Monday, 13 June 2016

{RECIPE} Nutty Bran Bite "Breakfast" Dog Treats

These dog treats are packed with favourite doggy flavours and sneak in a dose of fibre and other goodness. Named for their breakfast menu of ingredients, we don't (of course!) suggest serving these instead of a healthy dog breakfast, just as special treats for very good boys and girls.

Nutty Bran Bite "Breakfast" Dog Treats

1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup bran Can use bran cereal (see tips below) or plain baking bran. 
2 tbsp carob powder
2 tbsp ground flax 
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup rice flour

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix yogurt and brand and let sit together for a few minutes to soften (can skip straight to mixing if using baking bran).  Mix in the remaining ingredients with rice flour last, adding that incrementally to make a nice firm dough.  The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your ingredients. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll by hand into small balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and gently press to flatten. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Cool before serving and storage. 


Tips and Tricks:
  • We use low fat / low sugar yogurt. Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs. Plain works or choose a dog-safe complimentary flavour for this recipe.
  • If you are using bran cereal in lieu of baking bran, check your ingredients to ensure they don't contain any surprises that many upset your dog's belly.  Most, even the healthy ones, will include some sugar and/or salt; however, if these are low then those unhealthy additions will only be very small amounts in the volumes used/served in these treats.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.  The dough can also be frozen unbaked for future use.
  • 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.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :)  It's pretty might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes. Happy baking!

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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