Monday, 19 September 2016
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{RECIPE} Berry Bliss Ball Dog Truffle Treats

Homemade fruit truffle dog treats rolled in coconut

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 Ceylon 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.

Homemade fruit truffle dog treats

Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated and can be frozen for longer storage. Defrost cool or 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! See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade frozen and chilled dog treats for additional information.  
  • Berries can be used fresh or thawed from frozen.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • 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.

Homemade fruit truffle dog treats rolled in coconut

Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, explore from our DIY Dog Treat Recipes navigation page 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.

Dalmatian dog eating a homemade truffle dog treat

2 comments:

  1. I noticed that you did not mention how many this makes. It seemed like it wouldn't make that much, so I doubled the recipe and it made 19. My dog loves them.

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    1. Hi Valerie! Glad your dog is enjoying the treats.

      I often like to bake in small batches where ingredients allow so that recipes are easier to try/taste and simple to scale up, but generally don't give a quantity since bite-sized varies greatly as will cookie cutters/shapes. I will make a note to go back through our recipes to annotate small/large batch when I do an archive review - it would be a good addition to the posts. Thanks for the tip! :)

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