There’s quite a bit of snow on the ground outside my window here in Gettysburg, and I’d say we’ve officially arrived in the dead of winter. Given these chilly conditions, frozen dog treats may not seem very seasonal, but I thought that I could get away with it if the frozen goodies looked like little snowballs. Plus, my dog and his pals seem to enjoy frozen treats no matter what the season!
These simple, no-bake treats consist of a peanut butter base that is rolled in unsweetened coconut flakes to give it the snowy look. If you’re in a rush or don’t happen to have the coconut on hand, you can certainly skip that step and just freeze the peanut butter mixture in balls, or press the mixture into an ice cube tray or other mold before popping them into the freezer. The coconut flour really helps give this dough the body that it needs to be easily rolled into balls, but in a pinch it can be replaced with an extra 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats.
If you’re going to be storing these treats in the freezer for any amount of time, I find it best to freeze them inside an airtight container–such as Gladware or Tupperware–lined with wax paper. If your furry friends are going to be eating the treats right away, you could just freeze the treats on a plate, platter, or tray lined with wax paper and covered with plastic wrap.
Peanut Butter Snowballs
Makes about 24 treats
1 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup coconut flour
Unsweetened flaked coconut, as needed for coating
1. In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, oats, and coconut flour.
2. Place about 3/4 cup of the coconut flakes in a small, shallow bowl.
3. Use a tablespoon or small scoop the peanut butter mixture into portions. Roll each scoop between your hands to form it into a ball.
4. One by one, place each peanut butter ball into the bowl of coconut and roll it around until the ball is completely coated in coconut.
5. Arrange the treats inside a container or on a plate lined with wax paper and place them inside the freezer for at least 2 hours. The treats can be placed very close together for freezing but should be arranged in a single layer if you want to keep the round shape.