Fresh, fruity, and doggone delicious berry bliss balls! Whether you’re sharing some fresh seasonal berries or prepping tasty treats from frozen fruits, these homemade berry truffle dog treats are easy to make and full of healthy ingredients, too. Here’s the easy no-bake berry truffle dog treat recipe.
Bring on the Berries!
Both of our boys enjoy berries, but senior Oli is an absolute berry fiend. These bliss balls were created with Oli in mind. The boys happily nosh on berries fresh (including harvesting help in our garden – cheeky rascals), frozen, dehydrated, pureed into pupsicles, gelled into gummies, and any way they can get their little fangs on them. If you’re not into truffles or would prefer a treat without flour, you can explore our dog treat recipe collection for other yummy berry treat ideas.
Making Homemade Truffle and Bliss Ball Dog Treats
Truffle (bliss ball) style dog treats can be made using any combination of dog-friendly ingredients that you like, as long as they set firm. This usually requires using either ingredients that set when chilled (coconut oil is one of my favourites) and/or ingredients that will absorb moisture and firm up with some set time (coconut flour is one of my favourites). These berry truffle dog treats also include ground flax for a boost of healthiness and firming support.
No-Bake Berry Truffle Dog Treat Recipe
Homemade Berry Bliss Ball Truffle Dog Treats with (Optional) Coconut Coating
The optional seasonings and coatings for these berry truffle dog treats can be adjusted, substituted, or omitted to suit your preferences and pup’s palette. Easy peasy! Berries can be fresh or thawed from frozen, noting that the moisture levels in berries can vary quite a bit. Adjust your flour quantity to suit.
- 3/4 cup dog-friendly berries, pureed or well mashed (I used raspberries and blueberries – yum!)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed to liquid
- 2 tbsp ground flax or LSA
- Optional: Sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon
- Approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup coconut flour
- Optional: Fine desiccated coconut for rolling (or other coating of your choice)
The amount of flour needed will depend on the moisture of your berries (as noted above, this can vary quite a bit) and your chosen dry ingredients/options. Mix incrementally and if in doubt, I prefer to err on the side of wet. A slightly soft set truffle is better than a crumbly truffle. If you’re using a rolling coating for your treats, you might want to keep the mixture a little on the wet side so that the coating sticks well. Uncoated truffles can be made to suit your personal preferences. Wetter dough may make a softer finished truffle, but is often easier to shape when forming the balls.
Making the Treats:
- Thoroughly mash the berries (or puree for a more uniform truffle texture).
- Combine the berry puree, coconut oil, flax/LSA, and any optional seasonings in a mixing bowl.
- Add the coconut flour incrementally, mixing thoroughly, until you’ve reached the desired consistency for shaping. The the truffle dough may feel slightly loose and wet/oily when warm, but should hold shape when pressed. Not quite right? You can use a small amount of additional flour, additional oil, or warm water to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough for shaping/pressing into balls. The finished balls will firm up with set time for moisture to absorb into the dry ingredients and when the coconut oil is chilled.
- Roll into small bite-sized balls.
- Coat (optional) or leave plain.
- Refrigerate until firm.
As with any treat, be mindful of treat size and consumption relative to your pet’s size and any other individual factors. Just like human bliss balls, you can break truffles into smaller pieces for serving and/or safety if your pet tends to gulp treats instead of chew.
Treat Making Tips and Tricks
- Truffle treats can be stored in the fridge short term or frozen for longer storage. See our comprehensive post on making and storing chilled dog treats for additional information on frozen and chilled homemade treats.
- 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 is also a fairly healthy choice outright. It is high in fibre, high in protein, and low-GI relative to alternatives. Coconut flour is very absorbent, which is key to getting a nice consistency and balance in these treats.
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can also use the category and tag labels above/ below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. 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.