Nothing Beets Gluten Free Valentine Doggie Donuts!!
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Valentine’s Day is that one day every year set aside for us to remember those that we love and how special they are to us. As pet parents this of course extends to our lovable dogs and cats. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans planned to spend roughly $681 million on Valentine’s gifts for their furry friends in 2016. What a better and less expensive way to tell them how much they mean to you than by baking a special homemade batch of Valentine’s Day gluten free dog treats?
Donuts are by far my favorite sweet treat. Combine that with the fact the Valentine’s Day is my third favorite holiday (Halloween and Christmas topping the list respectively) and BAM! I present to you heart shaped, gluten free doggie donuts! These doggie donuts were so easy to make, are healthy and all of my guys absolutely loved them – cross my heart ♥.
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free baking flour. ♥ My favorite is Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour.
- 2 teaspoons baking powder. ♥ I used Rumford Aluminum Free Baking Powder.
- 1/4 cup canola oil. ♥ You could try Coconut Oil if you prefer.
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce. ♥ I used Simple Truth Organic.
- 1/3 cup fresh beet puree or beet juice. ♥
- 3/4 cup or so of plain Greek yogurt. ♥ This is used as the frosting.
- 1 Tablespoon of honey. ♥ This is to sweeten the frosting but can be excluded.
- Fun Valentine sprinkles. ♥ Also optional but very yummy!
- Heart shaped donut pan. ♥ I used the Wilton Heart Shaped 6 Cavity Donut Pan
Start by peeling a beet with a potato peeler. Cut it into chunks and puree it in the blender until smooth. Measure out 1/3 cup of beet puree into a mixing bowl. Mix together the oil, applesauce and beet puree. Set aside for now.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with a nonstick spray if needed. Spoon your donut batter into each cavity, filling to just below the center “donut hole”. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool donuts completely on cooling racks. Once the donuts are cooled, mix the honey and yogurt together in a bowl. I chose to frost my doggie donuts with stripes. I made a pastry style bag by spooning the yogurt mixture into a sandwich bag and clipping off a little bit of one corner. Then gently drizzled the frosting over each donut. Once frosted, sprinkle your doggie donuts with the Valentine candy sprinkles. Voila! You now have a fabulous, healthy treat to serve your favorite canine Valentine.
This recipe makes 12 doggie donuts. Store your donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for about a week. That is if your pup doesn’t eat them all at one sitting :).
♥ ♥ Just a quick note about beets. They are safe and considered non-toxic for dogs and cats. Beets can help keep your pets liver clean and healthy. They are considered to be a medium to high glycemic vegetable so feed beets to your pet sparingly. Also to many of these treats at one time can cause mild stomach upset. Make sure that your beets are fresh and cooked not raw or pickled. ♥♥
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you and your favorite furry Valentine think by leaving a comment below. In the mean time, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Rocket Dog Blog!