Wednesday, 6 December 2017

{RECIPE} Fabulously Fishy Salmon and Oat Dog Treats

These fabulously fishy treats are so stinky doggone droolworthy. Smelly equals irresistible to our boys! These treats were baked using the ready-to-mix dry ingredients pictured in our easy DIY Dog Treat Jar, but are equally pawesome made straight up. Definitely a hit with our dogs! They may not be as pretty as some of the holiday treats we have in our line up for you in our pre-Christmas bonanza this year, but dogs are all about the smell/taste and this is a sure to please recipe that any dog on the nice list would love to receive from Santa Paws and his helpers.

Fabulously Fishy Salmon and Oat Dog Treats

Dry Ingredients (Jar Mix - See Tips and Tricks):
1+ 1/2 cups of rice flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1 cup rolled oats

Wet Ingredients:
1 large (210g) can of water-packed salmon (or tuna if you prefer), undrained
2 eggs
Approximately 1/4 cup water

Preheat over to 180C. To help with making a smoother roll-and-cut dough, whizz the rolled oats in a food processor into a coarse oat flour.
Tip: The rolled oats give a nice variation for the layering in the treat jar mix, but I dislike working with them in roll-and-cut recipes as the chunk texture makes the treats harder to cut and crumblier after baked. We're using the food processor for the fish anyway (and there is no need to wash/rinse between), so this is an easy prep step to help bake a better treat.  Combine the oats with the remainder of you dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Remove the salmon from the can, remove any visible pieces of bone, and puree the salmon in a food processor until smooth.  Even our cranky old cat Tiger got rather excited about this step of the baking process and hopped up on the counter for a photobomb. :) Add the pureed salmon and eggs to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Incrementally work in water until you have a nice cohesive dough. Water quantity will depending on the salmon and your 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 additional water or a small drizzle of olive oil to adjust. Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven. Cool before storage and serving. Freeze for longer storage.

Because of the size of my treat jar used for the mix, I needed to bake a large batch of treats (I usually prefer to have lots of small batch variety...because I'm a crazy treat baker) but I'm fairly certain that my dogs are pretty darned happy about the big container of fishy treats in the freezer. I like to freeze our treats and remove them in small quantities to defrost for always fresh treats as well as mixing things up with different treat varieties.  This means that the counter top (and fridge) treat jars at our place are never kept full, but they always have something fresh and interesting so paws come running when they hear the lids open.

Tips and Tricks:
  • See our DIY Treat Jar post for more information about prepping and gifting a ready-to-mix doggy treat dough.  There are free printable tags/labels in the post too!  If you are gifting a ready-to-mix dough, like this one, that has some shelf-stable wet ingredients, you can also use the treat dough as party of a larger doggy gift basket for baking if you'd like.  Include the shelf-stable wets (the can of Salmon in this case) and perhaps a few other doggy baker goodies, such as cookie cutters, oven mitts, an apron, cooking utensils, etc. You can even use a mixing bowl for the gift basket, if you'd like!
  • 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. 
  • For a crunchier treat, you can let baked treats sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or pop the baked treats into a dehydrator. I dehydrated mine and the dogs were sooooo excited sniffing around the kitchen with the fishy teat smell. Me, not so much. Haha!
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage or the dough can be frozen unbaked for future use.

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.

We have a Christmas post for you every weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more!  Stay tuned for holiday fun, and we'll see you again tomorrow!

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