Friday, 19 January 2018
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Carob Valentine's Day Dog Treats

Homemade Valentine's Day dog treats shaped like hearts stamped with letters reading "BE MINE" on a table surrounded by bone shaped treats

These Valentine dog treats were inspired by chocolate covered strawberries, recreated in portable treat form (although you could totally dip a few berries in dog-friendly melted carob, like these treats). Yummo!

Strawberry Carob Valentine's Day Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1/4 cup water or dog-friendly low-sodium stock (or alternative liquid)
1/4 cup finely pureed strawberries (can be fresh or thawed from frozen, measure when pureed)
1 egg
1 tbsp ground flax (optional)
1/4 cup low fat milk powder (optional)
1/4 cup carob powder
Approximately 1 to 1+1/4 cups brown rice flour (plus additional for rolling)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine all ingredient except flour in a bowl, then incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity may vary slightly, 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 water, olive oil, and/or additional stock to adjust.  Rest dough (optional).

On a lightly floured surface, roll and then cut into desired shapes or simply roll into bite-sized balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes depending on size. Cool before serving and storage.

Dalmatian dogs eating homemade Valentine's Day treats

Since we were in a love dovey Valentine mood, just for fun and photos, I used my fondant cutter alphabet to stamp "BE MINE" onto a few heart shaped treats.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • No strawberries? No problem! Swap another dog-friendly fruit or veggie.
  • Adding milk powder adds extra richness as well as nutritional value, but I find it also enhances workability and creates a slightly firmer/crisper baked result. Our local grocery store sells powered milk as well as powdered goats milk and powdered coconut milk, which can be used as alternatives to dairy milk, or you can omit the powder from your dough all together.  
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller and/or thinner the cookie, the shorter the baking time.   
  • For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a a dehydrator. 
  • Homemade treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 

Dalmatian dog smiling at a homemade heart shaped Valentine treat

🦴 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.

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