Talk about DELICIOUSLY HEALTHY PUP TREATS!
This one will knock you AND your pup’s socks off!
In my quest to find delicious, nutritious treats and eats for The Furry Gourmands, I started thinking about what I was craving today. Something crunchy, and something sweet (but not too sweet). What in the world could that possibly be? I didn’t really want anything chocolate (to my utter disbelief!) so I raided my pantry. Nothing really struck my fancy and I was entirely too lazy to go anywhere. And since I couldn’t even nail down what I wanted in the first place it probably would have turned into an hour long maze of aimless driving anyway.
Sigh. What’s a girl to do…
Turn on the TV, says me 😉
And there it was… in all of it’s crunchy glory: a Biscotti <queue angels singing>
Who says TV is bad for you? C’mon! Law & Order marathon, a little Rachel Zoe Project, baking, blogging, cleaning muddy paw prints and chasing after endless amounts of runaway fur clusters… good times.
Moving on to the baking part of that scenario (paw prints add character, right?), I again raided the pantry and fridge for ideas, keeping in mind it’s ultimately for the girls, and come up with a few key ingredients to get started. My first thoughts were, of course, nutrition and how to make this treat a true double whammy on both taste and substance. How do I make it sweet and still keep the nutritional value intact? The answer: Sweet Potatoes! If you haven’t already discovered the benefits of this delectable tuber, it packs quite a punch. Naturally low in sodium and saturated fats, the Sweet Potato is a good source of Antioxidants, Dietary Fiber, Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, C, B6, Potassium, and Manganese just to name a few. Oh, and it’s naturally on the sweet side, so there’s that nice little added bonus, too! But this treat needed more than just one main ingredient with a punch… enter: Molasses, a sweetener that is actually good for you (or your dog, for this here baking intent and purpose). Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals, such as Iron, Calcium, and Potassium, that promote health.
Also, I think I just discovered a good Holiday treat! I’m trying to come up with a good drizzle or dip-worthy topping. A carrott or cream cheese frosting, perhaps? We shall see what evolves from this effort.
We’ll let it cool and give the girls a go. Until then, I’ll munch on the scraps… er, the absolutely intended mess-ups while cutting the biscotti. Ssshhhhh… don’t tell.