We've shuffled our schedule a little this week, as we have a special four-part DIY series for you starting from Monday (stay tuned!). Today we have a special Canada Day / Fourth of July / Bastille Day (and just about any holiday you can imagine!) dog treat recipe. Coloured coconut is our secret weapon for festive fun. You can use this method with any truffle dog treat, or as a topper for other cookies and cakes. It works great for human treats, too!
Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffle Dog Treats
1 ripe banana
3 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
2 tbsp ground flax (optional)
1 tbsp carob powder (optional)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup fine desiccated coconut + food colouring for rolling
Tint small quantities of desiccated coconut with food colouring and set aside. Thoroughly mash the banana in a mixing bowl, and stir in the coconut oil. Add the ground flaxseed and carob, then incrementally add coconut flour. Add a little extra coconut flour or water if needed to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough - precise measures may vary slightly depending on the liquid in your fruit. The coconut oil will firm-up when chilled, so this dough may feel slightly crumbly when warm. Press into small bite-sized balls, coat in dyed coconut, and refrigerate until firm.
Tips and Tricks:
- You can use this method with any truffle dog treat, or as a topper for other cookies and cakes. It works great for human treats, too!
- These treats should be kept refrigerated or frozen.
- Coconut oil adds to the health properties of this treat, but you can swap in peanut butter or another dog-safe nut butter if you don't have coconut oil on hand in the kitchen. the dough will be stickier and easier to roll, but not as firm when set.
- 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.
- Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent. Not sure about yours? You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :) It's pretty delicious...you might even get hooked! Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes. Happy baking!
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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.