I’m traveling this week to speak at the BlogHer Food conference in Miami, Florida, and so I asked my friend Kimmy to share a recipe for a whole new category of food that I’ve never done on this blog before – homemade dog treats!
I don’t live with any pups as I’m a self-described crazy cat woman, but the ingredients for this recipe are so tempting that I would consider making them for a human treat. <—-This comes from the person who once ate milk bones as a kid to see why my childhood Golden Retriever loved them so much. I have no doubt that these would be better. 🙂
I hope you enjoy Kimmy’s post that includes both the recipe and a heart-warming story about the adoption of her rescue dog, Sunny.
Guest post from Kimmy, author of Rock My Vegan Socks:
Let me preface this by thanking Carrie for the opportunity to guest post on one of my favorite blogs. I am so happy to share my story on how I met the love of my life and some healthy treats you can make for your fur-babies.
When my husband finally conceded to getting a dog, I was over the moon. I had been bugging him about getting one for five years. And I of course spent a good chunk of those years thinking of what kind of dog I wanted; the size (medium), gender (male), breed (cockapoo or similar), hair colour (white) and above all else – no puppies.
My good friend Brie just happened to volunteer at a local dog rescue, so I gave her specific instructions as to what kind of dog I wanted and had her keep her eye out for me.
As you can see, this dog is so not what I had in mind:
After meeting a few dogs that met my criteria and not immediately feeling a connection with them, I was feeling a little frustrated. Then Brie sent me a picture of this cute little girl dog that I did not think was my “fur-ever” dog. But she insisted I meet this rescue puppy and well, it was love at first lick.
In short, Sunny is the most awesome companion I could have ever asked for. She loves me even when I’m wearing no make up and sweatpants (that’s a true friend), adores my off-key singing, follows me around when I clean to keep me company, and curls up on my lap when I read. She walks, hikes & runs with me and is pretty well with me all the time. She is my soul-dog:
While Sunny loves to eat fruits and vegetables, she also loves doggie treats. But, I am not a fan of some of the ingredients that many dog treats have (lots of added sugars, artificial flavors and fillers). I still buy these sometimes as she does enjoy them, but I try to find high quality treats when I’m able. And recently, I have even made some homemade treats, as Carrie mentioned:
I found this recipe (http://vegweb.com/recipes/peanut-butter-carob-wheat-free-doggie-treats) online and have adapted it to fit my style and pantry more:
Homemade Almond Butter Dog Treats
- Yield: 8
- Category: Dog treats
- 1 cup of gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten-free flour)
- ½ cup gluten-free oats
- ¼ cup carob powder
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp of flax mixed with 6 tbsp of warm water)
- ¼ cup crunchy almond butter (or your dog’s favorite nut butter)
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup coconut water
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients (flour, oats & carob).
- In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients (flax, nut butter, applesauce, coconut oil). Add the wet ingredients with the dry and stir until well combined. Add the coconut water until the mixture forms a bit of a sticky dough.
- Form the dough into a ball. Lightly flour your counter and roll the dough out to ½ inch thickness and use cookie cutters to cut out cookies.
- Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil and arrange the cookies on the sheet so they are spaced out.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and make sure they cool completely before feeding to your furry one.
As sometimes our pets can have sensitive tummies, you may want to talk to your vet before making your fur-baby a homemade treat. But, I can say with certainty, that this recipe is absolutely Sunny-approved:
Thank you again, Kimmy, for sharing your fantastic recipe and story!