Monday, 22 February 2016

{RECIPE} Peanut Butter St. Patrick's Day Pup Pops

Peanut Butter St. Patrick's Day Pup Pop Dog Treats

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup  rice flour
  • 1/8 cup coconut flour
  • Additional peanut butter, flour, or water if/as needed to adjust consistency
  • Optional topping: carob drops, additional peanut butter, desiccated coconut and green food colouring

Pup pop balls: Preheat oven to 180C. Combine egg and peanut butter, mix in rice flour, and incrementally add coconut flour to mix a firm solid dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your wet ingredients and type(s) of flour. You can add a little bit of extra peanut butter, water, or flour to adjust consistency if needed. Hand form into bite-sized balls and place on a prepared baking. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before coating.

St Patrick's Day coating/topping: Combine coconut and food colouring in small dish and set aside.  Mix an approximately 1:1 ratio of carob drops and peanut butter (see tips below) in a microwavable bowl.  Microwave on medium for approximately one minute and stir to combine. Return for a little extra zap if the drops don't fully melt when stirred.  Mini-drops will take around a minute but large button sized drops will take longer.  Take it slow!  Dip the tops of your treat balls in the carob mixture and the dunk in coconut.  Set on a plate.  Refrigerate until solid and enjoy!

Shortcut! No time to bake? You can use the candy coating method with your pup's store-bought biscuit treats for a St. Patrick's Day upcycle.  We did a few bone biscuits along with our pup pops to use up all of our tasty carob dipping mixture. :)

Tips and Tricks:
  • When using ingredients like peanut butter for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labeled under as sweetener code 967.
  • Carob drops can be tricky to melt compared to chocolate, as the carob is usually drier/lower fat. Combining the carob with the peanut butter and gently microwaving them together (with frequent stirring breaks) can help. Individual carob and peanut butters may vary, but in my experiences to date equal roughly equal measures set to a firm fudgey solid texture. You can use a little less if you want a harder set or swap in a little coconut oil if you need a runnier liquid.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time. The smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Rice flour and coconut flour are gluten-free, and combine to give this treat a light crunchy texture when fully baked. You can substitute another flour, if you wish, and alter quantities for consistency.

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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