These naturally coloured doggy truffles are easy to make and pretty doggone healthy. The beetroot and coconut oil/flour base gets a delicious boost of puptastic smalls/flavours from the peanut butter and carob, but they also help to deepening of the natural colouring of the mixture into a darker rich velvety red. Rolled in snowy white coconut, they make a beautiful festive holiday treat!
“Red Velvet” Doggy Truffle Treats
3/4 cup pureed cooked (unseasoned) beetroot
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp carob powder
2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
approximately 1/4 cup coconut flour
desiccated coconut for rolling (optional)
Thoroughly mash/puree the beetroot in a stain resistant mixing bowl. Add peanut butter and carob powder to the beetroot, and stir to combine. Warm the coconut oil to liquid and add to the beetroot mixture. Add coconut flour and mix to thoroughly combine. The coconut oil will firm-up when chilled, so the truffle dough may feel slightly loose and wet/oily when warm, but should hold shape when pressed. If needed, you can use a small amount of additional flour, additional oil, or warm water to adjust consistency. Press into small bite-sized balls, coat in coconut (optional), and refrigerate until firm.
Tips and Tricks:
- Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt when used for your dogs - xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
- These treats should be kept refrigerated. They can also be frozen for longer storage, but remember to defrost them in the fridge so that you don't accidentally heat them up and melt them. :)
- 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.