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If there is one thing everybody knows about me, it is the fact that I’m a huge geek. You name it, I love it. I grew up watching anime instead of the old-fashioned Saturday morning cartoons. From Pokémon to Dragon Ball Z, I watched it all. Even to this day anime is in my blood. That love finally managed to make its way over to my hobby: making homemade dog treat recipes from scratch. That is how these beauties came to be.
I have always been a fan of Pokémon. Not the newer fluff. I’m talking about the first generation. When I first made my pumpkin cake pop bites, I immediately thought of possibilities for the future. After all, they were the perfect shape! I have had these Pokeballs in mind since the beginning. After some tweaking, I managed to make a treat I could be proud of. Let’s jump in how to make these treats for your own dogs.
What Are In The Treats?
This homemade dog treat recipe is made of some of the easiest ingredients, some of which are probably in your own pantry right now.
- Rich in dietary fiber
- Low in sugar
- Low in carbohydrates
- High in protein
- High in healthy fats
- Can help aid the body’s metabolism
While sweetened applesauce can be bad for your dog because of the sweetness factor, unsweetened applesauce is completely safe and healthy for dogs. Unsweetened applesauce contains plenty of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus, all of which can be highly beneficial for any dog.
If there is one thing I like to incorporate in most of my homemade dog treat recipes it is banana and for good reason. Bananas, just like for humans, can be highly beneficial for dogs. They are packed full of Vitamin C, copper, Vitamin 6, electrolytes, biotin and Vitamin B6. On top of that, bananas can help boost the immune system to keep any dog healthy as well as help improve a dog’s skin and coat.
For this recipe, you can use a whole banana or pureed banana, whatever is easier.
Apples are one of the most natural ways to freshen a dog’s breath. Aside from its breath freshening capabilities, apples also have the added benefit of being a source of fiber, various antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Every creature on the planet needs water in some form. In this particular case, water helps to moisten the layer of ingredients needed to form the cake mixture for these Pokeball cake pop bites. Water has the benefit of helping to naturally cool dogs down, aid in the digestion of food and help a dog’s body absorb nutrients they consume.
Twist Sticks (Optional)
While I personally don’t recommend rawhide treats for any dog or use them in this recipe, if you want to add a thin stick of rawhide to give these treats that authentic cake pop look, don’t hesitate to use them!
How It’s Made
Making these treats consist of a few steps. Total, it took me about 2 to 3 days to put them together, but let’s face it, I’m lazy. These can easily be made within 24 to 36 hours depending on how fast you put them together.
The Process: Baking
To start off preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The first step is going to be creating the dog cake. For this, you will need to add one mashed banana, ¼ cup of shredded apple and ½ cup of organic unsweetened applesauce into a bowl. Stir well until mixed. Then add in 1 cup of coconut flour and ¼ to ½ cup of water. Continue to stir until evenly mixed and slightly moist.
Grease a cake pan with coconut oil or a dash of extra virgin olive oil. Add in the cake mix and press down slightly. Transfer into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the center is firm and the edges are slightly brown. Remove and set aside to cool completely.
Once cooled, you will need to break apart the dog cake into a separate bowl. This is going to be used to make them into small round shapes. For this step, I also added ½ cup of dog-safe grain free icing from Pastries4Pets to keep the cake mix moist to make rolling into balls easier. Feel free to do the same but make sure to use only a dog safe icing or frosting. Whether it is grain free or not is up to you.
The Process: Rolling
Once ready, take 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cake mix into your hand and press firmly. Roll into a ball and place onto a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining cake mix. Once all of the cake mix has been used, transfer the balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Transfer into the freezer to chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until firm.
Once ready, remove the balls from the freezer and set onto a flat surface. For this next step, you can choose what type of icing you want to use for the Pokeballs. I used Pastries4Pets grain free dog icing. I used 2, ½ cup portions and colored one white and the other red with dog safe food coloring from the same company.
The Process: Coloring
Once ready, dip one-half of the balls into the red icing. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to set. For my icing, I let it rest for 12 hours before dipping the uncoated half in the white icing. Then waited another 12 hours for the icing to harden.
From here, you can use black dog food icing to decorate the outside of the coated balls in the desired Pokeball design. Personally, I opted to use dog safe fondant, colored it black with dog safe food coloring and cut out the shapes I desired to fit onto each ball. Then on the “button” of the Pokeball, I applied a small dabbing of white dog food icing.
Hopefully now with the help of this recipe, you too can make these creative Pokeballs for your dog. I guarantee your pup will love them!
Have you tried making this recipe? Let me know in the comments below! Also, feel free to share your creation on Instagram and share using the hashtag #petfoodiotreats! We may include your creation in our next blog post!