Wednesday, 24 June 2015

{RECIPE} Easy Canada Day Beetroot and Beef Dog Treats

Next Wednesday (1 July) is Canada Day, so we thought that we would share a little something for our Canadian friends and readers (Hello! We love the way you make Canada light up on our stats map!). We have a recipe prepped for Independence Day and Bastille Day as well, so stay tuned! If you would like us to try and create a special post for an upcoming holiday or occasion in your part of the world, drop us a comment here or on Facebook.

Easy Canada Day Beetroot and Beef Dog Treats

  • 1 cooked beetroot, pureed or mashed
  • 1 small single-serve jar of beef baby food
  • Dash of maple syrup (optional)
  • 1-2 cups of rice flour, or other flour of your choice  
  • water if/as needed

Preheat over to 180C. Mix together the beetroot, baby food, and maple syrup (if used). Incrementally add flour to your wet ingredients, mixing into a firm dough. Amount of flour required will depend on the volume of your wet ingredients and the beetroot, as well as type of flour.  Work incrementally.  You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes.  Bake on a lined baking tray for approximately 15-20 minutes. These soft "Sunday Dinner" flavoured treats should be left to cool, and then you can pop them into a container for storage or freezing.

Tips and Tricks:

  • These treats are naturally colored by the ingredients.  The yellow-orange hue of the baby food combined with the pink-red of the beetroot merge into a natural red treat without added colourings.
  • The beetroot can be finely mashed (textured like my treats) or pureed (smooth even colour). 
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion. We used a beef and sweet potato mix - our dogs love it! That with beetroot makes these treats kind of like a cooked dinner. Hehe.
  • This dough can be pre-made and frozen if you prefer to make smaller batch of treats. Alternatively, you can bake and freeze the extras for later.
  • These treats can (of course) be cut into other shapes (a maple leaf would be fun!) or simply made into treat balls (like our Tuna Shortbreads) if you don't like the hassle of rolling dough.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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