Monday, 14 November 2016
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{RECIPE} Coconut Molasses Bites | Dog Treats

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I love the rich sweet smell of molasses and coconut in these treats, and my dogs do too!  These flavours would be great for Thanksgiving (or for Christmas) and the firm cookie-style treats could also travel well in doggy bags for furry friends.  On the subject of giving thanks, since this is our last blog post before we start Christmas content (stay tuned for tons of fun!), I'd like to say THANKS so very much to all of our awesome readers, commenters, followers, and friends. You make this whole blogging madness worthwhile, and I am grateful to have you with us.


Homemade dog treats spilling out of a drawstring bag onto a plaid table cloth
 

Blackstrap Molasses and Coconut Dog Treats


1/2 cup yogurt
1 egg
3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
3 tbsp ground flax
1/2 cup fine desiccated coconut
Approximately 1 cup rice flour 

Preheat over to 180C. Combine egg, yogurt, molasses, and flax in a mixing bowl.  Stir through the coconut, then incrementally add rice flour to reach a workable consistency. Flour quantity will depend on the yogurt and your add-ins, so 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/yogurt to adjust.  Shape into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing if you would like a slightly crunchier cookie. Cool before serving and storage.

Homemade dog treats spilling out of a drawstring bag onto a plaid table cloth with a tag that says "THANKS"

Tips and Tricks:
  • New to treat baking? Check out our introduction to homemade baked biscuit/cookie dog treats.
  • Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like yogurt when used for your dogs - xylitol (also identified as sweetener E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.
  • 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. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage - you can read more here about baked biscuit-style dog treat shelf-life and storage
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.

Homemade dog treats spilling out of a drawstring bag onto a plaid table cloth

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