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Monday, 11 July 2016

{RECIPE} Naturally Colourful Fruity Coconut Dog Cookies

Smoothie cookies! Many of you are enjoying summer fruits and berries this time of year, so here is a recipe that you can play with for sharing your favourite in-season fruits and berries with your furry friends.  The photos shown are "blue, "white" and "red" for our furfriends celebrating Bastille Day this week (check out our ideas for patriotic puppies), but you can adapt this to any dog-friendly fruits that tempt your pup's palette, and frozen fruit works a-ok as well. Remember that liquid contents will vary, so working incrementally is important.

Colourful Fruit and Coconut Dog Cookies

1/2 cup dog-friendly fruit, pureed (we used raspberry and blueberry for the colours shown - see notes below)
1/4 cup yogurt
2 tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
Approximately 3/4 cup rice flour

Preheat over to 180C. Combine fruit, yogurt, flax, and coconut flax in a bowl. If you pureed your fruit in a food processor, go ahead and make your dough in there too - it's easy and saves on dishes! Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency.  Flour quantity will depending on the fruit and your add-ins, so do work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water to adjust. Roll into small balls and press to flatten.  Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size/thickness, so keep an eye on the oven. You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing for crunchier cookie or use a dehydrator. Cool before serving and storage.

Making a "white" fruit cookie is difficult. Banana is the easiest option (and doggone delicious), but will give you a light beige cookie. Banana has less liquid than many berries/fruit, so working incrementally with your other ingredients is important to get a good consistency.  If you want a truer fruity white, you can adjust quantities and rely solely the desiccated coconut (a bit plain...) or experiment with adjusting to include a bit of something white(ish) and tasty like coconut milk, cream cheese, sour cream, milk powder, etc. in your mix for a boost. 

Tips and Tricks:

  • We use low fat / low sugar yogurt. Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • These treats are naturally colored by the fruit; however, it's difficult to get a natural blue or red cookie dough this way without mixing. Red fruits tend to create a pinkish dough and blueberries a purplish blue dough. If you want truer colours, you can augment with food colourings or you can try natural options by mixing fruits - add a yellow-orange tone to push pink more towards an appearance or red, add a greenish tone to push purplish-blue more towards a true blue.
  • This dough can be pre-made and frozen if you prefer to make smaller batch of treats. Alternatively, you can bake and freeze the extras for later.
  • Want  to make shapes instead? Use an extra fine desiccated coconut or swap it out all together for more flour for a smoother dough.

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.

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