After sniffing diligently, Zu has decided these sweet potato truffles are his new favorite. And guess what? No baking required. This recipe was inspired by my new favorite blog, Dalmation DIY. Lots of great recipes and toy ideas so check it out! I traded the pumpkin in the recipe for sweet potatoes. Zu isn’t a huge pumpkin eater though I do add some to his meals for better digestion. He does, however, love sweet potatoes.
Use a coffee grinder or food processor to grind the flax seeds and toasted coconut.
I used 2 teaspoons of the mixture to make the balls, then rolled them in the flax seeds and toasted coconut.
Not all need to be coated. Leave a few plain for variety.
Zu’s concentration is epic.
Officially approved by Zu as a new Zu Zu Snack.
I usually use oat flour in Zu’s treats so trying coconut flour is a nice change for him. It’s gluten-free and grain-free.
You can use organic canned sweet potato puree or boil a sweet potato. Make sure the canned version is plain and not filled with extra spices for pie fillings.
I did add a “sploosh” of turmeric, meaning no more than 1/8 of a teaspoon in this recipe. Turmeric is a warming spice so I don’t use it much in the summer. It can cause Zu to overheat in the Georgia weather. Now that the temperature has dropped, I’ve added it back in to his diet. Check out my previous post on Anti-Inflammatory treats to learn more about using turmeric.
Make sure you refrigerate the treats, up to seven days, or freeze for longer storage. Because of the coconut oil, they can melt a bit in heat.
UPDATE: When feeding these to Zu straight from the refrigerator, they were very firm and he wanted to swallow them whole. So, I break them apart first. Also, if you’re pup is not used to eating coconut flour or coconut oil, start with 1 to 2 treats a day and make sure there is no stomach upset.
Sweet Potato Truffle Dog Treats
- Large bowl
- Small cookie scoop
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- ½ cup sweet potato pureed
- 2 tbsp coconut oil warmed to liquid
- a sprinkle of turmeric optional (no more than 1/8 tsp)
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ground flax seeds & toasted coconut for rolling
- Prep small sheet pan with parchment paper or other pan. Set aside.
- Combine sweet potato puree and coconut oil in a bowl.
- Add turmeric (optional) and coconut flour, mix completely.
- Scoop 2 teaspoons of dough at a time and roll into a ball.
- Dip balls into flax seed and toasted coconut mixture until covered completely.
- Leave a few plain for variety.
- Refrigerate 20 minutes before serving to your pup.
- Store in refrigerator, or freeze for longer storage.