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Recipe Friday – Yogurt Bone Shaped Berry Parfait For Dogs

This is a great, cool treat for your doggies.  One thing to mention, use Greek yogurt for a layer on the bottom, to make them easier to manage and give a thicker texture.  (It does not freeze as well as the regular yogurt, so if you want them to be hard frozen do not use any Greek yogurt).  You don’t have to use a bone shaped cookie cutter, anything will do, but the bone shape makes it cute for your dog.  This recipe makes one dog bone treat, so if you want to make more, double or triple the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ~1 tablespoon of Greek Yogurt
  • ~1 tablespoon of Plain Yogurt
  • ~2 teaspoon of fresh blackberries juice (=3 pieces of blackberries)
  • 4 x-small pieces of strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of oats (you can use organic, gluten free oats for those dogs with allergies.)

 

Directions

Use a Bone cookie cutter as a mold. Place it on a flat surface. I used a plate.

1. Pour into the mold ~ 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt.* Freeze it for about an hour. (or more depending on how hard you might want to try to make the treat.  Remember, it does not freeze as well as the regular yogurt, so you might just want to use regular yogurt for the whole recipe).

2. Pour ~2  teaspoons of the fresh blackberries juice. Smashed blackberries can be added too. Freeze it for about 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Place little pieces of strawberries.

4. Pour ~1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Freeze it for 20 minutes.

5. Place the oats on top. Freeze it for another 10-15 minutes.

You can cut this up into four pieces and give as a treat throughout the day.  Remember to feed in moderation, and hopefully your pup will enjoy!

 

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Recipe Friday – Peanut Butter Oaty Cookies for Dogs

Your dog may enjoy this peanut buttery treat; I will post the regular recipe, along with substitutions for those doggies with allergies:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour  (you can use 1 3/4 cups of brown rice flour, or any other gluten free flour, you may have to play with the actual amount, but this amount worked well for me.)
  • 1 cup oats (you can buy organic oats, or gluten free ones)
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter ( you can buy all natural peanut butter, where peanuts are the only ingredient)
  • 1 cup warm water

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add in the peanut butter and slowly add in the warm water while mixing together.

3. Roll out into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for an hour to firm up.

4. Store in the refrigerator for about a week and freeze any leftovers.  Remember to feed in moderation.

Recipe Friday – Pumpkin Blueberry Cookie Treats For Dogs

These are sure to be a hit with dogs everywhere!  I have included information for the recipe to be regular and gluten free:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (use about 2 1/2 cups of brown rice flour or almond flour for a gluten free option.  You may have to play with the amount to get the right consistency.)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup water

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Blend together the applesauce and pumpkin. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and flax seed meal. Add in enough water until dough just becomes workable. The dough will be a little stiff, but don’t worry, that’s what you need. Work the rest of the ingredients together with your hands until well mixed.

3. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut in to your desired shapes.

4. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Press the blueberries into your treats (I made a circular cookie with a  thumbprint in the cookies and pressed the berries into the thumbprints.)  It is all right if the berries break open and get gooey.

5. Bake on one side for 20 minutes then turn over and bake on the other side for another 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before feeding to your pups!

Store in the refrigerator for a week and freeze the rest if there are leftovers.  The amount it makes depends on the size of cookies you make.

Recipe Friday – Bacon Cookies

Your dog will be happy with these amazing treats, as long as their humans don’t consume all the bacon first!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon (~5 slices)
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon fat
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • ~1 1/2 c (whole wheat) flour (For a gluten free treat, use about 1 cup of rice flour)

Directions:

1. Mix the oats, bacon, and fat in a large bowl and then pour on the hot water. Stir the mixture until most of the water is absorbed and the fat is evenly distributed.

2. Next, whisk in the egg and cornmeal. Then begin adding the flour, about a half cup at a time, until a firm dough forms.

3. Scoop the dough into balls with a large tablespoon* and place each ball on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Using your fingers, flatten each ball into a biscuit shape. The biscuits won’t spread or rise in the baking, so whatever shape you make them into is the shape they will be.

4. Bake the biscuits in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the biscuits are firm, but with a bit of give in the center. When they are completely cool, serve.

IMPORTANT: The size varies depending on the size of your dog’s mouth. These biscuits can get stuck to the roof of a dog’s mouth, so either make the biscuit size accordingly or break them up before giving them to your dog.  These treats are a bit softer, so if your dog is older, or has sensitive mouth/teeth, these will be great for them.  But they are not just for older dogs.  Any dog will love these treats, just feed in moderation!

 

Recipe Friday – Pot Pie (Minus The Pie)

Your dog is sure to love this treat.  Sasha could not get enough.  I will be making this often!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour (for gluten free flour, try rice flour or almond flour)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound deli-sliced turkey, chopped (or any other meat, if your dog cannot eat turkey)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

 

Directions:
1. In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Stir in the turkey, veggies and parsley and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool to almost room temperature, then serve.

Makes about 4 servings depending on the size of your dog.

Recipe Friday – Cheddar Rosemary Chippies for dogs Gluten Free

These healthy and yummy treats are sure to please your fur baby!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Oat Flour

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with your cookie cutter of your choice.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned.

Cool and refrigerate.

Makes 2 dozen rounds.

Recipe Friday – Pumpkin Pupscicles

These cold and frosty treats are wonderful and will keep your dog busy (hopefully) for a few minutes at least!  Important: Make sure that you use 100% pure pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling, as it contains stuff dogs don’t need and can make them ill.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15 oz can pure pumpkin puree
  • Same amount of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

If you have several dogs, of course you can double the recipe.

 

Directions:

1. Pour pumpkin into a large bowl.

2. Fill empty can with vanilla yogurt and add to the bowl.

3. Add cinnamon.

4. Mix well.

5. Pour into ice cube tray and let freeze, or if you have molds you want to use, fill it up and freeze, then serve.

 

Recipe Friday – Parsley Breath Treats For Dogs

Just another recipe for good breath treats for dogs.  These treats are sure to please both furbaby and human alike.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (for a gluten free recipe, you can use about 1 cup of almond or rice flour, you may have to play with the amount if the dough is too dry).
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C

2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

3. If the dough is too dry add a little water.

4. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out squares, or whatev er shape you want, if you have cookie cutters that will work as well, then transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

6.Cool on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

 

Recipe Friday- Cranberry Apple Dog Biscuits

Just in time for Christmas, here is a great recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh Cranberries
  • 1 cup Apple Sauce
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (if your dog has gluten allergies, you can use about 1 3/4 cups of Rice Flour or the same amount of Almond Flour, you may have to play around to get the right amount)
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Milk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Puree cranberries and mix with applesauce. Once combined add milk, cinnamon and flour until dough is well mixed.

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned at the edges.

5. Cool and refrigerate.

Makes between 2-4 dozen treats, depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use.  You can store in a jar, if not used up in a couple weeks, freeze the rest.

Recipe Friday – Turkey Cranberry Treats For Dogs

These will be a great treat between now and Christmas, and great if you have leftovers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained (if your dog cannot eat turkey, you can use chicken, beef or pork, same amount).
  • 1 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk (you can use whichever kind of milk you have on hand)
  • 2 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour (if your dog has allergies, you can use about 2 cups of Rice Flour, or about 1 3/4 – 2 cups of Almond flour, you will probably have to play around with the amount to make it the right consistency).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/2 inch thick and cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

5. You can keep them in a cookie jar (just make sure you are able to make note on the jar that it is for dog treats). Or you can store them in the fridge.  If you don’t use them up within two weeks, freeze the rest.

Makes 3 to 4 dozen rounds