Homemade Soft Valentines Hearts

Although boyfriend and I don’t celebrate Valentines day I enjoy to make special little treats for my dog Bobby (when trying to type dog I accidentally types dog hahaha). There are so many different recipes on the internet but I really got inspired by a recipe from 3mbakery. You really have to check out here blog if you enjoy baking for your dog. She has a huge selection of different treats sorted by ingredients. Genius! If you are interested to make some delicious, healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian doggy treats keep on reading:

These are the ingredients I came up with after making some changes to the original recipe:

3 cups (400grams) buckwheat flour
1 cup (200gram) applesauce unsweetened (about two goldreneit apples)
1/2 cup beetroot puree (about one medium beetroot)
1/4 cup (60ml) liquid coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons baking powder
coconut flour when rolling out the dough

Let’s get baking!

Preheat the oven to 356 (°F) / 180 (°C)

Step 1: Make the applesauce

Unless you are able to purchase unsweetened applesauce in the supermarket or you already got some at home you will have to make it. It will not take too much time and is very easy. I can recommend the goldreneit apples because they have a very nice taste and structure. Peel the apples, and remove the apple core. This is very important since apple seeds are toxic for dogs. Cut the apples and put them in a small cooking put with a little amount of water. Cook on medium fire until the apples are soft enough to mix them with the blender.

Step 2: Make the beetroot puree

I bought precooked beetroots that already where peeled, too. If you got the fresh ones that is even better. Peel them and cut them into small pieces before putting them in the blender to make a puree. Tip: use gloves so your fingers don’t get stained. By the way, beetroot contains lots of healthy vitamins and minerals that will boost your dogs’ about also your own health.

Step 3: Mixing everything together
Mix the applesauce, beetroot puree, liquid coconut oil (melt it if necessary) and honey together.
Grab another bowl to mix the buckwheat flour with the baking powder. Now, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and knead a dough. I used the kneading hooks at first and then after a dough started to form I used my hands to knead a dough. Don’t forget to put some coconut flour on your hands before kneading the dough.

Step 4: Let the dough rest
Your dough will be easier to roll out if you put it in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Wrap your dough into some cling foil and let it rest. It will really make a difference.

Step 5: Roll out the dough and cut out the cookies
Take your dough out of the fridge and cut it in half. Put the other half back in the fridge (in cling foil) whilst cutting out the cookies. This way the dough will stay firm. Use some coconut flour when rolling out the dough. Depending on the size of the cookie cutters you will get a huge amount of cookies. The pink color of the dough made me so happy :)

Step 6: Bake the cookies
I baked the medium sized cookies for about 7-8 minutes and the small hearts or about 6 minutes. The coconut flour will turn golden/brown and that is when you know that they are ready. I guess you can bake them for some more minutes but this way they cookies will stay a bit soft.

Let the cookies cool down and start pampering your dog :) Bobby loved them. If you store them in an air tight jar or container in the fridge they will stay tasty.

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