Monday, 29 August 2016

{RECIPE} Blackstrap Molasses and Carob Dog Treats

These treats are rich with the smells of carob, coconut, and blackstrap molasses - all things that my dogs LOVE in a decadent little treat!

Blackstrap Molasses and Carob Dog Treats

1/2 cup yogurt (low flat plain or a dog-friendly flavour)
2 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp carob powder
1/4 cup coconut flour
Approximately 1/3 cup rice flour 
Optional: Small carob drops for "kiss" toppers

Preheat over to 180C. Combine yogurt, flax, molasses, and carob in a bowl.  Stir through the coconut flour, then incrementally add rice flour to reach a workable consistency. Flour quantity will depend on the yogurt and your add-ins, so 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/yogurt to adjust.  The low-fat coconut flour dough will be slightly loose/crumbly, so this dough is shaped into balls rather than hand-rolled.  Shape into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently with a fork or press a mini carob drop into the top as a "kiss" treat. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt and peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • 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. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use.
  • 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 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.

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