Many people love coconut — and you can add most dogs to that list too! While we don’t know as much about coconut’s health benefits in dogs as we do for their human counterparts, it seems that the occasional coconut-based treat can be tasty and potentially offer a little boost for your pup.

Bring the snow indoors (without the cold) by making these no-bake coconut “snowball” treats. All you need is a food processor and a little room in your refrigerator to store them.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup oat flour OR 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened peanut butter 
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Shredded coconut to roll the treats in


  1. Place all ingredients in your food processor and pulse until a dough is formed.
  2. Scoop a handful of dough and form into balls at any size you prefer.
  3. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut with slight pressure to help the coconut stick to the dough.
  4. Keep refrigerated and enjoy within a week.

Recipe inspired by This article contains recipe information that is considered suitable for pets. However, not all pets can tolerate different foods — it depends on their age, health history, and health conditions. It is important to consult with your veterinarian before feeding your pet any new foods or offering your pet any of the ingredients contained in this recipe.


Heather Berst, MA, VMD

Dr. Berst is the Above Brand Medical Lead with Zoetis. In this role she serves as the medical partner for both the veterinary and consumer marketing teams.

Heather has been involved with both the state and national veterinary organizations. She was editor of the quarterly PVMA magazine and was the delegate for Pennsylvania for the AVMA House of Delegates. She was on the Penn Vet Alumni Board and was a board member for the Collaborative Care Coalition.

Heather holds a veterinary degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and in April 2018 she completed a master’s degree in Health Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. Before joining industry, Heather was a veterinarian in small animal private practice, and she continues to do relief work in practice.

She currently resides in Asheville, NC with her husband Rich and rescue Chinese Crested dog, Dottie. She also has a horse she shows in the jumpers, Elroy.