Friday, 24 June 2016

{RECIPE} Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffle Treats

No-Bake Red White and Blue Dog Treats - Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffles

We've shuffled our schedule a little this week, as we have a special four-part DIY series for you starting from Monday (stay tuned!).  Today we have a special Canada Day / Fourth of July / Bastille Day (and just about any holiday you can imagine!) dog treat recipe. Coloured coconut is our secret weapon for festive fun. You can use this method with any truffle dog treat, or as a topper for other cookies and cakes.  It works great for human treats, too!  If you're not a fan of food colouring, you can buy a natural colouring or mix your own tint with naturally coloured ingredients.

  No-Bake Red White and Blue Dog Treats - Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffles

Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffle Dog Treats

1 ripe banana
3 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
2 tbsp ground flax (optional)
1 tbsp carob powder (optional)
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup fine desiccated coconut + food colouring or natural tint for rolling

Tint small quantities of desiccated coconut and set aside. Thoroughly mash the banana in a mixing bowl, and stir in the coconut oil.  Add the ground flaxseed and carob, then 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 dyed coconut, and refrigerate until firm.


Tips and Tricks:
  • You can use this method with any truffle dog treat, or as a topper for other cookies and cakes.  It works great for human treats, too! 
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated or frozen. 
  • Coconut oil adds to the health properties of this treat, but you can swap in peanut butter or another dog-safe nut butter if you don't have coconut oil on hand in the kitchen.  the dough will be stickier and easier to roll, but not as firm when set.
  • 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.
  • 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 delicious...you 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

No-Bake Red and White Dog Treats - Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffles
No-Bake Red White and Blue Dog Treats - Homemade Dog Treat Recipe for Festive Coloured Coconut Banana Truffles

7 comments:

  1. Whoa... that looks tasty I even have my mouth watered. If it's dog-approved and it's healthy for them, why not try? I will definitely try this recipe when I find time to do so. I'll be looking around your site for more recipe I might like.

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    1. They smell pretty great too. :) The majority of our homemade dog treats and food is a-ok for humans (although i think I'd definitely give the smelly fish treats a miss!); however, we'd find many of the recipes a little on the bland side, particularly lacking in sweet/salty. We have lots of different recipes depending on what your dog(s) enjoy and are always adding more. Our boys eat EVERYTHING, but some dogs have pickier palettes or special sensitivities, so we like to have plenty of variety in our treats. Something yummy for everyone! Thanks for stopping by and for saying hello!

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    2. Made this yesterday. Cassie is a picky eater but she loved it! I always enjoy playing at the kitchen and your blog is perfect for me. My pooch will usually have an upset stomach when introduce to new foods but she was fine with this!

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    3. Yeah! I'm glad to hear it. :)

      Banana is usually easy on the tummy for sensitive dogs (and humans), so it can be a good treat binder to work with if you are trying to find something for sensitive tummies. Pumpkin is a good one as well if you haven't already tried that, and it works well with a wide range of flavours.

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    4. I haven't tried pumpkin but I give pumpkin seeds to her as treat when training because she will anything for it so it's easier to reinforce training. That being said, I will try it, have you got a recipe using pumpkin as a main ingredient? I would be delighted if you share. :)

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    5. Hi Kendra,

      My boys enjoy seeds and nuts as well...although those little piglets seem to enjoy EVERYTHING! :)

      We do indeed have some pumpkin recipes, and pumpkin/squash can be substituted as a binder in place of other veggies/fruits in many of our other recipes.

      If this is Cassie's first taste of pumpkin/squash and she's a sensitive pup, you might want to try her with a little plain cooked pumpkin first and see how she tolerates it - most dogs enjoy it even plain and it is frequently recommended by vets as a helper for tummy/toilet troubles so is a great ingredient to have on hand even if you aren't baking.

      Good luck!

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    6. I didn't know that it is a good helper for tummy troubles. It sounds a good idea, though I'm not sure if Cassie would like the plain cooked pumpkin. I will try to boil it later and see if it is to her liking or if her tummy is ok with it. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, as always. :)

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