April 11, 2016
6 Homemade Treats We Think Your Dog Will Love!
Are you looking to spoil your little furbaby with some homemade treats, but don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got some recipes here that are sure to be a hit! It’s important to make sure that everything that goes into homemade treats are safe and palatable for your four legged friend.
1. Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Dog Treats:
• 1 egg
• ⅓ cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy)
• 1 cup whole wheat flower
• ½ cup oats
• 1 mashed banana (1/2 cup)
• Preheat oven to 300 degrees
• Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.
• Roll it out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (I use the cap of spices for tiny circles, since he’s itty bitty.)
• Place the cutouts on a baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes
2. Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini Healthy Treats:
• 1 cup pumpkin puree
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 large eggs
• 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
• 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
• 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
• 1 zucchini, shredded
• 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
• In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
• Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
• Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
• Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
• Let cool completely.
3. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats:
• 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
• 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
• 1 free range egg, beaten
• 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
• Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
• Beat egg and set aside.
• Combine applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats in a large bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the egg over the mixture and set aside the remaining 1 tablespoon of egg.
• Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not overly sticky. Add a bit more or less flour if necessary.
• Take a two tablespoon sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll into a tube. It should be about 10 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
• Take each tube and make into a U shape, then twist the ends together and fold back to the top. This makes the pretzel shape. Pinch the ends in to make sure they’re secure.
• Place the pretzels onto the baking tray. Brush the top of each pretzel with the remaining egg.
• Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until they’re slightly browned and become crispy. The pretzels should be pretty hard, just like pups love them!
• Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
• Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
4. Chewy Cheddar Puppy Puffs:
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
• ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
• ½ cup evaporated lowfat milk
• 1 large egg
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.
• Drop the dough by teaspoons full onto a greased cookie sheet.
• Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden.
• Remove from the oven, cool and store in an airtight container
5. Doggie Breath Mints:
• 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, (optional whole wheat flour)
• 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
• 1 large egg
• 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)
• Preheat the oven to 325° F
• Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
• Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (1-inch mints) mints. Place mints about 1/4-inch apart on a parchment lined or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
• Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
6. Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Bone Treats:
• 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour (can substitute whole wheat flour if you know your dog is okay with wheat)
• 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (can substitute mashed sweet potato, thinned down with a little water)
• 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
• 2 large eggs
• Pinch of salt
• Preheat oven to 350f.
• In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, and peanut butter until smooth. Add the flour and salt and mix with a rubber spatula or your hands to form a stiff, dry dough. (If the dough is too dry to hold together, add a few drops of water, or a little more pumpkin puree, as needed).
• Dust your counter or work surface with a little more flour and dump the dough out. Knead the dough into a rough ball, and roll between 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use any cookie cutters you like to make the biscuits. Re-roll and cut any scraps. If you’d like, use the tines of a fork to poke indentations about half-way deep into each biscuit.
• Place biscuits onto an un-lined baking sheet (they can be spaced as close as you like, since they won’t spread at all) and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the tray and flip each biscuit over – return to the oven and bake for another 10-20 minutes, or until completely dry. Let cool before treating your pup!
Make sure before adding or changing your dog’s diet that you consult your veterinarian if they have any food allergies or you think they might have food allergies. Also, make sure not to give too many treats at one time as they can upset your dog’s stomach, everything in moderation!