Like many of you, I’ve been looking for ways to save money without compromising my dog’s healthy diet. I decided to try making homemade treats, and I am SO glad I did! It is wonderful to only have to go to your freezer when the pups run out of cookies rather than the pet store…after checking your account balance first, lol!
Here is a very healthy and DELICIOUS recipe for cookies for your furbabies. I have sampled these treats with many ‘picky’ eaters and it’s a hit every single time, everyone asks for this recipe! All it takes is a few hours on a weekend day to make enough for a couple months! (This time of the year, I like to make REALLY big batches to last all summer to avoid turning the oven on when it’s hot out)
Leave out what your dog(s) will go through in a week or two and freeze the rest for later. 🙂 Have fun!!
PB & PUNKIN’ DOG BISCUITS:
2 1/2c. rice flour (can also use soy, oat or rye flour…or whole wheat if your dog isn’t allergic, or a combination of the above–though I find rice flour the easiest to work with)
3T ground flax seed
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
2T. pure, organic honey
3/4-1c pure canned pumpkin
2 tbl. creamy peanut butter (natural-no added sugar)
1/2c. applesauce (natural-no added sugar)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine all dry ingredients and whisk together well (whisking is an alternative to sifting, as per Martha Stewart..lol).
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, pumpkin, peanut butter and applesauce until thoroughly mixed and there are no PB lumps remaining.
Add pumpkin mix to dry ingredients and mix until combined and a dough forms. You can add more water or flour as needed to get the right consistency. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thick on a WELL floured surface. (sometimes I have to knead more flour into the dough if it’s sticky still…if the dough is crumbly, add a few drops of water at a time as needed) and cut into desired shapes. Transfer cut outs to cookie sheets and bake x 40 minutes or until hard and lightly browned, switching racks about half way through. Cool on wire racks.
This recipe doubles well too. You can add different flavors to these also…for example, cut the applesauce and replace it with a few drops of bacon that you saved from breakfast earlier that morning. Or omit the Peanut Butter and add some olive oil and low-sodium chicken or beef broth. You can also replace the canned pumpkin with pureed, cooked carrots! Get creative…your dogs will ♥ it! Just be sure to always use low-salt, no-sugar ingredients.
Remember to NEVER let your dog have any of the following (this should by no means be considered a complete list of toxic foods to dogs!):
- onions (no onion powder or salt either)
- garlic (especially with little dogs-there is controversy as to whether large dogs can tolerate garlic)
- chocolate (carob can be used in place of chocolate!)
- avocado, especially the pits
- macadamia nuts
This article was submitted to DogHeirs by Ally FurAnimals