Monday, 17 October 2016

{RECIPE} Harvest Pumpkin and Rosemary Dog Truffle Treats

Packed with harvest flavours and healthy add-ins, these truffle treats are very easy to make and pretty doggone healthy too.

No-Bake Harvest Pumpkin and Rosemary Dog Truffle Treats

3/4 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
3 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1 tbsp dried parsley (optional)
1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
approximately 1/3 cup coconut flour

Thoroughly mash/puree the pumpkin and stir in the coconut oil.  Add the ground flaxseed and herbs, then mix in the coconut flour. Add a little extra coconut flour or water if needed to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough - precise measures can vary depending on the liquid in your veggies and optional add-ins. The coconut oil will firm-up when chilled, so this dough may feel slightly wet and crumbly when warm.  Press into small bite-sized balls and refrigerate until firm.

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated.
  • They can 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. :)  Our dogs have also happy eaten a few straight from frozen in hot weather!
  • Parsley and rosemary can both be healthy herbs for dogs (check out Modern Dog for more).  My dogs love the smell of rosemary and seem pretty keen on the taste too.  Make sure that you chop to a suitable size for your pet, if needed.
  • I like to cube up and oven roast a whole pumpkin/squash, then freeze the cooked pumpkin for ready use.  Its a great way to add quickly that sweet roasted pumpkin goodness not only to dog treats, but also our human meals (pizza, wraps, pasta...).  Cooked pumpkin is also great to have on hand in the event of upset dog tummies.  
  • If it is sold in your area, you can substitute pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) and play with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.
  • 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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