These Peanut Butter Truffles are healthy and delicious, and they make the perfect gift for your four-legged Valentine!
Valentine’s Day is coming this weekend and we’re celebrating with a new Animal Wellness Cooking recipe video to help you show your dogs some extra special love. And speaking of love, what do dogs love more than peanut butter?! Try this simple recipe at home; all you need is peanut butter, oats, goat’s milk and carob powder! It’s great for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions, but it’s so easy you can make it any time of year!
First, a note on some of the ingredients: carob powder is made from dried, roasted carob tree pods, and is high in antioxidants as well as minerals and vitamins. It contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, magnesium and iron. Carob pods were used as far back as ancient Egypt as an anti-parasitic, but they are also great for calming a sick tummy. Best of all, carob is a perfect substitute for cocoa, but unlike cocoa it does not contain theobromine which can be toxic and even fatal to dogs. Pick it up at a health food or bulk food store.
Also be sure to always choose peanut butter that contains no added salt, sugar or added fat. Peanut butter contains 13% carbohydrates, 72% fats, and 15% protein. Do not use peanut butter if someone in your home has an allergy to it; instead try almond butter, hempseed butter or tahini, a seed butter made from sesame seeds.
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup gluten-free oats
½ cup carob powder
½ cup goat’s milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, oat milk will also work)
¼ cup quick oats or coconut for rolling
Add 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of oatmeal and 1/2 cup of carob powder into a large mixing bowl. Blend until ingredients are mixed together.
Using a teaspoon sized amount of dough, form into a small ball.
Lightly dip each ball into the goat’s milk, and then roll into oatmeal or coconut.
Place each truffle onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. When the tray is full, place it in the refrigerator until serving. For extra flair, top each truffle with a sun-dried cranberry. The truffles freeze beautifully in a Ziploc bag until it’s time to treat your dog to one!
Makes 28-30 truffles.