fast and fruity coconut and pear combination:

No Bake Coconut Pear "Bliss Ball" Dog Truffle Treats

1 small jar of pear-puree baby food or approximately 1/2 cup pureed pear (core and seeds removed)
1/8 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid 
1/2 cup coconut flour 
1/4 cup fine desiccated coconut 
1/4 cup rice bubble cereal, lightly crushed (optional)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional) mixed with additional coconut and/or coconut flour for rolling
Combine the pear puree and coconut oil in a mixing bowl. Add the coconut flour and coconut and mix thoroughly. Add a little extra coconut flour or water if needed to adjust consistency - precise measures may vary slightly depending on the liquid in your puree. Add the rice bubble cereal (optional if you want a little crunch in your treats). Roll into small bite-sized balls, coat in coconut and flaxseed (optional) mixture, and refrigerate until firm.

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated.
  • They can be frozen, but defrost them in the fridge so that they remain firm.
  • Not a pear fan? You can substitute another dog-safe fruit.  Bananas make great truffles!
  • Coconut flour is a good option for gluten-free / grain-free pet treats, but its also a pretty healthy choice outright: it is high in fiber, high in protein, and low-GI relative to alternatives. Coconut flour is also very absorbent, which is part of getting the right consistency and balance in these treats.
Don't forget to enter our current giveaway to win your very own custom pet portrait!  Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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