One of my favorite things about early summer is the bounty of fresh strawberries. When I was little, we used to go once a year to a local berry farm to pick our own strawberries. Being out in the fields was such a novelty for us suburbanites, and once we’d picked what seemed like a thousand strawberries, we’d take them home and my mom would make strawberry shortcake and lots of homemade jam.
I haven’t picked berries myself yet this year, but I did pick up a bunch of delicious strawberries at a local farm market recently, so I decided to share some with our doggies. When these treats are baking, they smell very much like strawberry shortcake, and most dogs will love the sweetness of the berries and honey.
Using a teaspoon to portion the dough makes a really nice sized treat for most dogs, and the finished treats are still soft enough to break into smaller pieces if you need to for really small pups.
Strawberry Oat Balls
Makes about 72 treats
1 cup whole, fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
2 cups oat flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender.
3. Transfer the strawberry puree to a bowl and combine with the honey, egg, and water.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the oat flour, rice flour, and oat bran.
5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
6. Scoop the dough by the teaspoonful, and use your hands to roll each scoop into a ball.
7. Arrange the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake until the balls are firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.