Wednesday, 10 February 2016

{RECIPE} Strawberry Banana Truffle Dog Treats

Fresh, fruity, and doggone delicious!  If you have strawberries growing in your garden (we do - yum!) or have splurged on a few for Valentine's Day, share a few with your dogs in a special truffle treat.  No berries?  No worries!  See the Tips and Tricks below for other ideas and modify the recipe or pick another from our recipe collection.

No Bake Strawberry Banana Truffle Dog Treats

1 ripe banana 
3-4 ripe strawberries
3 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1/2+ cup coconut flour
Fine dessicated coconut and/or ground flaxseed for rolling

Thoroughly mash the banana and strawberry in a mixing bowl, and stir in the coconut oil.  Add the ground flaxseed and incrementally add coconut flour. Add a little extra coconut flour or water if needed to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough - precise measures may vary slightly depending on the liquid in your fruit. The coconut oil will firm-up when chilled, so this dough may feel slightly crumbly when warm.  Press into small bite-sized balls, coat in coconut or flax seed (or a bit of both), and refrigerate until firm.

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated.
  • No strawberries?  Leave them out or substitute another dog-friendly fruit
  • Chocoholic pup? You can add a little bit of carob powder to make these into "chocolate" truffles.
  • They can be frozen, but remember to defrost them in the fridge so that you don't accidentally heat them up and melt them. :)  Our dogs have also happy eaten a few straight from frozen in hot weather!
  • 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.

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.

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