Let me start with a warning: If you are in the camp that was offended by the legendary SNL Schweddy Balls skit, skip right on over the first half of this post and proceed straight to the G rated Cake Pops for Dogs portion of this post, because you’re going to hate the first half.
Still here? Good.
I have been searching my local grocery establishments high and low trying to find this ice cream to no avail. I don’t know if it’s because they have refused to carry it in protest of its saucy title, or because it’s flying off the shelves faster than they can keep it in stock. Based on the Facebook chatter I’ve seen, I’m going with the latter. Nonetheless, it was a great inspiration for me to come up with today’s Baking With Brody Segment, Balls Done Two Ways.
1. Brody Balls
With the holiday season coming up, we’re all looking for a treat we can give to our pups. And we are all looking for ways to do it as easily as possible, right? Because baking is a lot of work. So what better way to save a little time than to make a no-bake peanut butter ball for our canine companions? I adapted this recipe from one I found on Vegan Flower.
The ingredients are easy: peanut butter, oats, flax seed, molasses, and dried fruit.
I know what you are saying when you look at this: Dear God, are those raisins? What kind of vet are you? Don’t worry, they are dried blueberries.
Combine 1 cup of peanut butter with 1 tbsp of molasses.
Add 1 cup oats, 1/2 tbsp ground flax, and 1/4 cup dried fruit. Mix well. See? This took 2 minutes, tops.
Roll into balls and chill in refrigerator for an hour.
Now you can stop there, and your dog will be none the wiser.
Though of course I rolled them in carob powder, because I had it.
And were they a success? Now comes the pun you’ve all been waiting for. I’m sorry. I have to do it.
Brody loves licking his Brody Balls.
I know, I know. But it had to be done.
Part 2: Cake Pops for Pups
You can certainly stop at the balls stage, but maybe you want to up the ante a little. Maybe you’ve been reading Bakerella like me, and attempted that hot mess that is making cake pops, messy, crumbly, labor-intensive little things that they are.
We can do that. Sure it’s not actual cake, but baked goods are a lot more work to make so let’s just call them puppy pops and call it a day.
You just need some Fido’s Frosting and a bag of rawhide sticks.
I love this stuff.
Step 1: Stick a rawhide stick in the peanut butter ball.
Step 2: Mix up 1/2 c of Fido’s Frosting with 6 tsp water. No microwave, no candy melts involved. Just water and a spoon. Easy peasy, just how I like it. Because it’s for my dog, and he doesn’t care.
Step 3: Dip balls in Frosting. Ignore if they are not perfect (see Step 2.) Sprinkle with non-pareils if you have them, or coconut, or don’t. The nice thing about dogs is that they don’t judge.
Voila! You look like the Martha Stewart of the dog world and it took you 10 minutes tops. Laugh if you want, but I just know someone’s going to steal this and put it on the cover of their dog magazine and sell a million copies. You saw it here first, folks.
If you’ve ever walked around the house holding peanut butter pops that the dogs KNOW are for them, you will know the frenzy that accompanied this photoshoot. They were as well received as a deep fried Mac and Cheese ball at a Paula Deen convention.