DIY Holiday Treats for your Pets

20 Dec, 2016

DIY Holiday Treats for your Pets

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s not yet too late to make delicious pet treats for your furry babies!

Here are some holiday treats that your pets will love:

Apple Mint Christmas Dog Bones

(source: www.best-dog-treat-recipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring or spinach powder (to get the color desired)
  • 7/8 cup water

Directions

  • Place everything in the bread machine on the dough cycle.
  • When the dough is ready, roll it to1/4” thick with a non-stick rolling pin.
  • Using a mini bone cookie cutter, cut the dough into mini dog bone shapes.
  • Bake at 250 degrees F for about an hour. Check to make sure that they don’t get too brown.
  • Turn off the oven and let the mini dog bones dry completely in the oven—This works best overnight.

 

 Sweet Potato Dog Treat

(source: www.allrecipes.com)

Photo by: JasonMark123

Ingredients:

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prick sweet potato several times with a fork.
  2. Heat sweet potato in a microwave on high until tender, about 6 minutes. Cut potato in half and scoop flesh out of the skin into a bowl; discard skin. Mash potato with a fork or potato masher and transfer about 1 cup to a large bowl. Save any remaining sweet potato for another use.
  3. Mix whole wheat flour, applesauce, and eggs in the large bowl with the sweet potato until a dough forms. Turn dough out on a well-floured surface and roll dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or cut dough into strips with a pizza cutter. Arrange cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake until crisp, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

 

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

(source: www.thecookierookie.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and the egg. Add peanut butter, water, honey and stir until you have stiff dough. the dough becomes very firm and sticky. you may need to use your hands, or the paddle attachment on your mixer.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. the treats barely spread and rise, so get creative with your shapes.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden.
  5. keep in an airtight container or give as gifts!

 

Savory Cheese Bites Cat Treats

(Source: www.petplace.com)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

 

Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats

(source: www.popsugar.com)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves
  • 1 cup organic quick-cooking oats
  • 1 organic brown egg
  • 1 tablespoon organic catnip
  • 1/4 cup flour

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through. You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
  2. Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together. It should still be a bit chunky but also smooth, similar to the texture of wet sand.
  3. Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
  4. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a pizza cutter or small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the finished treats.
  5. Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool until room temperature, and then toss to your cat.

Do you have other holiday pet treat recipes? Share it in the comments section!

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