Thursday, 8 December 2016

{RECIPE} Puppermint Patty Coconut Oil Christmas Dog Treats

A extra special holiday treat with a breath-freshening burst of cinnamon and mint (hello, mistletoe!) sandwiched between finger-friendly and doggone delicious yogurt and carob. A rather naughty but still nice recipe, especially for those who include supplementary coconut oil in their doggy diets.  Enjoy in moderation. :)

Puppermint Patty Coconut Oil Christmas Dog Treats

Volumes can be scaled to suit your mold(s) and you can include as many or as few of the layers as you please. The ratios below yield the split layers you see in the pictured treats, but they are all solid at cool temps so these treats are easily customised to use more/less of your preferred ingredients (or to be a little less indulgent). See notes and photos below on layers, separation, and coloured vs/ natural.

White/Top Layer:
1/4 cup plain yogurt chips/melts  
2 tbsp coconut oil

Mint/Green Layer: 
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp yogurt chips/melts
1 tbsp dried mint
green food colouring (optional)

Cinnamon/Red Layer
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp yogurt chips/melts
1 tsp cinnamon
red food colouring (optional) 

Carob/Bottom Layer: 
1/4 cup carob chips
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil

Working incrementally in individual layers, melt together the ingredients for each layer (low heat or microwave).  Carefully spoon/squeeze/pour into your mold and allow to set (see note below) before adding the next layer. Once fully assembled, chill to set fully before removing from your mold.  The treats are best kept chilled to keep the coconut oil firm, and these freeze very well for longer storage (or straight-from-frozen eating) to pop out for an occasional extra special treat.

These treats are assembled by working incrementally in layers with set time between each layer. Setting can be done at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or even in the freezer if you're in a rush.  Since standard food colourings do not mix/tint with coconut oil, the colours and heavier add-ins will settle/graduate from the coconut oil during cooling adding the appearance of extra layers in your finished treats.  The degree of separation will vary depending on your individual mixture and cooling speed. Alternatively, you can experiment with oil-compatible food colorings or just skip the colour all together, which actually looks really nice. :) See photo examples below.

Left: Four Step Slow Set (Yogurt, Green/Mint + Coconut Oil,  Red/Cinnamon + Coconut Oil, Carob)
Middle: Four Step Chill Set (Yogurt, Green/Mint + Coconut Oil,  Red/Cinnamon + Coconut Oil, Carob)
Right: Four Step Chill Set No Added Colour (Yogurt, Mint + Coconut Oil,  Cinnamon + Coconut Oil, Carob)

Tips and tricks:  
  • Although coconut oil is used by many owners as a supplement, these are still indulgent treats with yogurt and carob, so these are intended as a very special in-moderation only treat.
  • Since these treats cannot be easily broken, it's best to scale the mold to suit your pet. If that's not an option, you can make the treats in a pan using thinner layers and cut/break like chocolate bark. 
  • Go natural or take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt or peanut butter for your dogs – xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.

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.

We have a Christmas post for your ever weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more so stay tuned! See you again tomorrow, furfriends!

1 comment:

  1. We had a great question from a reader on Facebook about where to find yogurt drops/melts. They can be tricky, unfortunately, and I thought I share my reply here for anyone else having trouble. On the flip, if any readers have favourite sources or brands, feel free to share. :) Thanks!

    Your local bulk goods or specialty food shops may carry them, but many don't. Depending on where you live you can try a big online retailer like or Amazon, and some pet suppliers sell doggie yogurt drops much like doggy carob drops. Don't be too worried if you can't get them though. I only use them very occasionally and sparingly - when I say they're naughty and for occasional indulgence only, I'm not exaggerating. Meltable "yogurt" drops/chips/melts/coatings (both human and doggy) are more like white chocolate or candy than healthy real yogurt, with lots of sugar and oils and very little good stuff. Check the ingredients to make sure there's at least some dairy not just pure candy badness.

    For anyone wondering, yes, many carob drops/chips/melts are also high in oils/fats and sugars. I'm often surprised by what's on the labels. Moderation is key.


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