With holiday baking season almost here, why not whip up another batch of dough and make a tasty treat for your pet, too? If baking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of no-bake recipes that cater to dogs as well. Described below are two tasty dog treat recipes, one of each variety.
Breath Freshening Biscuits
These biscuits are easy to prepare and use wholesome ingredients for your dog. The addition of parsley will help freshen your pet’s breath and eliminate any doggy odors. Varying the cooking time will create harder or softer biscuits, depending on your pet’s preference. Full recipe explanation can be found here.
2 cups whole wheat flour (or flour of your choice)
1 cup oats
1 TBSP dried parsley/ 2 TBSP fresh parsley
½ cup nonfat dry milk
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup + 1 TBSP cold water
Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celsius and grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
In a bowl, combine flour, oats, parsley, dry milk, and salt. Next, add peanut butter and eggs and stir. This mixture should be crumbly. Finally, add water to form the dough. If necessary, add more water a tablespoon at a time until a cohesive dough is formed.
Dough can be treated in one of several ways. For instance, dough balls can be formed and flattened with the help of the flat end of a drinking glass into circular cookie shapes. Another option is to roll the dough into the desired thickness and cut out dog biscuit shapes, or use the open side of a drinking glass to make perfect circular cookies. Bake the biscuits for 40 – 60 minutes, depending on desired doneness.
Recipe yields 42 large biscuits, or 62 smaller rounds. Treats should be stored in an airtight container and used within 2 weeks.
No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
A quick treat that can be made and stored in the fridge are these peanut butter balls, which require little effort and few ingredients.
¾ cup peanut butter
1 ¼ cup oats
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup water
Mix the peanut butter, cinnamon, and water together until smooth. Using an electric beater here is recommended, as mixture will be thick. If necessary, add additional water. Slowly add oats and continue to stir. Next, form the dough into balls. Finally, chill the treats in the refrigerator or freezer.
Recipe yields approximately 10 treats, depending on size. Treats can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer.