Wednesday, 16 December 2015

{Recipe} Carob Coconut Christmas Puppy Kisses

These canine Christmas cookies smell soooo good! With delicious ingredients like banana, carob, and coconut, the sous-chefs were drooling away while these baked.  The pretty mini-cookies would make a special holiday treat for your favourite dog(s) and can do double duty and a present for their furry friends.  

Carob Coconut Christmas Puppy Kisses (Dog Cookies)

1 ripe banana 
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 egg
1 and 1/2 tbsp carob powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup fine desiccated coconut 
Mini Carob Drops/Kisses (see note)
Preheat oven to 180C. Mash the banana in a mixing bowl and mix in the egg, peanut butter, and carob powder. Add the coconut flour and coconut and mix thoroughly. Roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, gently press a mini carob drop into the top of each cookie. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • If you can't finds mini (chocolate chip sized) carob drops, you can omit the drops, make a larger treat with a full sized drop, or chop some up and turn these into carob chunk cookies.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a large batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.
  • If your chosen peanut butter is gluten free, then so are these treats. 
  • 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. You can substitute any flour of your choice (plain, wheat, rice, cornflour, etc), but you might need to up the quantity to get a good consistency as coconut flour is very absorbent.
  • 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, have a chat with your vet. Stay tuned for more delicious dog recipes, with fresh treat ideas served weekly!

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