Monday, 20 March 2017

{RECIPE} Cute and Simple Spring Flower Dog Treats

Happy first day of spring to our northern furfriends! Today's treat is flower-shaped, especially for you. Regular readers will already know how much I love using my little circle plunger cutters for pocket-friendly mini dog treats (like these, these, these...) but I have other shapes in my baking stash as well including the lovely little flower plungers used to make these cookies. So cute and so simple! The "pop out" piece in the flower plunger has a little point in the center so that each blossom is formed not only with petals but with a little center indent as well.  They are beautiful plain (and are best kept plain if you're planning on carrying them in your pockets), or you can use the indent as a convenient little divot for adding a wee drop of melted carob or yogurt (as shown).

Cute and Simple Spring Flower Dog Treats

1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tbsp ground flax
3 tbsp carob powder
3 tbsp peanut butter
1 egg
Approximately 1/4 cup water
Optional: dog friendly yogurt (or carob) drops + coconut oil for the centers

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine flour, flax, and carob together in a mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter and egg and stir to distribute through the mixture. Incrementally add water until you have a good consistency for rolling and shaping. If you rest your dough or are working from thawed frozen dough, re-knead before you roll for better workability.  Roll, lightly brush to remove excess flour, and cut to shape. Place on a prepared cookie tray and bake for approximately 8 minutes.  Cool completely.  Optional centers: Melt yogurt drops with a small amount of coconut oil and carefully apply to the center of each treat.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like peanut butter for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • Don't let the "wheat" in buckwheat mislead you, as the flour is actually made from the ground seeds of the buckwheat plant. Buckwheat flour can be used as a healthy grain-free/gluten-free option for homemade dogs treats, which can be helpful for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities. It's also low GI and full of healthy goodness, which is why I sometimes use it for making treats. You can substitute another flour if you prefer, and adjust the liquids if/as needed to get a nice consistency for rolling.

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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