Ask anyone, I love my dog more than I love most people. I do everything I can to keep her safe and healthy! Unfortunately, the pet-food industry is an extremely dirty one. Companies constantly cutting costs (just like the human-food industry) create nightmares for the consumer. From staph and other bacterium contaminates to mystery deaths and illness from treats sourced in China, it seems that no one can be too careful! The best alternative I can think of is to make her treats at home! This was my first attempt at a dog treat recipe, and was pleasantly surprised!
Cut out the crap! A dog treat recipe without the added junk.
I basically threw all of her favorite foods into a dough-mixture that was sure to please. Whole-wheat flour was used for the base, resulting in a nice protein-rich crunch. From here, you can experiment with whichever dog-safe foods your fur-baby likes! I chose banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and almond butter for the flavor, a flax egg for added omegas for skin and coat health, and rolled oats for a nice texture change (I like to pretend she notices).
After all the patient waiting, Athena finally got the treat she had been faithfully sniffing the oven for!
As soon as they cooled, I broke one in half to test it against the real food critique. A couple of sniffs and BAM!! Cookie disappeared into the depths of the beast’s mouth. Never to be seen or heard from again.. that is, until she realized it was gone and started begging for more. Success! I like to give these out when special attention is needed. Even though this dog treat recipe is fairly healthy (especially compared with store-bought), too much of anything can be hard on their little tummies. We save these for good bath-times, overly successful walks, or advanced tricks she masters! I’m convinced these alone are motivating her more than I ever could!
Let me know how your fur-baby likes them! How did they turn out? Respond in the comments below 🙂
Baked goods require many things to be considered to be a successful dessert. One of the most important traits is the texture.. Is it crunchy? Moist? Falling apart? Each element of the recipe has to be in perfect balance for the chemical reactions to take place, producing a superb final product. In many recipes, eggs are used exactly for this purpose, helping to add moisture and bind the ingredients together. It does so quite well and it would be extremely easy to continue using, if it weren’t for the horrors of the egg industry.
Skip the unnecessary trip to the grocery store, ground flax (in the form of a flax egg) offers the perfect alternative! It easily absorbs many times its weight in water, thickening into a gel-like consistency. Perfect for adding moisture and binding ingredients together without adding a noticeable flavor (like banana tends to do).
Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, until you see it gel up nicely. Will replace one egg for most recipes, double or triple as needed. Some recommend placing in the fridge while waiting, but I have never noticed a difference.