Whether you are including something special for the dogs on the menu for American Thanksgiving feast next week, plotting your Christmas canine cooking, or simply looking for an anytime tasty treat recipe for your furry friends, why not bake up a batch of Tasty Turkey and Turmeric Treats?
Tasty Turkey and Turmeric Treats
approximately 150g lean ground turkey
1/2 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 and 1/4 cup self-raising whole wheat flour
2 tbsp of turmeric (optional)
a dash of ground black pepper (optional)
approximately 1/4 cup warm water
Toppings (optional): a sprinkle ground flaxseed, grated cheese, and/or breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 180C. Combine egg and turkey. Mix in pumpkin puree. Add all dry ingredients (excluding toppings) and stir to combine, then incrementally add warm water (adjust consistency with a little extra flour or water if needed) to mix into a very thick batter. Spread into a lightly oiled baking dish and sprinkle with toppings (optional). Bake for approximately 25 minutes until cooked through and firm to the touch. Keep an eye on things, as baking time will vary depending on the size and type of baking pan used. Cool before cutting into small bite-sized cubes of moist dense turkey-cakey deliciousness for serving and storage (refrigerate or freeze).
Tips and Tricks:
- While we typically avoid giving spices to our dogs, turmeric can actually be a healthy spice for dogs in moderation (check out Dogs Naturally, Can I Give My Dog or consult your favourite resource/vet for more information) and humans, too. My dogs love the smell and seem pretty keen on the taste too - it has become a go-to add-in for many of my homemade savory treats.
- You can substitute another lean ground meat or use an alternative type of flour instead of wheat germ and whole wheat to go gluten-free. Tweak the volumes if/as needed for a nice cakey/muffiny consistency.
- As an easy and healthy timesaver, we like to cube and roast a whole pumpkin/squash and then freeze for easy use in smaller quantities (for both human food and the pets!). If you prefer, you can substitute another dog friendly veggie puree, baby food (always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion to be dog-safe), or canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling). As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the quantities for consistency.
- These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras (it is a big batch). Simply cut into cubes, wrap to maintain freshness, pop them into your freezer, and defrost for a treat whenever you wish!
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.