Wednesday, 25 November 2015

{RECIPE} Super Simple Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Fancy treats are fun (and delicious of course), but your dog(s) will be just as appreciative of  a quick and simple treat.  Celebrating American Thanksgiving this week?  It's not too late to include you pup!  These two ingredient treats take mere minutes to whip up (great for cooking with kids!) much to the joy and delight of your eagerly awaiting taste-tester pups, and can be easily customised to any dog friendly flavour.

Super Simple Thanksgiving (or Anytime!) Dog Treats

  • 1 single-serve jar of baby food (we used kumara/sweet potato and carrot in this batch - see tips below)
  • Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • Warm water if/as needed

Preheat oven to 180C. Empty the baby food into a mixing bowl, and incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • 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. For this simple dough recipe, you can choose any dog-safe food flavour that you think your pup would enjoy. 
  • Alternatively, you can substitute an equivalent amount of dog-safe cooked pureed fruit and/or veggies.  We like to make and freeze batches of cooked veggies to have on hand for easy dog (and human!) use.  Take advantage of your Thanksgiving dinner prep and cooking to put a little extra aside (unseasoned) for future dog treats. :)
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Rice flour is a solid starchy baker's option. If your chosen baby food is gluten-free, then so are these treats. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, some of your turkey dinner (like roasted turkey...cue doggy drool!) can be safely shared as a special treat without any extra fuss. Remember, no matter how difficult it may be to resist those puppy dog eyes, some Thanksgiving treats simply aren't safe to share with your pup.  Check out the ASPCA's post for Thanksgiving pet safety tips.  Alternatively, you can pass food and treat your dog to a new toy (maybe a DIY fleece tug toy in autumn colours?) or perhaps a festive bandana (here is a quick how-to on making a no-sew pet bandana). Of course, the most pawesome treat of all is enjoying the autumn outdoors together! Roll in the leaves, chase them in the wind, sniff all of the good autumn smells, and have a wonderful time.  Work off your Thanksgiving dinner and treats together. :)  Have a great holiday long weekend!

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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