I’m always looking for healthy treats for our dog Max. He’s been going through some training lately to get him ready for the new baby girl we are expecting any day now and to “increase his confidence” with new tricks (as our trainer explained to us). Max has what I call a “sensitive ecosystem” so we are careful about what food he gets. Rarely any human food and limited on the treats. His digestive track just doesn’t tolerate a whole lot.
I found a couple of great things recently. Number One – Kiwi magazine (Gotta love their slogan: Growing families the natural and organic way). Number Two – the great dog treat recipe I found inside Kiwi’s July 2011 issue. The main article this recipe came from was about throwing “a pooch party”. Sounds fun, but not on my current agenda with a baby on the way. So I opted for just whipping up the recipe this time. We’ll plan a party later on.
I was not able to find this recipe to link to online, so here it is:
Bake time: 15 minutes
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, plus more as needed
½ tsp salt
1 cup parsley, chopped
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup honey
2 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter
1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined. If the mixture is sticky, add another 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour.
Transfer the dough to a clean surface and use your hands to flatten into a disk. Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough about ¼ inch thick. Use a small, bone shaped cookie cutter (or any shape of your choosing) to cut the dough and transfer to the baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Allow to cool on wire rack for at least 5 minutes before serving. Cookies will keep for up to a week in an airtight container or up to three months in the freezer. Makes 50 to 60 cookies.
What great little treats this recipe made! The dough was so easy to roll out so it made the whole prep process super simple. While making this recipe, my food processor and I had a little disagreement, which I lost and ended up with 4 stitches (I don’t want to talk about it). So the chill time for the disk of dough definitely exceeded the “up to 24 hours” recommended in the recipe. It was in the fridge for about 48 hours before I had a chance to roll it out and bake the cookies. No big deal, the dough was still great and easy to roll!
Max can’t get enough of anything peanut butter flavored, so these treats were a hit with him! Strangely enough, my husband also stole a few cookies off of the cooling rack. Not too sure about that… I didn’t have a dog bone cookie cutter so I just used the mini cookie cutters I had on hand: an apple, star, leaf, chili pepper, and heart. Sometimes Max doesn’t play so well with his girlfriend Kai (Joanna’s yorkie), but he is excited to give her a few dog treats as a gift. He chose the hearts and chili peppers – probably to show his love and let her know that Kai still makes him hot…even though he’s been fixed. Check out this post to see a picture of the two lovebirds together.
Always be mindful of the food you are giving your pets. Like I mentioned with Max’s food sensitivities, there are some things I avoid giving to him. Do not try this recipe if you know of any food allergies or issues that will affect your pooch.
What pet treat ingredient makes your dog go crazy?
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