Get ready to spoil your dog this Valentine's Day with these delicious treats! Because the best way to let your dog know how much you love them is by giving them extra treats...
Gummy Valentine's Day Treats
¾ cup cool water or pale chicken stock (or alternative dog-friendly liquid)
3 tbsp quality powdered gelatin
¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tsp beetroot powder (adjust quantity to suit preferences for flavor and/or color)
- Measure the water into a small pan.
- Sprinkle the surface with gelatin powder.
- Wait and let sit for approximately five minutes or longer for the gelatin powder to bloom / gel.
- Gently stir the mixture over low heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Take care not to shortcut with high temperatures or overheat. Heat can reduce the setting strength of gelatin.
- Remove from heat.
- Measure your yogurt into a suitable container for mixing and pouring.
- Check that your liquid temperature is below 50C (120F) to protect your probiotic content (allow to cool a little if needed), then slowly combine the prepared gelatin with the yogurt. Stir as you incrementally dilute the yogurt to avoid lumping or clumping.
- Once fully combined, add the beetroot power to tint (see below). Mix thoroughly.
- Pour into a glass pan (cut and slice) or silicone moulds (shapes).
- Chill to set.
2 Ingredient Valentine's Day Dog Treats
¼ cup coconut oil
3-4 strawberries finely diced
- Add a few pieces of strawberries to each compartment of a silicone mold or ice cube tray.
- Using a pyrex measuring cup, melt the coconut oil in the microwave. This may take 30 -60 seconds.
- Pour the melted coconut oil over the strawberries and freeze.
- When frozen, pop from the mold and store in a baggie or container in the freezer.
Carob Pup Cups
1 tablespoons carob chips, divided in half
2 teaspoons coconut oil, divided in half
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- Fill a saucepan 1/3 way full with water and bring to a boil.
- Once water reaches a rolling boil, turn it down to a simmer.
- Place a heatproof bowl on top of saucepan. It should fit tightly on top of the saucepan and shouldn’t touch the water. Make sure no steam gets into the bowl – it will ruin your melt.
- Put first half of carob chips and coconut oil into the bowl. After a couple of minutes start to mix them around. Continue mixing until ingredients reach a smooth consistency and there are no more lumps.
- Pour melted carob into an icing bag and add a thin layer into a heart-shaped mold.
- Freeze for 5 minutes to set.
- In the meantime, lightly melt peanut butter until it’s a thinner consistency. You can either do this in a double boiler or the microwave.
- Pour peanut butter into an icing bag and add a thin layer into heart-shaped mold.
- Freeze for 10 minutes to set.
- Repeat the carob melting process with second half of carob chips and coconut oil.
- Pour melted carob into an icing bag and add a final layer of carob into a heart-shaped mold.
- Freeze for 2 hours, or until completely set.