My fab friends Andrea and John cook for their lovable whippet, Teddy. They were kind enough to share their story with me in the Success Stories section of my website! I encourage anyone who has cooked food or even baked treats for their pups to send their stories to me. Help me share it with Joe Public and get more people thinking outside of the Bag.
I thought a cool shout out to them would be to develop a treat recipe just for Teddy. Little Mr. has a bit of a sweet tooth it seems, so I had to figure out a way to make Fast Teddy some sweet treats without using sugar. I find recipes for sweet goods to be the most difficult ones to develop. I was bound and determined to make red velvet pupcakes for our Birthday episode of the show, and I must have spent three entire days trying to get them just right.
And yes, those are bacon sprinkles on the pupcakes:
On the show, we strive to make dishes that both people and pets will and enjoy, and we of the two-legged variety have developed taste buds that have become reliant on Salt and Sugar. The four-leggers can’t handle a lot of either substance. When it comes to sweeteners, I try to attain sweetness by using fruits, and if I have to add an extra hit of sugary goodness, I use honey.
I had some strawberries in the fridge that were just about to get mushy, so that was my starting point. Definitely wanted oats in the cookies…but needed something extra spesh for Ted – enter coconut!!
Coconut is great for dogs – lots of benefits, especially in terms of their coat. I wish you could inhale the aroma of these cookies right now, it’s helping lighten up this dreary winter day. Oatmeal, strawberry, coconut, cinnamon.
So dear Edward – I hope you enjoy these scrumptious Strawberry Coconut Cookies. They’re not just for dogs, by the way, they’re actually quite tasty when soft and warm out of the oven!
1 1/4 cups strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
For dough mixture:
1 1/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1 mashed up banana
Pre-heat the oven to 375. Mix together the chopped strawberries with the cornstarch in a saucepan. Over medium heat, let them cook together until it reaches a jam like consistency. It should be thick but not too chunky.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg, then add the canola oil, honey, and mashed banana. Add this wet mixture to the dry and mix ‘er up.
Cut a large sheet of parchment paper (about the size of a baking tray). Spread the “dough” mixture onto the parchment, then spread the strawberry jam on top evenly – it should look like this.
Now, use your parchment to roll this into a log. Start by lifting the parchment (the side nearest to you) and proceed to roll the dough away from you. After each roll over, lift the parchment off and begin another roll. This is akin to rolling sushi. Here is what it looks like as you’re rolling.
Firm it up into more of a cylindrical shape, then wrap the edges and let it cool and set a bit in the fridge for half an hour.
Unwrap your bundle of strawberry coconut joy and place the parchment with log on a baking tray. Gently, and with a sharp knife, cut your cookie rounds. Lay your cookies out on the parchment paper. Sprinkle a little coconut love on top of each cookie, and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let them cool and let your dog drool before giving them a Strawberry Swirl.
Teddy – I hope you enjoy your Swirls!
* Please note that I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist, so it’s advisable to consult with your own authority when trying new foods, and also to ensure that your dog’s home cooked diet is balanced & includes all of the nutrients that are necessary for your dog’s health.