Think back to every boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife you've ever had. Was there a time when they offended you? Lied? Made you cry? Probably.
Now think about every dog you've ever loved. Did they ever tell you your butt looked big in those jeans? Give you the silent treatment? Promise to call you and never did? That, friends of PinstaPals, is why your dog should be your Valentine.
Roses might prick a puppy and chocolate will make a pooch more than unwell, but you can show your best friend how much they mean to you by going to the trouble of making them some digestive treats disguised as Love Hearts candy using just three ingredients.
Here's what the human sweets look like:
And here's what the Valentine's Day dog biscuits look like:
But most importantly, here's how to make them.
- 4 cups oat flour
- 350ml apple sauce or apple baby food
- human grade or organic food colouring
- large mixing bowl
- clean jar or glass
- heart-shaped cookie cutter
- fine paintbrush
- measuring cup
- wooden spoon
Recipe adapted from Etsy
1. If you don't have oat flour handy, chuck rolled oats into a NutriBullet or food processor and blend until flour-like in consistency.
2. Combine apple sauce and oat flour in a mixing bowl until dough forms. It shouldn't be sticky, but if it is, add a little more flour until you can roll it with ease. If it's too dry, add water one teaspoon at a time.
3. Separate dough into five equal portions.
4. Place the balls of dough back into your mixing bowl one at a time, adding a couple of drops of food colouring. Kneed each ball of dough until a rustic colour is achieved. For purple, combine blue and red colouring.
5. Roll each ball flat on a non-stick surface with a rolling pin and then take a clean jar or glass and use as a cookie cutter to create circles. Make sure your heart-shaped cookie cutter fits neatly within the circle.
6. Indent each circle with the heart-shaped cookie cutter, being careful not to go all the way through. You want to replicate the look of the original Sweet Hearts!
7. Place all of your Valentine's Day dog treats onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 10-15 minutes at 175°C (350°F).
8. Once cooled completely, splash a couple of drops of red food colouring on a plate. Using a thin-tipped paintbrush, write messages of love to your dog in food colouring and outline the circle of your dog treat. Allow the food colouring to dry before gifting or serving.
CAUTION: BEWARE NEARBY DOGS WHEN TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR HOMEMADE TREATS.