3 Healthy, Homemade Treats for Your Dog

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Whether your pooch suffers from allergies or you’re just looking for a healthy treat, these tasty recipes will get two paws up.

 

Any pet parent will tell you that their dog is just as much a part of the family as any two-legged member — which means they’re just as concerned about their health. And making smart choices about what is, and isn’t, in your pet’s dish is one of the best ways to keep your best friend healthy. Luckily, you can still spoil your pup with a tasty snack without sacrificing their health.

Instead of giving into beggars with table scraps and processed treats, whip up one of these desserts from Home Cooking for Your Dog: 75 Holistic Recipes for a Healthier Dog. Designed with dogs’ nutritional needs in mind, they are full of delicious flavor and made with healthy ingredients you can easily find in the grocery store.

Ruby’s Red Velvet Cake

Makes 1 (8-by-8-inch) cake

Ingredients:
3 medium red beets
1/2 cup carob powder
1/2 cup hot water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sunflower seed oil
2 large eggs
1 5-ounce can of tuna in water, drained
2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the beets in a small saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring the water to a boil and cook for about 45 minutes, or until the beets are tender. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, peel then dice the beets. Puree the diced beets in a food processor.    Set aside. You should have about 2 cups of beet puree.

In a large bowl, combine the carob powder and hot water and stir until smooth. Add the beet puree, flour, oil, tuna, and eggs and mix well.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and distribute it evenly. Bake it for 40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan, about 30 minutes, before serving. Once the cake is cooled, ice the top with the yogurt. Cut pieces about 2 inches square, then break up a piece in your dog’s bowl and serve.  Cover the leftovers with foil and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Photo Courtesy of Home Cooking for Your Dog by Christine Filardi © Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Paco is allergic to beef and chicken. These peanut butter cups were created for him and other dogs allergic to cereal grains and meat.

 

Paco’s Peanut Butter Cups

Makes 3 dozen

Ingredients:
2 large eggs
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup hot water

Preheat the oven to 325F. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the oats, mozzarella, peanut butter, and water and mix well.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart from each other. (Spray or line a second baking sheet if you run out of room on the first.) Bake them for 15–18 minutes, until slightly hardened. Allow the treats to cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes before serving. Refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Bacon and Cream Cheese Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:
8 ounces turkey bacon
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup sunflower seed oil
2 large eggs, beaten
3⁄4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and coat each one with nonstick cooking spray.

Place the turkey bacon in a food processor and pulse to roughly chop it.

In a large bowl combine the flour and baking powder and mix well. Add the bacon, coconut milk, oil, and eggs and mix well.

Fill each muffin cup almost to the top with batter. Bake them for 25–30 minutes, until golden brown on top. Allow the muffins to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Once cooled, ice each muffin with 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese. Cover the leftovers with foil and refrigerate them for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Home Cooking for Your Dog by Christine Filardi © Stewart, Tabori & Chang

 

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COMMENTS FROM THE LOVINMYPUP ADMINISTRATOR:  THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE ON MAKING WHOLESOME TREATS FOR YOUR PUPS.  I HAVE NOT HAD TIME TO TRY ALL THREE RECIPES, BUT I WANTED TO TRY AT LEAST ONE BEFORE I POSTED THESE RECIPES   I PICKED THE ONE CALLED  PACO’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS.  PEANUT BUTTER IS ONE OF BELLA’S FAVORITE TREATS!   I HAD ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS IN MY KITCHEN SO I GOT RIGHT TO BAKING.   AS I WAS MIXING I NOTICED THAT MY KITCHEN WAS SMELLING VERY GOOD!  THE RECIPE WAS VERY EASY AND SOMEHOW BELLA SEEMED TO KNOW THE GOODIES WERE FOR HER.  SHE WENT CRAZY WHEN THEY CAME OUT OF THE OVEN.    I MADE THE CUPS BIGGER THAN SUGGESTED BECAUSE BELLA IS A 60 POUND DOBERMAN SO I GOT 2 DOZEN OUT OF THE MIX.   NEXT TIME I THINK I WILL DOUBLE THE RECIPE!    IF THE OTHERS ARE AS EASY AS THIS ONE WAS,  (AND AS GOOD)  I WILL BE MAKING THESE ON A REGULAR BASIS.   NO CHEMICALS – ALL NATURAL- AND I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS IN IT!   A TRUE FIND.

KEEP COMING BACK, THERE IS MORE TO COME.   AND DON’T FORGET TO SHARE SOME LOVE WITH YOUR PET TONIGHT!

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