We are now in a day and age that people are going vegan, organic, gluten free, etc. Well, the good news is that our pets can too. And that’s even better news for pets with food allergies. Out in cyberspace you can find oodles of recipes for Fido and if you are a pro at baking, you know there are lots of substitutions that can happen in those recipes. Long story short, go with what you think is best/healthiest for your dog, and experiment!
If you are unsure of the toxic/unsafe food list for dogs, the link is here for your convenience.
Some of the most common ingredients are peanut butter, liver, chicken, pumpkin, salmon & sweet potato. Not necessarily all in the same recipe, but definitely yummy for the pups.
Basic recipe :
2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup any type peanut butter
1 1/4 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix dry ingredients together.
Combine peanut butter, water & dry mixture. More water may be needed if dough is too sticky.
Knead dough well. Once finished kneading, either roll dough out to 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes, or roll into balls like “human peanut butter cookies” to press with a fork.
May use an eggwash at this stage (1 egg thoroughly whisked) and using a pastry brush “paint” the dog cookies. Gives them a sheen after baking.
Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. For best hardness results, leave out overnight. For slightly softer cookies, put in container once cool.
These cookies may be stored at room temperature for approximately 1 week, in the refrigerator for 3 weeks, and in the freezer for 6 months.
Another easy recipe for dog chews:
Sweet Potato Chews
1 Large Sweet Potato – washed & dried
Preheat oven to 250F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Holding your potato lengthwise, cut off the side of the potato keeping as close to the edge as you can. Do not discard. This will create a flat side to the potato so you can cut the rest into slices. Slice remaining potato into 1/4″ to 1/3″ thick slices. Place on parchment paper’ed cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 3 hours. It is recommended to turn once while baking. Cool completely on wire rack. Fetch Fido!
Best if stored either in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or freezer for up to 4 months.
Was that so hard? NOPE!
The best way to keep it healthy is to keep it as simple as possible. Dogs do not metabolize things the same way humans do. If you are unsure whether it will upset your dog’s stomach, research it first before baking with it. There are lots of easy ways to keep our pets happy and healthy. Have you baked today?
One site that seemed fairly easy to use and had lots of great recipes is shared for those of you who would like some further information and support. Happy treat making experiences!