How to make delicious treats for your puppy
While it’s easy to pop to the pet store and load up on snacks for your puppy, why not get creative and have a go at making some of your own?
By following some tried-and-tested recipes, you can make some tasty treats for your dog, with the benefit of knowing every single ingredient that’s gone into them.
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Pawfect treats for your pup
The internet is full of recipes for pup-friendly treats that can be enjoyed by your hound as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Here are some of our favourite DIY snacks:
Your pooch is bound to find these doggy doughnuts totally irresistible, plus most owners will find the ingredients in their kitchen cupboards.
In a bowl, mix one cup each of flour and oats, together with two eggs, ⅓ cup coconut oil and ½ cup peanut butter.
When a dough forms, fill a doughnut tray that’s been sprayed with oil and press firmly to make sure the mix sticks together.
Bake the doughnuts in a preheated oven set at 190°c for around 15 minutes, or until cooked, and allow to cool.
Now, for the topping: dunk each doughnut in greek yoghurt and sprinkle with delicious bacon bits – and voila!
These soft, scrumptious bites are sure to go down a ‘treat’! In a bowl, mash up one third of a banana, before adding one organic egg, ¾ cup unsalted almond butter and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and mixing all together.
Don’t worry if the batter seems a little thick and gooey – it’s meant to be like that!
Spoon out bitesize chunks onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake in a preheated oven at 180°c for ten minutes, turning the tray halfway to get an even bake.
The bites will keep for around five to seven days, but chances are they won’t make it that long anyway!
Cranberries are the star ingredient of these pup-friendly cookies, and they can be cut into any shape you see fit – whether that’s a traditional cookie circle, a Christmas tree for a festive snack, or a love heart to show your pooch just how much you adore them!
Set the oven to 170°c and in a bowl, beat two eggs and set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix 1½ cups of almond flour, one tablespoon of coconut oil and ½ cup of dried cranberries, then add in the eggs and knead the mix so that it forms a gooey dough.
At this point, add in 3-4 tablespoons of coconut flour a little at a time – this will make it easier to roll out.
When the dough is ready, roll out and cut out your cookies with your chosen cutter, before placing on a baking tray lined with parchment.
Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden and crisp, then leave to cool before treating your pup!
These refreshing watermelon treats are perfect for keeping your pup cool on hot days, or even after a long walk.
Cut chunks from a watermelon and blitz in a blender until super smooth.
In an empty ice cube tray, spoon a tablespoon of no-added-sugar Greek yogurt into each mould, before filling up with the watermelon puree.
Once they’re fully frozen (this should take around four hours) you can pop the treats out of the tray and store in an airtight container in the freezer. Delicious!
Pumpkin carrot bites
From cooling snacks to a hearty treat when the nights draw in – your pooch is bound to love nibbling on these simple pumpkin carrot bites.
Preheat the oven at 180°c and in a large bowl, mix together ¾ cup of canned pumpkin (make sure it’s only got pumpkin in it), a slightly beaten egg, ¼ cups of shredded carrots and a cup of whole wheat flour.
When the bites are cooked and cooled, storing them in your fridge will help to guarantee a longer shelf life.
Thought diabetes is more common in older pooches, pups can be diabetic as well. If yours is, then you’ll obviously want to avoid making treats that are sweet – and this recipe shared by All Recipes is a great option.
Preheat your oven to 175°c. In a food processor, finely chop 1 ½ pounds of cubed beef liver before adding ½ cup of whole wheat flour and two eggs, and processing until smooth.
Spared the mix evenly into a baking tray lined with parchment, and bake for 15 minutes or until the middle is firm.
When it’s cool, cut into squares (or any shape you wish) using a knife or pizza cutter – you’re looking for a consistency similar to a sponge.
Like some of the other treats, you’re best off storing these treats in the fridge as they’ll keep longer this way.
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