Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Homemade dog treats

Here are 5 recipes for homemade treats. If you make them regularly and store them like  do, I add a little natural colouring (like beetroot or carrot juice) so that I can tell the difference.
Crispy potato doggie snacks:
6 or 7 large sweet potatoes with the skin on cooked till tender
2 cups dry quinoa 2 tbsp.
chopped seaweed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup minced parsley

1. Cook the sweet potatoes with the skin on cooked till tender.
2. Cook the quinoa as per the package instructions, but instead of using water use the cooking liquid from the sweet potatoes.
3. After the sweet potatoes cool, add them to a large bowl and smash them. I used a potato masher, but if you add a bit of the cooking liquid you could use an immersion blender.
4. To the bowl, add the quinoa, seaweed, garlic and parsley. Mix well with a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, drop mounds of the dough into your hands and flatten out slightly
5. Load the flattened dough onto your oven tray. Cook for 5 minutes on 180 degrees or until lightly browned.

Peanut butter dog biscuits:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, and then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead.
3. Roll dough to 1cm thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
4. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Keep an eye on these if your oven is a bit off they can burn easily.
5. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.

Apple cinnamon cookies
1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup oatmeal
1 ½  cups whole-wheat flour
1/8  cup whole-wheat flour

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Core, slice and mince the apple. use a food processor if you have one.
3. In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form stiff dough.
4. In a small bowl, add 1/8-cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 5cm apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour to prevent sticking, flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides.
7. Reduce oven temperature to 110 °C. Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

Oatmeal bark bites
¼  cup molasses
½  tbsp. brown gravy mix
½  tbsp. vegetable oil
1 ¼  cup flour
1 cup carrots
1/3 cup spinach
2 cups rice
2 packages oatmeal
4 tbsp. applesauce

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees .
2. Stir Ingredients, but adding flour gradually.
3. Drop on cookie sheet using tsp.
4. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Bad breath banishers
½  cup chopped fresh mint
½  cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg
1 tablespoon activated charcoal
2 cups brown rice flour
2/3 cup low-fat milk
3 Tablespoons canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Lightly oil a cookie sheet.
3. Combine flour and charcoal. Add all the other ingredients.
4. Drop by the teaspoon on an oiled sheet, about 3cms apart.
5. Bake 15-20 minutes. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
I hope your dog loves them as much as Bella does.
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