When I think of the holidays, I think of lots of yummy foods and desserts. For me, everything is considered containing ZERO calories from November 1 to December 31. But for my two golden retrievers, Taylor and Brady, those holiday foods and desserts are off limits. So I have started making them special snacks. I know that each ingredient is fresh and, of course, all natural.
Here are a two of my favorite Holiday Pet Recipes
2 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup finely diced apple
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together flour and baking powder until no lumps remain. Add diced apple, pumpkin, egg and water, and stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, and use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Bake about 30 minutes or until crisp. Cool completely on a wire rack before sharing with your pup.
Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Biscuit Treats
Dogs are part of the family. Treat them like family members with these super-easy-to-make sweet potato dog biscuits.
3.5 ounces sweet potato baby food
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon honey
1 large egg, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine sweet potato baby food, flour, rolled oats and honey. Use a sturdy spatula to combine everything. Dump contents to a lightly floured working surface, and knead dough.
3. Pat or roll dough to a thickness of about 1/4 to ½ inch. Use cookie cutters to punch out shapes. Stick to one or two similarly sized shapes to ensure even baking.
4. Place cutouts on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly brush the tops of the cutouts with beaten egg wash.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until biscuits are crisp and golden in color. Rotate pan midway through baking. Let treats cool in the pan before treating your dog.
Note: If your dog has no wheat/gluten allergies, you can use all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour.
For more healthy snacks for your pets, go to www.dirtydogsspa.com/treatrecipies.
Vanessa Davis is the owner of Dirty Dogs Spa and Boutique in Wake Forest.