Homemade Dog Treats – Made with Love and Healthy Ingredients
As soon as I get a new camera – I’ll take tons of pictures of Luther’s special homemade treats and recipes…and of Luther too. My husband dropped our camera in the lake fishing. He claims he was pulling in the big one, his cohort said he lost his balance and the camera went flying! Hmmm….oh dear, who to believe? 🙂
Luther wanted me to do this recipe first. He LOVES carrots! One day we were fiddling around in the kitchen and here’s what we got. Now I can’t even open my cabinets without Luther running in to see what I’m making. This recipe is meant to be adjusted to your liking and quantity. I always make a lot them freeze them. Enjoy!
UPDATE: I thought my Luther was having tummy issues again as he keeps wanting to go outside (and it’s raining)! He knows what “wet & muddy” means. I have to clean his paws off every time he comes in. He’s well trained. He will sit and lift each front paw to be wiped off – then stand up, turn around and present me his back feet. Then he gets a treat. The little knuckle-head! I just figured out he keeps going outside so he can get his feet cleaned so he can have his crunchie! Boy am I gullible! LOL!!
Recipe Name: Luther’s Carrot Crunchies
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Amount: approx. 130
(I use a pizza cutter and make 1 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ squares)
- 2 Cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Cup of carrot puree* (I use fresh carrots – 1/2 a big bag of baby carrots and use my Cuisinart) When Luther hears the Cuisinart he comes running. TOO FUNNY!!
- Low sodium chicken broth (or water) use only enough to make a nice puree in you Cuisinart
*To make puree: Boil approximately 1/2 pound of carrots until tender. You can use water, I like to use low sodium chicken broth. Blend until creamy. That’s it! If you want to cheat, you can use canned carrots but rinse them well first (canned veggies have way too much sodium) Then blend or smash. Or you can use the equivalent with baby food if you’re in a time crunch (kind of expensive though).
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour and pureed carrots to make a stiff dough. If it’s too sticky add a little more flour. If it’s too stiff, add some water (or low sodium chicken broth).
- Lightly flour your work space and roll out the dough until it’s about ¼” thick (or less – you decide).
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies or a pizza cutter.
- Use parchment paper for your cookie sheet.
- Place the treats about ¼” inch apart on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- We store ours in airtight Tupperware for storage and/or to freeze the overage.
- If your dog likes crunchy – don’t put treats in Tupperware. We do 1/2 soft and 1/2 crunchy).
- They keep for up to two weeks.
Be creative. Use other veggies for a different and surprising taste for your fur family. I think I’m going to try peas next!
Recipe Name: Luther’s Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Amount: approx. 130 (I use a pizza cutter and make 1 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ squares)
- 1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 cup 100% Canned Pumpkin Puree. Easy Peasy, Quick and Easy!
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. I line my cookie sheet with parchment paper (no sticking)!
- In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.
- Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.
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