Decorated trees, twinkling lights and carefully wrapped gifts – all ingredients for the perfect festive season. Whether your Christmas feast is a slow roast or a beach barbeque, don’t let your pup miss out. We’ve rounded up our favourite homemade festive treats your dog needs to try – from puppaccinos to cookies, we’ve got you covered. Grab the kids and the spatula, let’s get baking!
PUPPERMINT FESTIVE DOG TREATS
2 cups almond flour
4 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 cup water
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Combine ingredients together in a bowl and mix together until you form a ball. If mixture is too wet, add more coconut flour. If too dry add a little more water.
Rollout your dough and cut the treats using bite sized cookie cutters. Sprinkle with a little coconut flour to prevent from sticking.
Place your treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 15, flip and bake for another 15. Turn off and let set in the oven until crisp.
Makes approx. 20 treats (dependent on size of cutter). Let cool before giving to your pooch – Enjoy!
PUMPKIN SPICE PUPPACCINOS
¾ cup (unsweetened) coconut milk (sold in the half-gallon cartons. Can sub with almond milk or goat milk)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pure pumpkin
Combine all ingredients in blender.
Blend until well mixed.
Pour into small serving cups (or freeze using ice cube trays).
‘CHOCOLATE’ BARK FESTIVE TREATS
2 1/2 cups plain yoghurt
2 1/2 cups natural carob drops
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
75g fresh raspberries
Line an 11 x 7 x 2inch pan with baking paper.
Melt the carob drops in a small heat safe bowl over boiling water, stirring constantly.
Pour melted carob evenly into pan ensuring the bottom surface is full covered. Place in the refrigerator to set. Chill for approximately 30 minutes or until firm.
Melt the yoghurt drops in a small heat safe bowl over boiling water, stirring constantly.
Pour 1/2 melted yogurt into pan on top of the carob layer.
Scatter raspberries and coconut throughout pan mixture and pour remaining melted yogurt on top, spreading evenly.
Place in the refrigerator to set. Chill for approximately 45 minutes or until firm.
Break into pieces and serve.
PEANUT BUTTER & MOLASSES COOKIES
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup room temperature water, stock, or other dog-friendly liquid
Optional: 2 tbsp ground flax
Optional: Sprinkle of cinnamon and/or ground ginger
Approximately 1 cup of brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling
Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.
Combine egg, molasses, peanut butter, liquid and any optional ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Incrementally add flour, mixing into a cohesive workable dough. The amount of flour required will vary depending on your individual ingredients and any optional add-ins or substitutions. Note that if you are not including the optional ingredients in these treats, you may need to use a little extra flour. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of extra liquid, a small amount of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if/as needed.
Rest dough (optional but recommended).
Roll, cut into desired shapes (see below), and place on a prepared baking pan.
Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with shape/size, so keep an eye on the oven.
Cool before serving and storage.