Healthy Dog Treats

Publicado por AmyZ, FREELANCER en

We recently decided to start making our own dog treats. Firstly, because we wanted to attain direct control over our product quality, design & ingredients. Secondly, to offer more variety than the ones we could purchase at wholesale and thirdly, to save money. We have always designed all our accessories for the exact same reasons so it seemed only fitting that we should prioritise providing healthy dog treats above anything else. 

Packed Full Of Goodness

We wanted to make sure that our treats were packed full of goodness. We scoured the internet for baked dog treat recipes, however many of them contained plain bleached flour, sugars and eggs. We wanted to avoid the eggs (even though they are great for your dogs coat) as it adds moisture to the biscuit, making it softer with a shorter shelf life. We wanted out baked treats to last at least 6 months and to be a crunchy hard bite for your dog, full of healthy vitamins and minerals. 

We settled on fresh fruit & vegetables such as pumpkin, banana, apples, coconut and natural peanut butter with no Xylitol. For dry ingredients, we decided to use Australian Certified Organic Oats, Coconut flour & Cinnamon. For wet ingredients, we sourced some organic honey from our local bee keeper and Australian Certified Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. 

Goodies & The Baddies

Want to try your hand at some healthy dog treats? They’re super easy to make and your PAWfect pal will thank you for these!

Before we jump into the recipe, we want to start by sharing some info regarding the key ingredients. This recipe uses locally sourced organic honey (Manuka honey has the highest rate of antibacterial properties),organic rolled oats, organic bananas and organic coconut flour.

We all know that honey is a great natural ingredient with many health benefits for humans but did you know that it’s great for your dog too? Just as honey soothes our throat, it can also be soothing for your dog, particularly if they have kennel cough. It can also be used to treat stomach issues and help reduce allergies.

Remember that honey is going to have a similar effect on your dog as sugar- it will give them a small spurt of energy, so time your treats and give before a walk or training. Some dogs can be allergic to bees and pollen so please check with your vet.

Bananas are healthy, nutritious and safe for your dog (including the peel). The peel is not toxic to dogs but they may experience problems digesting it. Bananas are high in potassium, magnesium, fibre and low in cholesterol. Magnesium is great for saw muscles and sleep.

Peanut butter is safe for your dog as long as you buy the one with no Xylitol. As Australians have become more and more opposed to sugar, more and more products contain Xylitol which is toxic to dogs. It’s a sugar substitute found in low or sugar-free products. Check the ingredient list or make your own by blending peanuts.

Ingredients

1 Cup of rolled oats

1/2 Cup of coconut flour

1/4 Cup honey

1/2 Cup of peanut butter

2 extra ripe mashed bananas

Instructions

Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

Blend the rolled oats with coconut flour until smooth. Put aside.

Blend bananas, honey and peanut butter together to form a nice smooth paste. Add the dry ingredients. This is a very dry biscuit, which will help them last longer. The coconut flour absorbs all the moisture. Roll dough until it is approximately 6mm thick for small biscuits or 1cm for large biscuits.

Once rolled, use different shaped cookie cutters to create cute bone shaped biscuits. Place cut shapes on a tray and bake on 150 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes or until hard.

Tips

If the mixture feels too dry, you can add more banana or a raw egg. You can substitute the bananas for mashed pumpkin.

The biscuits will harden as they cool. Do not let the cookies brown, turn the temp down if they’re blowing too quickly and rotate regularly. If you want to extend the life of your biscuits even longer, bake for 15minutes only and then place in a dehydrator on 90 degrees for 12 hours. This will make them super crunchy and last up to 12 months in an airtight container.


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