Looking for a healthy and easy to make snack recipe for dogs? Then you are going to enjoy these Mighty Dog Quinoa Balls from The Canine Chef Cookbook!
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) are edible seeds which are similar to cereal grains, but much more nutritious. These grains have been called a "super food" for their high protein and other nutrient content. Quinoa has become a popular staple for health-conscious people, and it has many health benefits for your dog as well!
Mighty Dog Quinoa Balls mix quinoa grains with peanut butter and bone broth to create an energy and nutrient packed treat that your dog is sure to love. Best of all, it only takes half an hour to cook! Here are the instructions:
Mighty Dog Quinoa Balls Recipe (makes 56 1'' balls)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Calories per serving: 29
Calories from fat: 13
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups beef broth or water
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Boil the quinoa and 2 cups of bone broth in a small pot. Cover and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes then remove from heat. No need to drain the quinoa.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl
- Mix in the warm (not hot) quinoa with the other ingredients. Make sure the quinoa is warm enough to melt the peanut butter to help with mixing.
- Place in refrigerator for around 15 minutes to cool the mix down and firm it up a bit
- Use a 1 inch cookie scooper or teaspoon to make the balls and place onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
- Place in freezer for around 1 hour until completely firm
You can use plain water when cooking the quinoa instead of broth, but the broth is tastier and more nutritious. Make sure that the ingredients of the broth are dog safe.
The quinoa balls should keep in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for up to three months. Serve cold.
This recipe has been carefully researched and tested by Kirby the Dorkie and his furiends. It is essential to seek the advice of your Veterinarian before changing your dog's diet or adding any ingredients to your dog's food especially if your dog has any underlying health issues.
Debby, pawrent to Kirby the Dorkie, creates and develops recipes for dog treats and dog meals. You can find more recipes and nutritional information from “The Canine Chef Cookbook” and like Kirby the Dorkie on Facebook for more doggie fun.
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