Dog Treat Recipes
Dogs, like people love snacks. Unfortunately many commercial treats are full of preservatives, artificial flavors, colors and additives. Some quick and easy healthy choice would include raw carrots, green beans, broccoli, and apples.
Want something a little more exciting? Here are a few dog treat recipes to try. Be sure to check back frequently as we will be adding more recipes over the coming month’s.
Don’t have time to bake your own?
Check out some of our handcrafted organic dog treats that we make.
Frozen Organic Peanut Butter, Banana and Yogurt treats
16 ounces organic plain yogurt
1 ripe to very ripe organic banana
2 ounces organic peanut butter (such as once again nut butter, who roast their peanuts in their own facility in New York)
1-2 ounce filtered water
Combine yogurt, bananas, peanut butter and water in a blender and puree on high until well mixed. If mixer is to thick to pour add a little more water.
Divide between 8, 4 ounce plastic containers with lids (like the ones you find in a grocery store) Only fill ¾ full to allow room for expansion when they freeze. Put in freezer until frozen.
When it’s time to give them a treat just pop off the lid and set the container down, they will slowly lick it until the cup is empty. (We put it on a rug for Thumper otherwise he tends to push it across the floor)
Crunchy organic oatmeal bars
1 pound organic whole spelt flour
4 ounces organic rolled oats (chopped coarse in a blender or with a knife)
2 ounces organic blackstrap molasses
1 ounce organic sunflower oil
1 ¼ cup filtered water
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees for a convection oven or 350 for a standard oven. lace spelt flour, and oats in a large bowl. Combine water, molasses, and oil in another bowl and blend together. Pour water mixture into oat mixture and stir until you have a dough that holds together with no flour streaks. It should feel tacky to the touch but not stick to you fingers. If it sticks add a little more flour.
Divide the dough in half. Roll each piece into a long rope shape about 1 to 1 ½ inch’s in diameter. Using a sharp knife slice the dough into rounds about 1/8th inch thick (you can flatten them by hand if you can’t cut them this thin) The thinner they are cut the faster they will cook.
Lay flat on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes, then rotate the pans and bake about 15-20 minutes more or until they are crisp or almost crisp(these will crisp up as they cool). Let cool on a wire rack, then give some to your four legged friends.
Cheesy Kong Stuffer
1 quart plain low fat organic yogurt
1 medium organic sweet potato
1 organic apple
1 ounce organic shredded parmesan
Scoop out the yogurt into a strainer or colander lined with cheesecloth. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours to drain off the whey.
Peel the sweet potato and apple, and cut into chunks. Toss with a little bit of oil and bake in a 375 degree oven until totally soft . Remove and let cool to room temperature them mash together.
Remove yogurt cheese from the cheesecloth and place in a bowl with parmesan. And mashed sweet potato mixture. Chill several hours to firm it up before using. ( Plain yogurt cheese is also great on a bagel for Mom and Dad as a substitute for cream cheese)
You can mix the chilled yogurt cheese mixture with some broken up treats as a kong stuffing or spread a little on a sharp cheddar biscuit and make an “oreo” type cookie for your dog.
Chicken and Apple Crunchies
1 ½ lbs. Organic whole grain spelt flour
10 ounces Organic low sodium chicken broth (I prefer pacific brand)
1 ounce organic flax seeds ground
½ ounce Organic sunflower oil
1 peeled and grated organic Fuji apple (no pits)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine everything and mix until you have a smooth dough and all flour is incorporated
- Divide in half
- Using a rolling pin roll out to about 1/8th inches thick and cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, or knife. Repeat with other half
- Bake on a half sheet pan for 20 minutes, rotate pans 180 degrees and continue to bake 15-20 more until biscuits brown and crisp.
- Let cool on a wire rack then store in and airtight container.
Cheesy Holiday canes
This easy recipe creates colorful, edible canes for dog. They make great holiday gifts for all the furry friends in your life.
Make a batch of pizza dough as follows.
Pizza dough - 18 oz. all purpose flour, 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast (aka bread machine yeast), 2 tsp kosher salt, 5 Tbsp olive oil, 11 oz. water
- In a large bowl combine flour and yeast. Combine well.
- Mix in salt
- Add oil and water
- Stir until dough forms
- Transfer to a floured board and knead for 8 minutes
- Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in bulk--approx 1 hour. When doubled divide in two.
- Use ½ the dough for this recipe and save the other ½ for pizza!
Pressed for time?? Substitute refrigerated pizza dough from your local market.
To make the canes......
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Add an additional ¼ cup flour and natural red food coloring from the health food store to the dough.
- Spread the dough out on a floured board and stretch it until it is about ¼ inch thick being careful not to rip the dough.
- Divide the dough in half and set one half aside.
- Drop several drops of food coloring on one piece of the dough and spread the drops around. Cut the dough into strips between ¼ and ½ inch wide.
- Take out the other piece of dough and spread it out. This will be the white piece. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese. Cut it into strips also.
- Take a piece of red dough and a piece of white dough and twist the two together, then hook the top third of the strips creating a candy cane.
- Place canes on a greased cookie sheet and bake for approx 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- To make crisper canes turn the oven off but don’t remove the cookie sheet from the oven. The cookies will harden in the oven as it cools down. Just keep an eye on them while the oven is still hot to make sure they don’t burn.
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