Who says humans get to have all the fun when it comes to treats at a celebration? Unfortunately, the bite-sized candy that is given out at parties can be dangerous for pets, but there are plenty of delicious (and healthy) alternatives available for giving your pet an extra special treat.
Grain Free Peanut Butter Apple Cake
Most homemade dog treat recipes call for grains of some sort, such as wheat flour or oats, but not all dogs can tolerate these ingredients due to finicky digestive systems. This grain free cake is easy to make, uses few ingredients, and is guaranteed to make your dog feel special. Simply preheat the oven to 350o F (175o C), and combine 1 egg, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, ½ of a finely chopped apple, and ½ teaspoon baking powder. Pour the batter into a greased ramekin or jumbo muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. To make this cake extra special for your dog, you can frost it with peanut butter or cream cheese. Do not serve until the cake has fully cooled.
DIY Skeleton Bone Treats
If you’re looking to really get into the pawty spirit, why not try these easy-to-make bone-shaped treats? You will need a skeleton bone pan (can be purchased from craft or cake-decorating supply stores), or you can roll the dough into bone shapes yourself.
To make the dough, combine 2.5 cups non-bleached flour, 1 egg, and 1 cup of chicken broth. Work the dough until it forms a ball, and then create your bone shapes by either pressing them into the bone pan, or rolling them into the desired shape. Next, bake them in the oven at 350o F (175o C) for 30 minutes.
While the bones are baking prepare the glaze, which will give these treats a weathered look, by combining 1 cup plain yogurt with ½ cup of water and mix until all lumps disappear. Dip the cooled bones into the glaze, and then place them in the freezer until the yogurt is frozen (approximately an hour). Recipe makes 4 bones.
Canine Candy Corn
Candy corn can be popular at pawties, but allowing your pup a few pieces of this waxy, sugary treat would likely lead to a stomach ache. If you are particularly crafty and patient, you can create your own canine version of candy corn for your pet instead. You will need three separate bowls, one for each colored component.
For the white component, combine 1 egg white with ¼ cup of flour of your choice.
For the yellow component, combine 1 egg yolk with ¼ cup of corn flour (alternatively, other types of flour can be used but will produce a less vibrant yellow color).
For the orange component, combine ¼ cup pureed pumpkin with ½ teaspoon turmeric and ¼ cup of flour (preferably corn flour for most intense coloring).
To create the candy corn, form the classic triangle by pressing dough balls of varying sizes (orange should be largest, followed by yellow, then white) together. Bake the pieces for 8 minutes at 180o C. Recipe produces one small batch.