Have you noticed that healthy dog treats are overly expensive and surprisingly unhealthy? Have you read the ingredient list on those packages, yikes! A quick search for ingredient lists of top-rated treats sold at mega pet marts like Chewy read like a chemical digest article:
Sorbitol, Glycerin, Fructose, Gelatin, Maltodextrin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Sulfate, Artificial Flavor, Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Pyrophosphate.
Sounds like something might explode if you mixed all that together. Luckily, we got you covered with 5 healthy organic dog treat recipes you can make at home that will save you money not only on the treats but on the inevitable vet bills that could ensue if you keep shopping at the mega-mart pet stores like Chewy.
***As always, please consult your vet and be cognizant of any potential food allergies.
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
4 tablespoons of water, plus more if needed
2 cups of organic whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 organic egg
2. Mix the pumpkin, softened coconut oil, and water together in a large bowl.
Then mix in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder
3. Mix it a bit and then stir in the egg.
4. Continue to stir until it’s ALL combined. This might take a good minute and feel free to add a touch more water in order to get all of the mixture into one solid, slightly sticky ball.
5. Once done, roll the dough out on a floured surface to ~1/4 inch thick.
Using a cookie cutter, cut out treats. These can be as small or as large as you want them
6. Place prepared dough treats on a lined/ greased baking sheet and bake for ~30 minutes (depending on size) until the dough has hardened.
Let cool and enjoy your pup's excitement!
3. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
4. Next, add the buckwheat flour, egg, melted coconut oil, honey, and water. Mix well until dough-like consistency forms.
5. Transfer the dough to a cleaned countertop lined with a large piece of parchment paper and using a rolling pin, roll flat until the dough is about ¼ of an inch thick.
6. Using a dog bone shaped cookie cutter (or another shape of your choice), cut out cookie shapes and place on the lined baking sheet.
7. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned, and the cookies have hardened in the center.
Allow the cookies to cool and serve to your drooling dog!
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