Recipe: Valentine’s Hearts

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Here at tails.com HQ, we’ll take any excuse to spoil our dogs a little bit, not to mention showering them with copious amounts of love and affection. With Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, we can’t think of a better reason to bake that special dog (or dogs) in your life some tasty treats to remind them just how much we love them and what a special place they hold in our hearts.

Ingredients:

* 2 eggs, beaten

* 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

* 3-4 tablespoons of flour (any type of flour works, we used spelt flour)

* 180 grams of almond flour

*  40 grams of dried blueberries

*  40 grams of dried cranberries

For this recipe, your dog will be pleased to see that we will be using some tasty cranberries and blueberries. Cranberries contain many essential micronutrients that can have varied health benefits for your pet. Amongst many things, the nutrients act as a defence against the build-up of plaque on your dog’s teeth, and also contain antioxidants which can help to benefit the cardiovascular and immune system.

Bursting with antioxidants and vitamin C, blueberries are also fantastic for helping to control blood sugar levels to keep your dog’s heart strong and healthy.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 165°C.
  2. The first thing you need to do is to crack your eggs into a bowl and beat them with a whisk.
  3. Now add your almond flour, coconut oil, blueberries and cranberries together into a separate bowl, and whisk with a spoon until you reach a good mixture. Now here comes the fun messy part.
  4. Pour the eggs into this bowl and mix with your hands until forming a dough-like composition. Don’t be alarmed if this doesn’t seem very thick, it’s normal for this to feel quite wet. Add your regular flour one tablespoon at a time until the dough feels firm enough to roll into a ball.
  5. Roll out your dough on a surface and start to mold the heart shapes out of the dough. Use a little flour on the surface if it’s too sticky. As these are Valentine’s treats, if you do have a heart shaped cookie cutter that would be ideal. However of course you can choose to just roll up little balls or try to make bone shapes. We’re sure that your dog won’t mind too much about the style, as long as the flavour is good.
  6. Place your cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper and put them in the oven for 15-18 minutes. This recipe will make approximately 20 treats, depending on the size of your cookie cutter. As always, allow the treats to cool down before giving to your dog and always make sure that your dog has plenty of fresh drinking water available.
  7. The last and most important step. Give your dog a big cuddle, tell them how much you love them and let them gobble up one of these yummy Valentine’s heart treats!

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