Introduction: Valentine Box of "chocolates" for Puppies
We have a lot of little puppies currently, so I am always looking for ways to treat(spoil) them.
Valentine's Day was a no-brainer opportunity to do just that.
My idea was to create a completely edible heart-shaped box with delectable treats inside, all puppy-friendly, of course.
(and if there is a paleo person in your life... this totally works for them, too!)
Read on to see how I made this creation of puppy love.
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Step 1: "Chocolates"
We had two pigs, Peas and Carrots, this past year that we raised for ourselves for yummy pork in all its forms; bacon(of course), ground, ribs, bones, organs, etc.
I used ground pork and chopped up liver and bacon as the base, then added an egg, minced parsley and celery, turmeric, a little cinnamon and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Mixed thoroughly, formed little balls then baked at 325 for 25 minutes.
Step 2: Toppings
For prettiness and added nutrition I made two different toppings to sit on top of the "chocolates".
1. Banana with cream cheese, and blueberries with cream cheese.
2. I pureed the blueberries then cooked them down quite a bit, to thicken and for digestion purposes.
3 & 4. The finished bowls of toppings. Way more than I need but it certainly won't go to waste.
Step 3: Making the Dough for Heart Cookie
1.5 C of coconut flour
.5 C of peanut butter
.5 C of coconut oil
10 oz of pureed pumpkin
Mixed together and formed into dough. Very easy and quick, using a rubber spatula.
Step 4: Forming and Baking the Cookie
I used a silpat pad, to form, bake and serve. This seemed the easiest.
1. Pressing the dough onto the silpat and using a rolling pin, then cutting away to create a heart.
2. I then formed the walls of the box in small sections. This was very easy and the dough is great to work with!
3. I pricked holes into the dough to help with cooking.
4. Carefully slide silpat onto a cookie or pizza pan(flipped over if it has a lip) and slide all that into a 375 degree oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
5. Allow to cool completely, say 20 minutes minimum.
Step 5: Decorate!
1. I wrapped parchment around a cookie sheet and placed the "chocolates" on top. I added the two different toppings.
2. For extra gourmet prettiness, I added pumpkin seeds and bits of raspberries on top of the cream topping.
3. To fill the spaces in between the "chocolates" I added peanut butter to the banana/cream cheese mixture.
4. I arranged the treats into the heart, then plopped down the p.b./banana cream mix in between them.
The puppies devoured the treats and mix, and half of the cookie, then I let Mommy Mona come in and help herself to the rest. She is a Lab, so it took her under a minute.
Happy Valentine's Day!!
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