We have a new foster girl who is a true sweetheart. She's house trained, learns quickly, is well behaved, and gets along with the cats. The problem: she is basically a sack of skin and bones with a horrid bacterial skin infection. The top goal is to get her healthy. She's on medication for the infection, she's eating healthy, homemade foods, and she's getting plenty of exercise.
I needed a treat that was healthy and fattening with a flavor she couldn't resist. Last night I had some left over quinoa with lemon and herbs so I gave her a taste test she happily scarfed down. So quinoa, a superfood, was on the list. I have a pot of bone broth simmering so instead of water I scooped out 2 cups to cook some more quinoa. A good meal in itself but I was going for a treat so I added some peanut butter, healthy but fattening, flaxseed for her coat, and a few seasonings. Natural peanut butter isn't especially sweet so I added some maple syrup - love that stuff - but I'll probably use local honey next time for its' allergy fighting attributes.
Mighty Dog Mutt Balls
Cook Time: None Freeze Time: 1 hour
Nutrition facts: 29 calories, 13 from fat
- 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
- In a small pot bring the quinoa and 2 cups bone broth to a boil, cover and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat. You don't need to drain the quinoa for this recipe.
- Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium size bowl.
- Mix in the warm (not hot) quinoa. The warmth will slightly melt the peanut butter and help everything combine.
- Place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill and firm up if needed.
- Use a 1” cookie scooper or teaspoon to make the balls and place onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Place in the freezer until they are completely firm.
You can use plain water when cooking the quinoa but the bone (beef) broth is healthier and tasty. Be sure to use homemade or, if purchasing, check the label to make sure the ingredients are dog safe.
These should keep in the refrigerator about a week or in the freezer for up to three months.