Here’s a fun way to include your dog in your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Since we humans can enjoy chocolates, cookies, and other delectables, why not have your dog join in on the fun?
These Valentine heart beet treats are easy, fast, and fun to make! Like many of our other treat recipes, you only need a handful of ingredients. Ready to get started?!? Here is what you need!
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoon
- Baking Sheet
- Mixing Bowls
- Food Processor
- Cooling Rack
- Fork or spatula
- Cookie Cutter
- Small Pot
- Rolling Pin
- 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour (can substitute with other flours)
- 1 Banana
- 1 Beet (Peeled)
- 2-5 Tbsp of Water
So with this recipe, you’ll be making two separate dough mixes that you will use to layer later on. Let’s start with what takes the most amount of time.
Fill a small pot 3/4 full with water and bring to boil. Peel one beet, chop, and place into the boiling water. Turn the heat down to medium and let the beets cook until softened. Usually, this takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the beet. While your beets are cookin’, you can start making your first batch of dough. This is also a great time to preheat your oven to 350°F.
Start by grabbing a mixing bowl, peel your banana and mash it up in the bowl. Once you’ve broken it down into a paste, add 1 cup of flour and mix well. Add 2 tbsp of water and mix until you have a dough mixture that sticks enough to itself to make a homogenous ball. But add your water slowly as you don’t want the dough too wet that it adheres to your hands or the spatula. You may have to add more or less water to the mix, depending on the size of the banana used. Set the dough to the side and get working on the beet dough.
Turn off the burner, drain your beets, and pour the beets into the food processor. Add 2 tbsp of water and blend. You’ll want to make the mixture as smooth as possible. Transfer the beets into a mixing bowl and add 1 cup of flour. Again, the amount of water you’ll need will depend on the size of beet you used. The goal is to get the same consistency as the banana dough, think along the lines of Playdoh.
Lightly dust the counter-top with excess flour and roll out each dough mix separately. We recommend rolling it out until each layer is about 1/4 inch thick. Once you have rolled out both batches of dough, gently lift the beet dough and place it on top of the banana layer. Here comes the super fun part, take your favourite cookie cutter and cut out as many shapes as you can. The great part about making treats at home is that you can also make them any size that best suits your dog.
Place your cookie cutouts onto a lightly greased pan. Feel free to use a silicone baking sheet or oil spray as well. Pop those treats into the oven for about 12-16 minutes. The larger your treats are, the longer you will need to leave them to bake. Once they are golden brown and no longer soft, place the treats on a cooling rack to cool down completely. This is important as any extra moisture will aid in the treats spoiling faster.
Once your pretty treats are completely cool, put them in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days. You can also store them in the freezer for about a month.
We hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as your pup will enjoy devouring them! Need pet-friendly ideas of what to do for Valentine’s Day around Edmonton this year? Check out our blog 6 ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Edmonton with your pet.
We’d love to hear what you plan on doing with your pets this Valentine’s Day!