Monday, 19 September 2016

{RECIPE} Berry Bliss Ball Dog Truffle Treats



Fresh, fruity, and doggone delicious! Whether sharing some of the seasons harvest or prepping a tasty treat from frozen fruits, these truffle treats are very easy to make and pretty doggone healthy too.

No Bake Berry Bliss Ball Dog Truffle Treats

3/4 cup dog-friendly berries, mashed or pureed (I used raspberries and blueberries - yum!)
2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
3 tbsp ground flax seed
sprinkle of cinnamon  (optional)
approximately 1/4 cup coconut flour
Fine desiccated coconut (or other coating option) for rolling

Thoroughly mash the berries in a mixing bowl (or puree for a more uniform truffle texture), 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 can vary 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, 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!
  • Berries can be used fresh or thawed from frozen.
  • 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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