Wednesday, 10 February 2016
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Banana Truffle Dog Treats

DIY strawberry banana truffle (bliss ball) dog treats

Fresh, fruity, and doggone delicious!  If you have strawberries growing in your garden (we currently do - yum!) or have splurged on berries for Valentine's Day, why not share a few with your dogs in a special homemade fruit truffle dog treat?  These simple no-bake treats are doggone delicious!

No Bake Strawberry Banana Truffle Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 ripe banana 
3-4 ripe strawberries
3 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
2 tbsp ground flax seed or LSA (optional)
1/2+ cup coconut flour
Fine desiccated coconut and/or ground flax/LSA for rolling

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Thoroughly mash the banana and strawberry in a mixing bowl, and stir in the coconut oil.  Add the ground flax 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 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 coconut or flax seed (or a bit of both), and refrigerate until firm.

Dalmatian dogs eating homemade strawberry banana dog treats

    Tips and Tricks:
    • These treats should be kept refrigerated. For longer storage, they can be frozen, but remember to defrost them in the fridge (or other cool location) so that you don't accidentally heat them up and melt them.  Our dogs have also happy eaten their treats straight from frozen in hot weather!
    • No strawberries?  Leave them out (adjust flour as needed) or substitute another dog-friendly fruit
    • Chocoholic pup? Add a little carob powder to make these into "chocolate" truffles.
    • 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 fibre, 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?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

    Homemade no-bake strawberry banana dog treats

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