Boyfriends/Girlfriends may come and go, but there is someone you can always count on to stick by your side; your faithful, furry four-legged canine companion. Anyone who has spent at least five minutes with us knows that we are borderline obsessed with our lovable rescues Fox and Dudley. They even have matching bandanas and anti-anxiety beds! There’s nothing we won’t do for these two floofballs. We wanted to make sure that they didn’t feel left out of the Valentine’s Day love fest, so we made some special treats just for them.
One reason we like to make our own treats? We know exactly what’s going in them. Since we’re not using preservatives, these biscuits won’t last as long as store bought ones (unless you leave them in the freezer). Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover items you already have in your kitchen.
Despite the rise in popularity of grain-free dog food, recent studies have shown that this diet is linked to causing serious heart conditions for our dogs. Gluten-free dietary issues are part of our national dietary dialog, so many just assume the same should apply to dogs.
All this is to say, the use of whole wheat flour in these recipes is totally safe and heart healthy (unless your dog has specific food allergies). These doughs all come together very easily and are made with human grade ingredients!
Sweet Potato & Almond Butter BowWows
These can easily be modified to use up extra produce and nut butters you have on hand.
The sweet potato in this recipe can be swapped with pumpkin, carrot, apple sauce, or banana (check this list to double check dog food dangers).
Almond butter can be swapped with peanut butter, cashew butter, or hazelnut butter. But definitely do not use the following nuts: pistachio, macadamia, walnut, or pecan.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup sweet potato (about 1 medium sweet potato)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Prick sweet potato with a fork all over.
Microwave sweet potato until cooked through and soft about 5 minutes.
Whisk together the egg, sweet potato (scooped out of the skin), and almond butter. Add the flour slowly until the dough comes together and no longer sticks to the bowl.
Roll the dough 1/4-inch-thick, and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
Spread them out onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 30 minutes. Cooking time will depend on how big your shapes are, these 1 inch hearts took around 30 minutes to get to a crunchy texture.
Easy Meaty Treaties
Have some jars of baby food that your two legged child doesn't care for? Baby food is an easy dog treat hack; just add in the flour until you have a rollable dough. You can also form small balls and bake if you’re short on cookie cutters.
2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour (or wheat germ, or spelt, or rolled oats, or a mixture of these, etc.)
2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food - beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken - whatever. Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it*. Avoid any with sodium, sweeteners, or artificial preservatives (should be easy, most are just pureed veggies and water).
Preheat the over to 350°
Roll out dough and cut out treats
Spread them out onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Optional: Brush with an egg wash (whisk one egg) to give treats a little shine.
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cooking time will depend on how big your shapes are, these 3 inch bones took around 25 minutes to get to a crunchy texture.