Located roughly midway between New Zealand and Hawaii, Samoa is in the westernmost part of the Samoan Islands, and comprises the two main isles of Savai’i and Upolu, plus four smaller ones and eight islets.
Being an island nation, fish, shellfish, and seaweed are staples in Samoa. The climate in Samoa ensures there’s an abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables: coconut, taro, yam, breadfruit, and banana. Pineapple, papaya, rice, mango, pumpkin, and cocoa also figure prominently in Samoan cuisine.
Traditionally, Samoan food is not spicy – instead it relies on the richness of coconut (flesh and cream) to impart flavor and moistness.
One of the most yummy yet simple Samoan dishes I knew would be a hit with our dogs. This can be used at any celebration or special occasion for your dog as well in place of cake. It is that delicious. And can you share? We can’t talk you out of it!
Fa’apapa – Baked Coconut Bread From Samoa For Dogs
2 cups organic flour
⅓ cup organic honey
1⅓ cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes
½ can organic coconut milk
1 tablespoon baking powder
Put everything together in a bowl and mix well with your hands which will not overwork the dough. Divide into two equal portions. Generously grease some baking paper with olive oil. Flatten each portion of dough into a slab no bigger than 1 inch/2.5 thick. Wrap each portion tightly in the baking paper. Bake at 400°F 35-40 minutes or until crust is well-browned.
Let cool completely at room temperature. Never serve hot food to your dog.
Disclaimer: Always consult a vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. This recipe is meant as a treat and not a meal replacement.