Friday, 19 January 2018

{RECIPE} Strawberry Carob Valentine's Day Dog Treats

These Valentine dog treats were inspired by chocolate covered strawberries, recreated in portable treat form (although you could totally dip a few berries in dog-friendly melted carob, like these treats). Yummo!

Strawberry Carob Valentine's Day Dog Treats

1/4 cup water or dog-friendly low-sodium stock
1/4 cup finely pureed strawberries (can be fresh or thawed from frozen, measure when pureed)
1 egg
1 tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup low fat milk powder
1/4 cup carob powder
Approximately 1 to 1+1/4 cups rice flour

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine all ingredient except flour in a bowl, then incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity may vary slightly, 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 water, olive oil, and/or additional stock to adjust.  Rest dough (optional). On a lightly floured surface, roll and then cut into desired shapes or simply roll into bite-sized balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes depending on size. Cool before serving and storage.

Since we were in a love dovey Valentine mood, just for fun and photos, I used my fondant cutter alphabet to stamp "BE MINE" onto a few heart shaped treats. :)

Tips and Tricks: 
  • No strawberries? No problem! Swap another dog-friendly fruit or veggie.
  • Adding milk powder adds extra richness as well as nutritional value, but I find it also enhances workability and creates a slightly firmer/crisper baked result. Our local grocery store sells powered milk as well as powdered goats milk and powdered coconut milk, which can be used as alternatives to dairy milk, or you can omit the powder from your dough all together.  
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller and/or thinner the cookie, the shorter the baking time.   
  • For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a a dehydrator. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage. 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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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