Monday, 21 November 2016
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{RECIPE} “Red Velvet” Doggy Truffle Treats

Homemade red velvet beetroot dog truffle treats on a table with gift bags and bows

These naturally coloured doggy truffles are easy to make and pretty doggone healthy.  The beetroot and coconut oil/flour base gets a delicious boost of puptastic smalls/flavours from the peanut butter and carob, but they also help to deepening of the natural colouring of the mixture into a darker rich velvety red.  Rolled in snowy white coconut, they make a beautiful festive holiday treat!


“Red Velvet” Doggy Truffle Treats


3/4 cup pureed cooked (unseasoned) beetroot
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp carob powder
2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
approximately 1/4 cup coconut flour
desiccated coconut for rolling (optional)

Thoroughly mash/puree the beetroot in a stain resistant mixing bowl. Add peanut butter and carob powder to the beetroot, and stir to combine.  Warm the coconut oil to liquid and add to the beetroot mixture. Add coconut flour and mix to thoroughly combine. The coconut oil will firm-up when chilled, so the truffle dough may feel slightly loose and wet/oily when warm, but should hold shape when pressed. If needed, you can use a small amount of additional flour, additional oil, or warm water to adjust consistency.  Press into small bite-sized balls, coat in coconut (optional), and refrigerate until firm. 

Step-by-step making beetroot dog truffle treats


Tips and Tricks:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated. They can also be frozen for longer storage, but remember to defrost them in the fridge so that you don't accidentally heat them up and melt them. :)  See our comprehensive post on making and storing homemade frozen and chilled dog treats for additional information.  

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 beetroot dog truffle treats

Homemade beetroot dog truffle treats rolled in coconut

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