Recipe for Dog Treat Truffles

by Pamela Miller, Demand Media
    Reward your sweet girl with decadence dujour.

    Reward your sweet girl with decadence dujour.

    Truffles, the soft and decadent chocolate candy that is frequently topped off with sprinklings of cocoa, is delightful for humans but unsafe for our dogs. You can create a reasonable facsimile of truffles suitable for dogs; they'll be tasty, safe and healthy. Every dog deserves to indulge in something decadent now and then. Reward your buddy with a truffle treat fit for a furry prince or princess.

    Ingredients

    Gather a half-cup of carob powder or carob chips, 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of oatmeal to whip up a tasty batch of truffles. Opt for a natural peanut butter with no added salt or sugar to keep these treats as friendly as possible to your buddy’s tummy. You can use any type of oatmeal, including varieties designed to cook quickly.

    Combining Ingredients

    If you are using carob chips instead of powder, place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the carob chips and stir until they completely melt. Mix the carob powder or chips, the peanut butter and the oatmeal in a large bowl. Use a spoon or your hands to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together well.

    Truffle Time

    The mixed dough should be slightly sticky. If you find that it’s too sticky, add a splash of water. Form the dough into small balls with your hands or a melon-baller. Roll each ball in extra oatmeal to coat it. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate the treats until serving to allow them to harden.

    Storage

    Store these treats for your furry pal as you would store any other perishable food item. Place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for up to six months. Homemade treats often do not last as long as store-bought varieties, due to the lack of preservatives. They are often more fragile, too, so handle them carefully.

    About the Author

    Pamela Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for seven years. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from MTSU.

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