Monday, 21 August 2017

{RECIPE} Naturally Golden Turmeric Star Dog Treats

Turmeric powder gives these sour cream and chicken treats a gorgeous all-natural golden colour (perfect for stars) and adds some doggone great smell/taste to the mix as well. My dogs love turmeric (cue the drool) which make me pretty happy too since it's full of healthy goodness - especially for our ageing senior.  

Naturally Golden Turmeric Star Dog Treats 

1/3 cup low fat sour cream (or thick-style low fat plain yogurt)
1/4 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock*
2 tbsp turmeric
A sprinkle of black pepper
2 tbsp ground flax
Approximately 3/4 cup rice flour
Additional flour or water if/as needed to adjust for consistency

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine all ingredients except for the flour. Mix thoroughly, then incrementally add flour to form a nice firm workable dough. Different sour creams may vary in liquid content, so working incrementally is important. You may need to use use less/more flour to adjust consistency depending on your specific ingredients. Overshoot? No worries! You can add a bit of water (or a touch of olive oil) if you find the mix a bit too dry when you are ready to roll.  Roll, cut to shape, and place on a prepared baking sheet.  Bake at 180C for approximately 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool before storage and serving.

Tips and Tricks
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade dog food. It can be hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, but the treats can be made with an alternative liquid if you wish, including plain water. There's plenty of tasty goodness with the sour cream and turmeric.
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, made bigger/smaller, or you can substitute simple balls for roll-and-cut treats. Keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • If you like a crunch treat instead of a cookie, with these and any baked treat, you can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or use a dehydrator and dry into a cracker-like crunchy biscuit. 
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage. 

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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