Right after we celebrate the Super Bowl, the next big celebration is Valentine’s day! As pet parents, we want to show our love for our four-legged friends on this day too. What better way to your dog’s heart than a homemade Valentine’s Day dog treat?!
Show your fur children you care with something special on Valentine’s Day. The joy on their pup faces when they smell and taste these treats will bring a big smile to your face (and their face too)! The best part is, these heart-shaped cookies are simple to make and contain ingredients safe for your dog to eat (in moderation of course).
Even If you are not a professional chef, follow this simple recipe that any baking newbie can whip up!
For the best Valentine’s Day dog treat recipe, you need rice flour, a veggie to provide natural red color, egg, and some vegetable purees. We have selected sweet potato puree and beet puree, but you could opt to sub out sweet potato puree for pumpkin puree if you wish.
You can tailor this recipe by using ingredients that your pup loves, but please make sure they are ingredients that are safe for dogs. For example, you can add chopped strawberries for an extra pop of red.
Some dogs are allergic to rice, if you need to make a rice-free dog treat recipe, instead of using rice flour you can try another flour that is accessible to you or the one that your dog loves most. For example, you could use oat flour or cassava flour, but again, always make sure it is a flour that is safe for dogs to eat and doesn’t contain any additives that could be toxic to your pet.
When buying canned purees, do not get pumpkin pie puree! Pumpkin pie puree usually has added sugar or ingredients toxic to pets such as Xylitol. Look at the label on the canned puree to confirm there are no additional ingredients other than the vegetable puree.
This Valentine’s Day dog treat is made using simple ingredients that will be in most people’s pantry to avoid the hassle of running to the grocery store.
Homemade Heart-shaped Valentine’s Day Dog Treats:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 20 treats
2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1/2 cup beet puree
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
6-10 tablespoons water (add 1 tbsp at a time)
Baking tools needed:
The baking utensils you will need to make this dog treat are:
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and tablespoon
- Whisk or mixing spoon
- Rolling pin
- Cutting board
- Heart shape cookie cutter
- Cookie sheet and parchment paper
- Cooling rack (optional)
When you are making these dog treats, you can make them in large batches to store in an airtight jar for several weeks in a cool, dry, and clean place. No need to refrigerate these dog treats.
Puree organic vegetables (or purchase canned purees) that are grown without pesticides or other chemicals.
These dog treats should be given in moderation, occasionally to your doggo and in addition to their nutritious dog food (these dog treats are not meant to replace your dog’s normal meals).
Some people prefer to use vegetables that provide a red or pink color for a Valentine’s Day theme; however, if you don’t have beet puree, subbing in carrot or pumpkin puree will also work.
If you want color, choose purees that are safe for dogs to eat and are naturally vibrant in color. Since it is Valentine’s Day, we used beet puree to give the dog treats a deep, rich red color.
This recipe yields about 20 treats depending on the size of your cookie cutter. If you’d like to use these as ‘training’ treats or if you are watching your dog’s weight, you can always cut the treats in half for easier portioning.
Don’t forget! Aside from baking your pups some delicious dog treats, you can show them your love and appreciation by taking them for a walk or playing a game or two of fetch at the park!
Valentine’s Day Dog Treat Recipe Instructions:
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the rice flour to your mixing bowl.
- Make a hole in the middle of the flour in your mixing bowl.
- Add the egg to this hole in your mixing bowl and whisk well.
- Add beet puree and sweet potato puree to the mixing bowl and fully mix together all ingredients.
- Slowly add 1 tablespoon at a time to the mixing bowl until you have a thick dough formed.
- Next fold in the chopped strawberries to the mix.
- Form dough into a large ball using hands and let rest in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- Roll out chilled dough until flat and about ½” thick and use a cookie cutter to cut out heart-shaped dog treats.
- Place cut out dog treats on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes. 25 minutes will result in a softer, chewy dog treat while 35 minutes will result in a crunchier, firmer dog treat.
- Let cookies rest for 20 minutes on a cookie sheet and then serve.
If you cannot find rice flour, you can use oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa, millet, or pea flour too.
Because there are two types of purees in the recipe, it will take longer than usual to bake.
Patiently wait for the cookies to bake through and then carefully remove the cookies from your oven and let rest on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes or longer.
Once they have cooled down completely, store them in an airtight jar or container.
If you are using strawberries, dice them up into small chunks.
Please always check with your veterinarian before giving your dog new foods!
Enjoy sharing this special Valentine’s Day recipe with your doggo and tell us what you and your pup thought of it!
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones (humans and fur friends alike!). And put this green St. Patrick’s Day dog treat recipe on your calendar for next month for that lucky doggo in your life!