3 Homemade Christmas Dog Treats

Christmas is all about spreading love, joy and indulgences. We have the festive roast with all its trimmings, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and just about anything else we could desire but what about our pets? Christmas is another perfect time to show them our love and appreciation by creating some tasty homemade dog treats.

Just remember no sugars, especially chocolate or any other hazardous ingredients which can potentially bring more harm than joy. Yes, you can spoil your dog whilst at the same time being sure the food they have is both safe and tasty and still be free of additives and preservatives; but be smart about it.

Christmas is all about spreading love, joy and indulgences. We have the festive roast with all its trimmings, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and just about anything else we could desire but what about our pets? Christmas is another perfect time to show them our love and appreciation by creating some tasty homemade dog treats.The natural dog food retailer, Feedem, have shared their top three favourite dog treat recipes with me and today I am passing their knowledge over to you.

Frozen peanut butter yoghurt treats

Despite being human food, peanut butter and yoghurt have become firm favourites with our pooches — and they’re safe for their tummies too. One really easy treat they’ll love is frozen peanut butter yoghurt treats.

Choose a yoghurt that’s free from artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Make sure your peanut butter is unsalted and free from artificial sweeteners too.

Melt one cup of peanut butter in the microwave and mix with 32 ounces of yoghurt. Pour the mixture into cupcake papers and place in the freezer. Once frozen, serve to your dog.

Grain-free dog treats

If you’re catering to a pooch that has a grain allergy, don’t worry — you can still create tasty snacks that won’t upset their stomach. To create these biscuits, you’ll need a cooked, cooled sweet potato, a quarter cup of coconut oil and two cups of quinoa flour.

Preheat your oven to 175°C. Combine the sweet potato and coconut oil in a bowl and mix well. Add the flour cup-by-cup to the bowl until the dough begins to stick together.

Flour your surface and roll out the dough until it’s about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut out the treats and bake for 20-25 minutes. Turn off the oven but leave the treats inside to cool for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove from oven and serve once fully cool.

Cheesy biscuits

Another doggy favourite is cheese — we’ve all seen those begging eyes as we tuck into a pizza! Keep their cravings at bay and make them their very own cheesy biscuits. They only take about 20 minutes to make, so are great if you’re looking for something quick and easy that’s still really tasty!

You’ll need 125g multipurpose flour, 25g of grated parmesan cheese and 25g of grated cheddar cheese, 1 egg and 350ml of evaporated milk.

Preheat your oven to 175°C. Mix all of the ingredients together and ensure they’re well blended. Grease a baking tray and place teaspoon-size balls on the tray, making sure to space them out. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

 

There you have it – three easy yet super tasty recipes for your pooch. I hope you will give them a try over the Christmas season or anytime really as we all deserve a treat from time to time, don’t we? And if you aren’t the cooking type you can always treat your pooch with shop bought treats, but please remember what’s good for you isn’t necessary good for your dog, so please buy treats designed for dogs and don’t feed them humans leftovers, especially no cooked bones as they can be truly dangerous.

Till next time.

* This is a collaborative post.

Carrot Pulp and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Lately we have been juicing a lot. All is good but after each session we are left with a lot of pulp and it seems like such a waste to simply pop it into the food bin and we are not naturally born gardeners. So this gave me an idea for “recycling” my carrot, apple or whatever pulp that comes out from my juicer. Adding it into the dog biscuits we were making was a no brainer as a first step… so next on the agenda is a human grade cake 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup carrot pulp
  • 1 cup unsalted smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic wholemeal flour
  • 1 egg

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre. Method:

Preheat the oven to 160C fan.

Prepare one large baking tray. If you wish, you can line it with some parchment but these cookies do not stick to the tray so that step can be easily skipped.

Pop all ingredients into a mixing bowl and using a silicone spatula mix it well.

After a short while everything will combine and form smooth, easy to play with dough.

Using your hands flatten out the dough in order to cut the desired shape of your finished cookie or if you prefer to do a proper job then use a rolling pin to make sure each cookie is super even in size. Our two dogs don’t care about looks so long as they keep coming, so we opt for the rustic method of rolling.

So I normally use just my hands (less washing up later on) and flatten it out till it is about 1.5cm thick.

While making this batch I’ve had to use a tall slim glass to cut my cookies. The batch ended up yielding 15 pieces.

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Once all cookies are cut out or formed into their final shape then place on the baking tray and pop them into the oven and set a timer for 12 minutes (you might need to increase the time to 15 minutes it will all depend on how dry your carrot pulp was and of course your cooker). They should be slightly golden in colour but still a little soft to the touch when pressed.

Once ready remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes on the baking tray. After this time move them onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Both Lilly and Bunk really liked them so I hope your pooch will enjoy them too.

Super easy, quick and tasty dog treats that will make your furry friend work hard for more, I promise. Not only will they provide a nice treat, they will also supply your dog with well needed fibre.

Homemade Turmeric and Fish Gourmet Dog Treats

Turmeric is an amazing herb. It is called the spice of life and at first glance it would appear to be almost anti-everything; to add to its awesomeness it is also the most potent natural anti-inflammatory.

Just over a week ago our Bunk twisted something whilst on his morning walk… he walked back home but once he lied down, he wasn’t able to get up very easily. Every time he tried, he cried, and we knew he was in pain. After a chat with our local vet we decided to wait it out… it was a good call as the next day he was feeling better and the day after it was like his injury never happened but… thinking about any possible reoccurrences of this potential problem in the future, we have decided to act now, a stitch in time and all that…

Homemade Turmeric & Fish Gourmet Dog TreatsI developed this recipe to specifically help with his recovery but then after reading more and more about all the wonders of turmeric I have now decided to feed it to both dogs daily in the form of treats.

The measurements below are perfect for my two large dogs for a week. With the quantities below the mixture will make 65 cookies, so I know exactly how much turmeric is in each cookie. If you have small dogs or just one dog, you might want to halve the ingredients (you can skip the egg) or just reduce the amount of turmeric. Dog can have ¼ teaspoon of turmeric per day, for every 10lbs of its body weight. Please check the dosage carefully so you do not feed too much turmeric to your dog!

My Homemade Turmeric & Fish Gourmet Dog TreatsIngredients:

  • 300g organic oats
  • 65g organic turmeric
  • 270g sardines in oil – two tins
  • 2tbsp organic wholemeal flour; heaped
  • 1tsp black fresh cracked pepper
  • 1tbsp organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil; heaped
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml fish stock

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C and line two large trays with baking paper.

In a large bowl place the oats, flour, turmeric, pepper, egg and sardines and stir. Add the coconut oil and pour the hot stock over the top of it all (this will help to melt the coconut oil).

Continue to mix all the ingredients until well combined but remember to wear gloves if you are doing it by hand. The first time I made these cookies I didn’t wear any gloves and my hands were a lovely yellow/orange for days afterwards despite multiple washing and soakings in the hope of getting rid of the colour.

Once your dough is well combined move it onto a work surface and roll out flat until your mixture is about 0.5cm thick.

Use a cookie cutter to give your treats the desired shape and place on the lined baking tray. I wanted to make a lot of small cookies, little and often, as it ended up we do not own any small cookie cutters so I was using an upside down shot glass to make my cookies.

Bake in the earlier preheated oven for around 20 minutes. As with any baking they will be done when they have turned a nice golden colour, they should be firm to a light finger press.

Remove from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before placing on a cooling rack to allow them to cool completely.

I hope your dog will like them as much as my two do.

Homemade Turmeric and Fish Gourmet Dog Treats

What do you use turmeric in?

Have you ever given a pet turmeric before?

Turmeric is an amazing herb. It is called the spice of life and at first glance it would appear to be almost anti-everything; to add to its awesomeness it is also the most potent natural anti-inflammatory.