Monday, 14 August 2017

{RECIPE} Buckwheat Blackstrap Puzzle Cookie Dog Treats

These fun puzzle dog treats were made using our puzzle cookie cutter (a Christmas gift from Santa's "pet chef" stocking stuffers), aren't they cute? Of course, the treats would be doggone delicious in any shape. :)

Buckwheat Blackstrap Puzzle Cookie Dog Treats 

1/2 cup yogurt
2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter 
2 tbsp ground flax (optional)
Approximately 3/4 to 1 cup buckwheat flour (or a mix of buckwheat and/or rice or oat flours if you prefer)

Preheat over to 180C. Combine yogurt, molasses, peanut butter, and flax in a bowl. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency.  Flour quantity will depending on the liquid in your yogurt as well as variations in your other specific ingredients, so do work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water to adjust. On a floured surface, roll your dough and cut with the cookie cutters of your choice. Place on a prepared cookie tray and lightly brush the surface with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Place the pan of cookies into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to chill (optional) and then bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size, so keep an eye on the oven. You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing or use a food dehydrator if you would like a crunchier cookie.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt and peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • Don't let the "wheat" in buckwheat mislead you, as the flour is actually made from the ground seeds of the buckwheat plant. Buckwheat flour can be used as a healthy grain-free/gluten-free option for homemade dogs treats, which can be helpful for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities. It's also low GI and full of healthy goodness, which is why I sometimes use it for making treats. You can substitute another flour if you prefer, and adjust the liquids if/as needed to get a nice consistency for rolling.
  • Chilling the dough before rolling and/or after cutting your shapes on the pan before baking is optional as this is a low fat dough, but it can help with handling and/or holding shape, just like human cookies.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!
  • Treats can be frozen for longer storage.

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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