Many of you are enjoying late summer fruits this time of year, and early berries will soon be coming into season here (yeah!), so here is a recipe for sharing your favourite fruits and berries with your furry friends. I used raspberries, but you can adapt this to any dog-friendly fruits that tempt your pup's palette, fresh or frozen. Remember that liquid contents can vary significantly, so working incrementally is important.
"Chocolate" Raspberry Pup Pops (Fruity Carob Coconut Dog Treats)
1/2 cup dog-friendly fruit, pureed (I used frozen raspberries)
1/4 cup yogurt (low fat plain or a dog-safe compatible flavour)
2 tbsp ground flax
2 tbsp carob powder*
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
Approximately 3/4 cup rice flour
Preheat over to 180C. Combine fruit, yogurt, flax, carob, 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, place on a prepared baking sheet, and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size, so keep an eye on the oven. You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing for crunchier cookie. Cool before serving and storage.
*Regarding our carob treats: I recently discovered that my go-to carob powder (sourced from a local whole/organic food shop) is quite strong compared to some other products. 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 the carob quantity if/as needed to suit. I'll add this note to our archives as well. Happy baking!
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.
- 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.