Monday, 19 June 2017

{RECIPE} Maple Cinnamon Apple Canada Day Dog Treats

DIY Canada Day Dog Treat Recipe - Maple Cinnamon Apple Canada Day Dog Treats

These treats smell SO GOOD! The recipe is an adaptation from our popular Autumn Apple Puppy Pie Dog Treats.  They also smell amazing and the dogs love them; however, it's a soft dough which can be tricky for working with in detailed shapes, so I wanted to firm things up a little for my mini maple leaf cutters and massive moose. I tweaked the recipe for an eggier dough with a splash of maple and switched to buckwheat flour instead of my favourite rice flours. Pancakes in cookie form! Ohhh...massive maple apple cinnamon moose cookies...drool!  Perfect for Canada Day, but sharing of giant treats is highly recommended (not by the dogs though!). 

Maple Cinnamon Apple Canada Day Dog Treats

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 eggs
1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup (optional)
1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
Approximately 2 cups buckwheat flour (or equivalent substitute) + extra for rolling

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine apple sauce, egg, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a bowl. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity will vary with your wet ingredients and optional add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of water or additional apple sauce to adjust.  On a lightly floured surface, roll your dough and cut into shapes*. Place on a prepared cookie tray and lightly brush the surface with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes depending on size and thickness. Cool before serving and storage.  

DIY Canada Day Dog Treat Recipe - Maple Cinnamon Apple Canada Day Dog Treats

Tips and Tricks: 
  • My maple leaves were shaped the same was as these leaves, and the animal shapes were  also embellished from basic cutter outlines with the tip of a knife and a skewer for eyes/details.
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • Don't let the "wheat" in buckwheat mislead you, as the flour is actually made from the ground seeds of the buckwheat plant. Buckwheat flour can be used as a healthy grain-free/gluten-free option for homemade dogs treats, which can be helpful for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities. It's also low GI and full of healthy goodness, which is why I sometimes use it for making treats. You can substitute another flour if you prefer, and adjust the liquids if/as needed to get a nice consistency for rolling.
  • 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. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use. 
  • These are soft-style cookie treats, but you can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or these are great popped into a dehydrator and dried into a cracker-like crunchy biscuit. I like to dehydrate mine. Yummy! And the house smells fantastic too!

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

DIY Canada Day Dog Treat Recipe - Maple Cinnamon Apple Canada Day Dog Treats

1 comment:

  1. This July 1st marks 151th Canada day. It is an occasion when one hundred and fifty-one years ago Canada got freedom from British Empire, earlier it was a colony of Britain. It is celebrated with great zeal and passion every year. In 1867, July the first, Canada became a federation of four colonies, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, and it became a self-governing Dominion of Great Britain.


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